Wairua - Tikanga Māori in New Zealand Children's Books
1 September – 28 October
Level 2 Space, North Wing
Discover the illustrations and spirit of three New Zealand authors and illustrators in the exhibition, Wairua.
This exhibition features more than 30 children’s illustrations, including five large cut-outs, which show how Māori stories are brought to life through vibrant art beyond the pages of a book.
These works depict Māori myths and legends from the past and other places, along with events and issues relating to the here and now.
You will find works by Robyn Kahukiwa, Gavin Bishop and Murray Grimsdale, who have made valuable contributions to representing Māori perspectives in children’s literature. Their illustrations deal with tikanga, plus the practices and values that embody Māori knowledge and attitudes.
Wairua means spirit, and refers to the realm beyond the visible world. The illustrations in this exhibition not only enhance and extend the stories they accompany; they are also powerful statements of a Māori worldview.
This exhibition has been developed by Te Tai Tamariki Aotearoa Children’s Literature Trust and toured by Millennium Art Gallery, Blenheim.