Visual Arts / City Gallery Wellington

City Gallery WellingtonCity Gallery Wellington

Civic Square, Wellington
Free entry. Entry charges may apply for some shows.

The City Gallery Wellington is located in Civic Square, in the heart of Wellington City.

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Deane Gallery, City Gallery Wellington, 29 Jan - 10 April 2011

Mana Takat?pui: Taera T?ne explores Pacific perspectives on gay culture and male sexuality in contemporary Aotearoa/New Zealand.

Takat?pui is a customary M?ori word describing a loving and intimate relationship between two people of the same sex. In recent times, the term has been adopted for gay, lesbian and transgender culture in the Pacific.  Taera Tane refers to male ?sexual desire' or ?style'.

Mana Takat?pui: Taera T?ne presents the voices of five artists of Samoan and M?ori descent: Fear Brampton, Tanu Gago, Richard Kereopa, Dan Taulapapa McMullin, and Hoteera Riri.   Unlocking stereotypes and exploring double standards, each artist looks at the interplay between culture and sexuality.

Artists? Talk: Mana Takat?pui
Saturday 29 January 2011, 1pm

Listen to Tanu Gao, Fear Brampton, Richard Kereopa and Hoteera Riri in conversation with Reuben Friend in the new Deane Gallery exhibition Mana Takat?pui: Taera T?ne.

GAYMES GAYMES GAYMES (2009) by Richard Kereopa
Digital print on stock card, 200 x 150 mm
Collection of the artist 


HooP 2010: Kate Walker

SQUARE2, City Gallery Wellington, 7 March - 3 April 2011

SQUARE2, at the entrance to the City Gallery Wellington, is a site dedicated to moving image artworks.

HooP 2010 is a work by video artist Kate Walker in collaboration with the Nelson LGBT community.  It documents an event staged by the artist where community members participated in a mass hula hooping event.

Swaying hips, circular rhythms and shuffling feet resound in the film.  Moments of pathos, seriousness and vulnerability are punctured by the humour of the event.  Both the euphoria of collective action, and more personal enjoyment, is focused on.  This work is about the body's physicality, communal activity, and visual spectacle.

Gym Group
HooP (work in progress) 2010 by Kate Walker
Photos by Caroline Earley
Courtesy of the artist

Kate Walker's (MFA, University of Arizona, Tucson, Arizona) practice encompasses painting, drawing and video work, within which narrative devices are used to explore contemporary social issues.  Walker's work has been shown in New Zealand, the United States, Spain, Italy, Ireland, and in the Netherlands. Her work can be seen at  The artist has recently moved to Idaho, to take up a position at Boise State University.


Maori Whaka Glamma?OUT IN THE GALLERY?
City Gallery Wellington?s Outgames Celebration

City Gallery Wellington, Civic Square
6.00pm?9.30pm, Friday 18 March
Entry by Donation (koha) : $4 to $6

Cash bar provided by Nikau café.

Kick off your Friday night festivities in style, with pre-drinks and performances to suit all tastes, in the swank and sophisticated surrounds of Wellington?s premier art gallery, City Gallery Wellington.

Hosted by DJ Bullitt of Drag Kings fame, and featuring adagio dances choreographed by Outgames athlete and award winning artist Moana Nepia, Out in the Gallery promises to be a memorable evening of music, dance, class and culture.

Sweet sounds and gay anthems will echo throughout City Gallery Wellington?s exhibition spaces which will all be open for you to enjoy. Currently on display in the Deane Gallery, located on the first floor of City Gallery Wellington, is Mana Takat?pui: Taera T?ne (Deane Gallery), an exhibition celebrating and exploring the politics of gay culture and male gender identity in the Pacific.

Artists featured in this exhibition, Richard Kereopa and Dan Taulapapa-McMullin, will also be performing throughout the night. Their spoken word performances are both confrontational and celebratory, providing a voice for the needs and aspirations of gay and takat?pui communities alike.

Out in the Gallery will climax with high spirited performances by former Drag Kings P-Lump, Georgie Boy and Emma-Nem. So come in, warm up and unwind with us before the big gay night out in Wellington, and experience the Gallery in a way you?ve never seen it before!

Image Credit: Image detail from MAORI WHAKA GLAMMA (2010), photographic print by Richard Kereopa.

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