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The Te Awamutu Museum presents the Open Artist Studio project offering an opportunity for an artist to set up a working studio in one of the Museum galleries and be on site to share their expertise, creative process and market work based on the Museum collection to visitors. The Open Artist Studio project has three main objectives - collaborate with the Museum to develop a theme in response to objects in the collection; exhibit exisiting evolving and new work based on that theme; and present a range of interactive programmes.
Oriwa Morgan-Ward is the first artist to take up the challenge and has created Pā Harakeke - intergenerational learning utilising traditional knowledge of arrange, what korowai, kete, and tukutuku, to reflect whānau as 'te ora wairua' the spiritual pathway of connection to Papatūānuku. Pā Harakeke is a multi-layered theme developed in response to taonga Māōri in the Museum collection, some of which is on show in various galleries in the Museum. The aim is to help visitors understand the connection between traditional cultural techniques and contemporary manufactured works on show.
Come in and experience Pā Harakeke now open at the Te Awamutu Museum. For more info check out our website or Facebook.