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Te Pō Uriuri: Poutu Puketapu

Poutu PuketapuTe Po Uriuri detail 2021

Poutu Puketapu, Te Pō Uriuri (detail), 2021

Available Monday 20 June – Friday 26 August | Te Pō Uriuri is an immersive experience retelling the pūrakau/legend of Uru, the eldest child of Ranginui and Papatūānuku. This installation embodies the safe haven, Te Kahutuanui-a-Rangi, the cloak of Uri’s father, where he fled, seeking refuge as he withdrew from his whānau. Uru sits here as a contemporary koruru in an era of deep darkness – Te Pō Uriuri. In a modern society where so many feel disconnected from their ancestral roots, Poutu believes that works based on purākau/legend may act as an umbilical cord to whakapapa. This work marks the beginning of Poutu’s studies for his Master’s degree and he hopes that all who enter will offer their own interpretation. He is excited to share with you this multimedia work and let the space that he has created draw you in.

Students will view the exhibition, hear the story of Uru and participate in a creative writing exercise.

Primary, Intermediate and Secondary
Year 1 - 13

Cost: FREE
Duration: 30 minutes

Group Size: Max 30. One class in the gallery at a time. (Please get in touch if you will be travelling in with two or more classes so that we can suggest some alternative programs for your second group and coordinate a time to swap over).

Subject areas: Visual Art, English, Aotearoa New Zealand histories

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