• Robin White
  • Ebonie Fifita
  • Tamari Cabeikanacea

McLeavey Gallery is thrilled to present, This place is a bit like a dance hall, an exhibition of new works from Robin White and her longtime friends and collaborators Ebonie Fifita and Tamari Cabeikanacea, opening on Wednesday 9 August.

The show is highly personal and presents a body of deeply considered work. Two themes weave their way through the works. One is that of absence and loss, the other of hopes and dreams.

Robin had a very strong relationship with Peter McLeavey; they shared some of the same concerns regarding the human experience, spirituality, and the question of what it is to be human and navigate the world. The loss of him was felt deeply and his personal mythology is depicted in these new works.

She has also explored the theme of the journey of life which we all take. Often that journey is an aspirational one, the migrant experience of searching for a better life or new opportunities or those seeking out new experiences, spiritual growth and adventure. This is a universal experience and a theme she has long been concerned with.

Throughout the works we also find an exploration of interior spaces and the significance of what we find within those spaces, both the objects and also that which is not physically present - the presence of those who have previously inhabited space and the memories still inhabited by space.

Alongside This place is a bit like a dance hall, McLeavey are delighted to support Robin with a very special project. Returning to ideas and imagery first explored in two exquisite watercolour and gouache paintings, Aio Ngaira, exhibited at the gallery in 2021, Robin has developed a limited edition print.

Titled Aio Tabera, the hand water-coloured woodcut print has been developed to raise funds for a new documentary film about Robin's life and work within a Pacific context. Produced and directed by esteemed filmmaker Dame Gaylene Preston, the documentary travels around Aotearoa and the Pacific observing Robin and her collaborators engaged in making ngatu and masi artworks – from planting the tree, gathering the bark, preparing pigments, to painting these beautiful, monumental works.

Aio Tabera will be available through the gallery. Please let us know if you are interested in acquiring one.

For more information, to inquire about the limited edition print or to receive a copy of the digital catalogue once it is available, please contact the gallery.

Opening Hours

  • Wednesday - Friday, 11am–5pm
  • Saturday, 11am–3pm


  • 147 Cuba Street
  • Te Aro
  • Pōneke Wellington