Celebrating student success at the Ringa Toi Student Exhibition 2018

19 Sep 2018

The New Zealand Qualifications Authority (NZQA)’s annual celebration of Māori student artwork the Ringa Toi Student Exhibition opens to the public on Wednesday 19 September.

The artworks on display have achieved Excellence in NCEA Levels 1, 2, or 3 and will showcase a range of Māori art forms including raranga, kākahu (wearable art), tukutuku, tāniko, whakairo, kōwhaiwhai, mahi-tā (paint, print, spray), uku, whakapakoko (sculpture) and mahi-matihiko (digital).

Over 80 works of art by current secondary school students will feature in this year’s exhibition.

NZQA Chief Executive Karen Poutasi says Toi Māori provides a platform where the use of mātauranga Māori is advanced and Māori learner success is celebrated. The level of excellence is impressive.

“This exhibition showcases truly outstanding and beautiful artwork created by talented rangatahi.”

Students will also be able to hear from noted artist, Darcy Nicholas who has been actively involved in the contemporary Māori art movement since the late 1960’s. He is a leading contemporary Māori painter, sculptor, writer, curator, events manager, and commentator on Māori issues and has exhibited throughout New Zealand, Australia, Africa, United States, France, India, Britain, Germany, Netherlands, and Canada.

He will speak to students on Wednesday 19 September at 11am at the exhibition whilst painting on canvas.

Also speaking later in the day at 2pm is Professor/Ahorangi Derek Lardelli Of Ngāti Porou, Rongowhakaata, Ngāti Konohi (Ngāi Te Riwai), Ngāti Kaipoho (Ngāi Te Aweawe).

Derek Lardelli is a prominent leader for Māori in the 21st century and arguably one of New Zealand’s finest and most diverse artists.

He is a leading tā moko designer, painter, carver, orator, graphic designer and educationalist, researcher, tutor, kapa haka champion, composer and writer of the All Blacks' haka Kapa o pango.

“This is an opportunity for students to hear from two of Aotearoa’s leading artists, who continue to promote Māori art nationally and internationally.”

This year’s national Ringa Toi Student Exhibition will be held at the Asteron Centre, Wellington. Hosted by NZQA, the exhibition celebrates the work of secondary school students working towards achieving NCEA Levels 1–3 with a focus on Toi Māori.

The exhibition will be open for school groups and the public free of charge from Wednesday 19 September through to Friday 21 September.

Entry is free and NZQA encourages teachers and students to come along and experience the artwork on display and learn more about the future of Toi Māori.

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