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Creative Northland has an ongoing commitment to making sure that the arts sector in Northland is dynamic, thriving, influential and productive.

Matariki 2016

Ma te wheturangi o Matariki, e tiaki mai…

May the gentle light of Matariki guide and inspire you all year

To celebrate Matariki 2016, Creative Northland joined in the Whanau Festival on the Canopy Bridge at the Town Basin on Saturday 18 June and also toured the Seven Sisters 7 screen installation to various galleries and centres around Northland throughout June and July.

The Seven Sisters Matariki Installation was created by our own Production Manager Karen Sidney in 2014, and updated again in 2015. Each year documents seven Maori wahine Artists, and some of their connected exhibitions, who whakapapa to or are based in Te Tai Tokerau/Northland.

The Installation starts with a karanga to Matariki, written and performed by Artist Andrea Hopkins (Ngati Paoa, Marutuahu, Maniapoto). The 7 Artists (each working in different mediums) have a screen each to talk about their creative work – what the time of Matariki means to them, their artistic journeys thus far, and what has inspired them.

7 Sisters Installation 2014 Artists

Gabrielle Belz – Printmaker

Ella Henry – Teacher of digital storytelling, AUT

Andrea Hopkins – Painter

Noelle Jakeman – Clay

Karel Kaio – Curator, Sculptor

Paitangi Ostick – Ta Moko, Carver, Weaver

Reana Te Hei  – Dancer

7 Sisters Installation 2015 Artists

Exhibition: Honouring Past Weavers of Te Tai Tokerau, Te Hemoata Henare – Curator

Te Hemoata Henare – Weaver

Arana Horncy – Metalworker, Adornment

Lisa Reihana – Filmmaker, Digital Artist

Kura Te Waru Rewiri – Painter, Head of Maori Art, NorthTec

Mandy Sunlight – Weaver

Dot Waetford  – Clay