Te Tuhi's name was gifted by local tangata whenua Ngāi Tai and is in reference to their ancestor Manawatere a great explorer who signalled his arrival in Aotearoa New Zealand by making his tuhi, or mark, on a pohutukawa tree using karamea, a red ochre. Te Tuhi, strives to live up to this legacy of exploration by being one of New Zealand’s foremost contemporary art spaces known for its core function of commissioning ambitious new artworks by a diverse selection of artists. The organisation is also
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renowned for supporting curatorial research resulting in exhibitions that are locally engaged, regionally responsive and internationally ambitious with a strong awareness of social, political and environmental issues.
Te Tuhi’s annual programmes include four seasons of major group and solo exhibitions and a series of live events and offsite projects. These are supported by a range of education and public programs that actively engage school students, local artists and makers, community ...