Join Gus Fisher Gallery for an evening of fun hands-on art making as part of Artweek 2023. Tivaivai, meaning patchwork, are treasured quilts made by women in the Cook Islands that are often presented as prestigious gifts or decoration. During this drop-in session, you will learn about the different techniques for creating Tivaivai using brightly coloured fabrics. You can create your own Tivaivai to take home or have it added to a larger quilt that will be displayed in the gallery’s corridor.

This event will be led by Mama Tukua Turia, a ta’unga tīvaivai (expert in tīvaivai), who will share her knowledge on the matriarchal art and hand-stitching techniques. Mama Tuka Turia began the Polynesian Creative Arts Mamas group in 2019, her work has been collected by Te Papa and Auckland Museum and she is routinely commissioned by the Cook Islands Consulate.

Suitable for all ages. All materials provided.

All are welcome.

Please note that as Gus Fisher Gallery is closed for exhibition installation, this workshop will be held on level 3 of the Kenneth Myers Centre, 74 Shortland Street. Access via side ramp entrance.


  • Free - All Welcome


  • Thu 12 Oct


  • 5:30 pm — 7:30 pm


  • Level 3, The Kenneth Myers Centre
  • 74 Shortland Street
  • Tāmaki Makaurau Auckland, 1010