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Māori Girl | Ayesha Green

Graphic design by Erin Broughton
28 Nov 2018 to 22 Dec 2018
Wednesday 28 November – Saturday 22 December
'Māori Girl' is a new solo exhibition by Ayesha Green and looks to a wider understanding of relationships in our contemporary context
Event type: 
Exhibition, Public Program, Workshop/Seminar
Blue Oyster Art Project Space
16 Dowling Street, Dunedin Central


Māori Girl is a new solo exhibition by recently relocated Ōtepoti-based artist, Ayesha Green, and looks to a wider understanding of relationships in our contemporary context, asking specifically, what does whanaungatanga mean in a bicultural nation? This exhibition includes paintings and sculptural installations, referencing the interrelation and unity of friendship, whakapapa and place.


Māori Girl, a whaling boat built in 1871 for Tame Parata and Parahu Tira for their Waikouaiti Whale Fishery Company, was donated to Toitū Otago Settlers Museum in 1932. As a vessel we can draw metaphors about its personification, conduits of blood and immaterial traits of self. With the ability to float and hold others above water, Māori Girl acts as the stage between the ocean and the sky.


Ayesha Green (Kai Tahu, Ngāti Kahungunu) is an artist based in Ōtepoti. She graduated with a Master of Fine Arts from Elam in 2013 and completed a Graduate Diploma in Museums and Cultural Heritage in 2016. Recent exhibitions include: (Un)Conditional, The Melbourne Art Fair, The Physics Room and The Suter Gallery (2018); Alma Venus, Corbans Estate Art Centre (2018); The Spirit of the Thing Given (Māori), RM Gallery (2017); Biographies of Transition, To Busy to Think, Artspace (2017).


Māori Girl is generously supported by Chartwell Trust. We would like to warmly thank Ōtākou Runaka, The Otago Museum, Dunedin City Public Libraries, Māia Abraham, Cushla Donaldson and Anna van Hattum for their support in the production and development of this exhibition. We would also like to acknowledge and thank The Physics Room and Jan Warburton Charitable Trust for their support in the development of Kurawaka, included in this exhibition.


Public Programme

Events are free to attend and all are welcome.


What does whanaungatanga mean in a bicultural nation?

Panel Discussion with Professor Ruth Fitzgerald (Department of Anthropology & Archaeology, Te Tari Mātai Tikaka Takata me te Whaipara Takata), Janine Kapa (Deputy Chief Executive: Māori Development/Kaitohutohu at Otago Polytechnic), Suzanne Menzies-Culling (Tauiwi Solutions), Tia Pohatu (Māori Historian, Researcher), chaired by Bridget Riggir-Cuddy (Curator and Writer).


Wednesday 28 November, 5:30pm

Dunningham Suite, 4th Floor, Dunedin City Public Library

230 Moray Pl, Dunedin, 9016


5:30pm – Meet at Blue Oyster to view the exhibition, Māori Girl, refreshments provided.

5:50pm – Hikoi to the Dunedin City Library

6:00pm – Panel Discussion begins

7:30pm – Finish



Te Tiriti o Waitangi Workshop

Tauiwi Solutions led by Suzanne Menzies-Culling

Saturday 8 December, 9am–4pm

Blue Oyster Art Project Space, 16 Dowling St, Dunedin

Lunch and refreshments provided.


Please join us for a one-day workshop on Te Tiriti o Waitangi, where Māori and Tauiwi will learn about the historical context within which Te Tiriti was signed, as well as the contradictions and confusions arising from the two different versions (English and Te Reo Māori). Facilitated by Suzanne Menzies-Culling of Tauiwi Solutions, the workshop uses a variety of media and learning tools to help people explore what their stake is if Te Tiriti is to be honoured, and aims to create a space for dialogue about historical background, relevance and the implications for us today.


There are limited places available for this workshop. To register, please email admin@blueoyster.org.nz or call 03 479 0197.


Please note, this workshop will occur within the exhibition, therefore Blue Oyster Art Project Space will be closed for the day to the public to ensure safety and comfort for the attendees.


Tauiwi Solutions, facilitated by Suzanne Menzies-Culling, Anna Parker and Marie Laufiso, was formed in 2006 as a facilitation and workshop service offered by cross-cultural Tauiwi facilitators based in Ōtepoti (Dunedin). For more information about Tauiwi Solutions please visit: http://www.tauiwisolutions.org.nz/

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Blue Oyster Art Project Space

22 Nov 2018

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