• Nova Paul
  • Yllwbro
  • Xin Cheng
  • Maria Olsen
  • Emerita Baik
  • Vivian Lynn
  • Flora Christeller
  • Mo H. Zareei
  • Richard Niania & Joyce Campbell
  • Bridget Reweti
  • Taarn Scott & Hana Pera Aoake
  • Susan Skerman
  • Richard Frater & Richard Francis

Folded Memory asks what we might learn from the physical evidence of time within the folded rings of a tree and invites audiences to imagine the gallery as a forest in which new histories can be made.

Folded Memory begins with a tree. A cross-section of a Tōtara to be precise. He Tōtara Rangatira sprouted as a sapling sometime around the year 1481. He Tōtara was felled in 1906 in Taihape. It was brought to Te Herenga Waka, where it was used to tell new stories. A colonial history was placed along its rings tracing from Columbus to Cook. Folded Memory reimagines the narratives held deep within the rings of he Tōtara.

A group show of 16 artists and collaborations, including moving image, painting, sculpture, sound and temporary installation, the exhibition draws on Nga Puhipuhi o Te Herenga Waka—Victoria University of Wellington Art Collection alongside key loaned items. Folded Memory is part of an ongoing collaboration between curators Susan Ballard and Sophie Thorn, narrating a new environmental art history of Aotearoa.

Opening Hours

  • Tuesday - Sunday
  • 11am - 5pm
  • Summer closedown: 18 December 2023 – 22 January 2024


  • Victoria University of Wellington
  • Gate 3, Kelburn Parade
  • Wellington 6012