Archived Exhibitions

 Pacifica Mamas.
Pacifica Mamas.

Turou - The call from our ancestors, the call to return home

Mary Ama, Tiana Epati, Annabella Hosking, Teuke Malaga, Soia Tatu

27 October - 10 December

Turou is an exhibition that weaves together stories from the Pacific communities who call the Corban Estate home.

‘Moana Pacific Storytelling’ – a night of storytelling from around the pacific. Storytelling across the pacific is beautiful and unique – each island has its own flavour, each storyteller has their own style. This storytelling night brings it all together for one night. Enjoy a tale from Fiji, Tonga, Samoa and the Cook islands as part of the Pacifica Mamas ‘Turou’ exhibition.


 Performance ritual at the New Guam Museum (2016). Photograph by Tameka Vahatau.
Siliga David Setoga, O le moa e soso I le matatuai

Body Surface

Ioane Ioane, Jeremy Leatinu’u and Siliga David Setoga.

8 September - 22 October

In recent years, there has been an increasing presence of the brown male body in contemporary art. This frequency represents an urgent need to talk about the brown male body in relation to social and political ideas, all the while breaking down expectations and projected stereotypes about how a brown male body, and a brown male artist, should be, act, think and appear.

Note: Some content in this show is of an explicit nature. Viewer discretion advised.


 John Vea, 'Concrete is as Concrete Doesn’t' (2017). Detail from a video still. Courtesy of the artist.
John Vea, Concrete is as Concrete Doesn’t (2017)

Concrete is as Concrete Doesn’t

John Vea

21 July - 3 September

This new exhibition by John Vea critiques Western society’s preoccupation with putting up artificial barriers between people and the natural world. In this video installation John Vea lays a small number of pavements to create a path across a landscape, painstakingly reusing tiles to demonstrate the repetitive actions undertaken by builders and the low wages they receive for these laborious tasks.


 Tūrangawaewae–a place to stand

Tūrangawaewae–a place to stand

Rona Ngahuia Osborne and Dan Mace

2 June - 16 July

Through photographic and video portraiture, Tūrangawaewae gives human faces to elemental aspects of the natural world that surrounds and sustains us. These environmental characters communicate pain, anguish, sorrow and hope as they observe our efforts to either destroy or save the place where we stand, our home, our planet, our mother, Papatuanuku.

This exhibition is part of the Auckland Festival of Photography 2017


 Annie Mackenzie, 'walking forwards backwards' (2016). Image courtesy of Shaun Matthews.
Annie Mackenzie, 'walking forwards backwards'


Annie Mackenzie, Audrey Boyle, Genevieve Packer, Gina Ferguson, Katie Smith, Nalani Gloor, and Pip Steel

14 April - 28 May

From the time we are born, we are each embedded in cloth. So too are memories that we embed into the clothing and textiles we each interact with throughout our lives. Drawing from the maligned medium of fabric, Embedded honours the role of cloth as the very thing that both covers us up, and presents us to the world.

A survey of contemporary textile art curated by Katie Smith and Maddie Gifford