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Terracotta Warriors After Dark @ Te Papa

22 Mar 2019
Fri 22 March, 7-10pm
A late-night celebration of Terracotta Warriors. Explore the exhibitions with friends, enjoy free entertainment and take part in art experiences led by rising stars of Aotearoa's art & literary world.
Event type: 
Exhibition, Literature, Multidisciplinary
Te Papa
Level 4 55 Cable Street, Te Aro, Wellington 6011


Come to a night of creative adventures with rising art and literary stars – and inspired by the ancient treasures of Terracotta Warriors

After dark, Toi Art transforms into a celebration of Terracotta Warriors, with entertainment and fresh art experiences. Bring your friends, and rediscover Te Papa through the eyes of artists, writers, and makers.

$25 (includes entry to Terracotta Warriors: Guardians of Immortality and one drink) 


Discover Terracotta Warriors: Guardians of Immortality after hours.
Your ticket includes entry to Terracotta Warriors: Guardians of Immortality all night long. The other exhibitions in Toi Art will be open too.

Richard Stratton leads a ceramicist’s tour
Walk through the exhibition with ceramic artist Richard Stratton to hear more about how these pottery treasures might have been made 2000 years ago.

Between Worlds: Writers Chris Tse and Rose Lu
Hear Chris Tse and Rose Lu read selected writings, taking us on a journey that traverses life, death and the afterlife. 

Return to Skyland: After Dark edition
Artist Kerry Ann Lee’s ‘dreamscape transit lounge’, Return to Skyland, transforms for one night only. Revisit the decade the terracotta warriors were discovered with a music selection compiled by Bernard Gruschow of You Should Be Dancing and Kerry Ann Lee. 

Make your own miniatures – and be in to win!
Try your hand at making your own miniatures, inspired by the shrinking figures in Terracotta Warriors: Guardians of Immortality. The makers of the most spectacular creations – as selected by a special guest judge – will win a selection of Te Papa Store treats.

Follow: Immersive Movement Tours
In Follow, dancers lead you through the art galleries on a unique tour that uses movement to explore art in new ways. Follow was commissioned for Te Papa’s collection, as our first intangible dance acquisition. It was developed and choreographed by Olive Bieringa of BodyCartography Project.

Dumplings and drinks available all night in Espresso cafe, Level 4.

Photo credit: After Dark: Tony Fomison Youth Art Night, 2018. Photo by Jo Moore. Te Papa

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Te Papa

15 Mar 2019