Drawing Workshop


pango is black, mangu is too is a drawing workshop with Ashleigh Taupaki. Visitors will be drawing with charcoal, ink pens, and colour pencil - exploring rocks, making connections with non human others - display drawings alongside māunga sculpture to represent thought and the status of mountain tops as the thin mesh between this physical world and the spiritual world - Māori relationships with place and things through drawing practice.

Ashleigh Taupaki’s (Ngāti Hako, Hauraki) sculptural practise embodies a revival of indigenous narratives in Aotearoa. Her work draws on ideas of oral tradition, and Māori concepts of place-making as it pertains to self identification and ancestral association. Taupaki is currently undertaking her Masters at Elam School of Fine Arts, The University of Auckland, having completed her Bachelor of Fine Arts (Honours) in 2019. Work by Taupaki has recently been included in the exhibitions WYF: Where You From (2020), Te Uru, and Fire-Lit Kettle (2020), Enjoy Contemporary Art Space. Taupaki is half of the artist duo VVAI with Jasmine Tuiā. She is also the co-curator of Window Gallery, Tāmaki Makaurau Auckland.

Manifesting the narratives and mana of Taupaki’s whakapapa, concrete forms of the Kaimai and Coromandel-Moehau mountain ranges are erected in the gallery, carved with Hauraki Māori narratives, connecting bodies of water, figures, and native plants. Named for the sanctuary where Taupaki’s ancestors settled after being displaced by tribal warfare and colonisation, Paeroa manifests a renowned Hauraki pepeha:

Ngā Puke ki Hauraki
Ka tarehua Te Aroha
E mihi ki te whenua
E tangi ana ki te tangata
Ko Te Aroha kei roto
Ko Moehau kei waho
Ko Tīkapa te moana
Ko Hauraki te whenua
Ko Marutūahu te tangata.


The Hills of Hauraki
Stand enshrouded in the distance
I greet the land
I cry for the people
Te Aroha mountain inland
Moehau mountain to the coast
Tīkapa is the sea
Hauraki is the land
Marutūahu is the man.


  • Free


  • Sat 12 Sep


  • 1:00 pm — 2:00 pm


  • Ground Floor, 292 Karangahape Road
  • Newton, Auckland