Exhibition Details


Elizabeth Ellis (Ngāpuhi, Ngāti Kuta, Ngāti Porou Te Whānau-a-Takimoana, Ngāi Tane)
Tim Melville (Te Arawa, Ngāti Whakaue, Te Atiawa)

Join us for an enlightening "In Conversation" event featuring Māori art pioneer Elizabeth Ellis CNZM and esteemed gallery owner Tim Melville (Tim Melville Gallery). Set against the backdrop of the Wairau Māori Art Gallery exhibition Te Ao Hurihui, running from April 13th to July 28th, 2024, this event promises to explore the depths of Māori artistic heritage and the birth of contemporary Māori art.

Te Ao Hurihui is a collaborative effort between the Wairau Māori Art Gallery and the Whangārei Art Museum – utilising works from their significant collection. Featuring works by iconic artists such as Ralph Hotere, Kāterina Mataira, Para Matchitt, Selwyn Muru, Buck Nin, Cliff Whiting, Pauline Yearbury and Elizabeth Ellis, the exhibition celebrates the transformative period in Aotearoa's art history and the enduring legacy of visionary artists.

Join us as Elizabeth Ellis and Tim Melville delve into the stories, inspirations, and legacies behind these remarkable works of art. Don't miss this opportunity to gain insights into Māori artistic identity and how it continues to inspire today.

In Conversation:

  • Nigel Borell (Ngāti Ranginui, Ngāi te Rangi, Te Whakatohea, Te Rarawa, Ngāti Apakura)
  • Elizabeth Ellis (Ngāpuhi, Ngāti Kuta, Ngāti Porou Te Whānau-a-Takimoana, Ngāi Tane)


  • Free - All Welcome


  • Sat 13 Apr


  • 10:30 am


  • Wairua Māori Art Gallery
  • 2 Quayside, Town Basin
  • Whangārei 0110