On Now: 'The Art of Remembering - Te Pu o Mahara'

Group Show (Cottage & Mosaic Gallery - Curated by Rotorua Museum)


Highlighting the exceptional talent of local art students, this exhibition hosted by Rotorua Museum showcases the winners and finalists from the The Art of Remembering - Te Pū o Mahara competition. The exhibition of 23 works will be on display at The Arts Village until 25th May 2018.

Rotorua high school students were tasked with creating visual art based on the story of a Rotorua person who served in the Great War. The students selected someone from a list of people who had been researched and was be asked to interpret an aspect of their story through one of seven visual art mediums – painting, print-making, sculpture, moving image, photography, digital or mixed media.

Ngāti Whakaue Education Endowment Trust generously provided the scholarship prizes along with a trip for the Supreme Winner, Leroy Nurkka, to Wellington with his art teacher to visit The Scale of Our War exhibition at Te Papa and a tour of Weta Workshop. Each of the six local high schools that participated (Western Heights High School, Rotorua Girls High School, Rotorua Boys High School, Te Kura Kaupapa o te Ruamata, Rotorua Lakes High School and Reporoa College) will each receive a $1,000 voucher from National Art Supplies.

The competition is possible thanks to the generous support of the Ngāti Whakaue Education Endowment Trust which sponsored the prizes. Further support was provided by Rotorua Library Te Aka Mauri, Rotorua WW1 Committee and WW1 researcher Andrew Monk.

The Art of Remembering - Te Pū o Mahara will be on display at The Arts Village (1240 Hinemaru Street, Rotorua) from 21 April until 26 May 2018. The Arts Village opening hours are: Mon – Fri: 9am- 4.30pm, Sat: 10am – 4pm, Closed: Sun, ANZAC Day (25 April): 10am – 2pm.

For further information please contact Rotorua Museum, phone 07 350 1814 or email  rotorua.museum@rotorualc.nz