Public programme events

Te Tuhi offers a range of interesting events that encourage engagement with our exhibitions. Our events are designed to help increase participation, enhance understanding and foster enjoyment of the arts. Events are free and open to the public unless stated otherwise.

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Acts of Passage live performances

Silo 6, Wynyard Quarter


Albert Ashton, Te Hikoi
5:30pm, Thursday 17 May 2018

Te Hīkoi is a spiritual walk through the Silos, acknowledging the passage between the Pacific and Aotearoa through Te Moana Nui a Kiwa/Pacific Ocean. The artist will cleanse the space of the exhibition and acknowledge our ancestral connections during the opening of Acts of Passage while referring to his role as weaver of traditional cloaks.

Antonio Paucar, Memories from inside
11 am-5 pm, Thursday 24 - Saturday 26 May 2018
35 minutes, beginning on the hour, every hour
15-20 participants only at each performance, first come first serve

The performance Memories from inside employs play and ritual practices from the Andes to explore sensorial poetics and their relationship with bodily and spatial memory. The performance starts when participants cover their eyes with blindfolds within a space designed to reactivate the senses of hearing, smell and touch.

At the end of the performance participants are encouraged to write or draw their experience in a sheet of paper. Such records will become the sole documentation of an otherwise phenomenological, ephemeral experience.

FAFSWAG, Subordinate Tissue
5:30-7pm, Thursday 24 - Saturday 26 May 2018

Performer: Akashi Fisi’inaua
Choreography and conceptualisation: Pati Solomona Tyrell and Tanu Gago

Inspired by sociologist Erving Goffman’s exploration of the ‘ritualization of subordination’ (Gender Advertisements, 1976), FAFSWAG present Subordinate Tissue, a new performance proposing the articulation of the body as a text. In this work, the collective examine social classification of ‘feminine’ as subordinate to cultural definitions of ‘masculine’, introducing a new ritualization around the public presentation of gender, and resisting with force the colonial imperative of white, heteronormative and gendered subordination.

Rosanna Raymond, Ia TuKu
5:30-7pm, Thursday 24 - Saturday 26 May 2018
10-15 minutes
Parental guidance (contains nudity and implied violence)

Acti.VA.tor: Rosanna Raymond
BloodSound bed: Jaimie Waititi 

Performed around her installation Fa’amu’umu’umamatane aka Tropic Thunder as an actiVAtion of the artwork, Raymond’sIa TuKu is a response to the USA military presence in the Pacific, which continues to affect the sovereignty of American Samoa and Hawaii. Originally brought into Samoa from Hawaii by missionaries to ‘clothe the heathen naked body’, the mu’umu’u constitutes a pervasive dress code in the Pacific region. Through shedding the garment, Raymond attempts to reclaim her own mana and sovereignty.

Te Tuhi Exhibition Tours

Daily, 12pm, 13-26 May 2018


Join us for free daily tours of our current exhibitions. Departing from reception every day at 12pm.

This event is part of Arts Out East Festival 2018


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Exhibition tours

Our free exhibition tours are a great way to get more out of your visit to Te Tuhi. 

Take a guided tour of the gallery for special insight into the exhibitions. Groups of five or more can book a guided tour with a trained volunteer Docent. Please contact Te Tuhi to arrange a tour.