Ngā Hau Ngākau

Nga Hau Ngakau Exhibition Web Event - 21 December 2018 – 3 February 2019.

Luminous paintings, intricately carved taonga puoro and beautiful music are woven together to form the extraordinary exhibition Ngā Hau Ngākau (Breath of Mine).

A collaborative installation between Robin Slow, Brian Flintoff and Bob Bickerton, this exhibition uses painting, sculpture and sound to explore ideas of harmony, memory and storytelling. The stories are organised and recorded by Bob Bickerton with vocals and other taonga puoro (musical instruments) by Ariana Tikao, Holly Weir-Tikao and Solomon Rahui.

This collaborative art work is the result of decades of friendship and community service to the communities of Te Tau Ihu o te Waka ā Māūi (the top of the South Island) and beyond. Their enduring relationship and shared philosophies are central to the concept of the exhibition and encourages viewers to consider their individual and collective identities, and relationship with the environment.

Toured by the Suter Art Gallery Te Aratoi o Whakatū

Robin, Brian and Bob say of the installation –

“Our kaupapa has been to work together, using painting… carving… music… to bind narratives that celebrate the forms and histories of the whenua (land). These narratives can be expressed by a spiral, kowhaiwhai, a bird’s song, a carved form, a woven kete – any symbol that may help reflect the saying plait the rope that binds the past to the future.” 

 Nga Hau Ngakau Exhibition - Robin Slow, Kokako, Tui, Kokomako, 2017.

Robin Slow and Brian Flintoff, "Kokako, Tui, Kokomako, 2017", acrylic on canvas and bone

Nga Hau Ngakau Exhibition - at the Suter Art Gallery.

Ngā Hau Ngākau at The Suter Art Gallery Te Aratoi o Whakatū, 4 August – 21 October, 2018.  Photographer John Paul Pochin.


  • Friday, 21 December 2018 | 10:00 AM - Sunday, 03 February 2019 | 05:30 PM


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