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