Weaving down the north island

Kathryn Tsui, Brake House by Sang (above) and Ngan House c1970 (below), both 2024

The advent of Matariki has brought with it another string of weaving exhibitions of varying kinds throughout the North Island. At Objectspace, Kathryn Tsui’s new exhibition, cloud ribbon highlights connections between Tsui’s cultural heritage and art practice. The blue and white beading echoes traditions of Chinese porcelain while the works highlight significant Chinese New Zealand arts figures – Ron Sang, Guy Ngan, Wailin Elliott; other woven textiles are informed by the traditional European weaving sampler. As with her previous exhibition based on woven shopping bags, there’s a strikingly clean emphasis on colour and geometry. cloud ribbon is showing until 18 August. If you can’t make it to Auckland, Kathryn Tsui and Grace Lai will be presenting on Tsui’s work at the CTANZ symposium in Whangārei at the end of August.


Kathryn Tsui, Wailin Elliott’s Driving Creek Pottery Studio, 2024

Also in Auckland, at Masterworks, Michelle Hinekura Kerr (Te Aitanga a Hauiti. Te Whanau a Apanui, Ngai Tuhoe, Ngati Porou, Ngati Raukawa) looks to the stars in Pura Pura Whetu, woven sculpture and harakeke beads developed over the past five years. On until 13 July.


Opening soon at the From out of the Blue Gallery, unraveling certainties is a solo exhibition by Karen Rubado, who will be in residence at the Opunake gallery for the week of installation and opening. The exhibition runs 18 July-26 August.

At Porirua’s Pātaka Art + Museum there’s Ka mua ka muri: Reflecting on our past to inform our future, weekends until 21 July. Local kairangaranga collective Mauri Oho are sharing examples of the multiple forms of weaving their members practice.


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