Tell Tails opens

Tell tails, the trailing feathered wind indicators known to Māori as puhi (on canoes) or pūhihi (on kites), are the inspiration for these artworks. They allude to the winds of change that swept Oceania following contact with other nations.
Three prominent New Zealand artists Christine Hellyar, Maureen Lander and Jo Torr have come together in this exhibition, their remarkable works a response to original early paintings, drawings, letters and printed works held in the Turnbull.
Their artworks in flax, fabric and feathers represent the layered and textured cultural exchanges between Europeans and Oceanic peoples. Rachel Esson, Associate Chief Librarian Research Collection introduced the artists and opened the exhibition to an appreciative audience. Awhina Tamarapa, Curator Maori with Christine Hellyar.

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