About Te Tuhi

Welcome to Te Tuhi

Michael Parekowhai, Atarangi II

Michael Parekowhai, Atarangi II

"A national leader in presenting international and New Zealand artists' work that engages with the world."

– Mark Amery, The Big Idea

“Te Tuhi is rapidly turning into the most important contemporary art institution in Auckland.”

– John Hurrell, Eye Contact 

Te Tuhi's name was gifted by local tangata whenua Ngā Tai and is in reference to their ancestor Manawatere a great explorer who signalled his arrival in Aotearoa New Zealand by making his tuhi, or mark, on a pohutukawa tree using karamea, a red ochre. Te Tuhi, strives to live up to this legacy of exploration by being one of New Zealand’s foremost contemporary art spaces known for its core function of commissioning ambitious new artworks by a diverse selection of artists. The organisation is also renowned for supporting curatorial research resulting in exhibitions that are locally engaged, regionally responsive and internationally ambitious with a strong awareness of social, political and environmental issues.

Te Tuhi’s annual programmes include four seasons of major group and solo exhibitions and a series of live events and offsite projects. These are supported by a range of education and public programs that actively engage school students, local artists and makers, community and cultural organisations and the general public with  the contemporary art world.

Te Tuhi’s history can be traced back to the early 1960s with the formation of the Pakuranga Arts Society. Founded by a group of forward-thinking creative women, the Arts Society held their first meetings in a garden shed before going on to open New Zealand’s first purpose-built arts centre in 1975. In the decades that followed, Te Tuhi created a legacy of supporting the careers of New Zealand’s most accomplished artists.

Te Tuhi has worked with many nationally and internationally established artists such as The Otolith Group, L. Budd, Phil Dadson, Julian Dashper, Tehching Hsieh, Dieneke Jansen, Maddie Leach, Alex Monteith, Kate Newby, Tom Nicholson, Michael Parekowhai, William Pope.L, James Richards, Ann Shelton, Santiago Sierra and Artur Zmijewski. In recognising emerging artistic talent, Te Tuhi has also been influential in the careers of artists such as Sonya Lacey, Louise Menzies, Sorawit Songsataya, Shannon Te Ao, Luke Willis Thompson and Kalisolaite 'Uhila amongst many others whose artworks commissioned by Te Tuhi have been nominated for national and international art awards or acquired for significant collections and exhibited in galleries and museums around the world. 

Te Tuhi 2015-16 Review

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