Ringa Toi Student Exhibition celebrates Māori art

25 Sep 2019

The national secondary schools’ 2019 Ringa Toi Student Exhibition has opened in Wellington, showcasing the artwork of students with a focus on Toi Māori.

“The New Zealand Qualifications Authority is delighted to coordinate Ringa Toi, which celebrates talented young artists working in Toi Māori,” says Alex Bidois, NZQA Deputy Chief Executive Māori.

The exhibition contains artwork from secondary school students around New Zealand, who are working towards achieving NCEA levels 1 – 3. Artworks exhibited include raranga, kākahu (wearable art), tukutuku, tāniko, whakairo, kōwhaiwhai, mahi-tā (paint, print, spray), uku, whakapakoko (sculpture) and mahi-matihiko (digital).

Alongside the exhibition, workshops are available for students to learn about Toi Māori from Māori artists.

“Toi Māori provide an important outlet to tell our stories and express what it means to live in te ao Māori.”

“Showcasing young artists encourages creative expression about our culture and history, while celebrating the survival of traditional art forms such as raranga,” Alex Bidois says.

The Ringa Toi Student Exhibition is open to the public from 8am to 6pm every weekday until 4 October, at the Asteron Centre, 55 Featherston Street, Pipitea. There is no charge for entry.

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