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Surf: Shaping Taranaki
13 December - 4 May 2014


With more surf breaks per kilometre than anywhere south of Hawaii,  the Taranaki coastline has always enticed surfers to its shores and many call it home as a result. This summer at Puke Ariki Surf: Shaping Taranaki will celebrate how surfing has helped shape our local community.


15 February - 18 May


Through a chronological series of works drawn from his family’s photographic record Jordan Barnes investigates representations of memory and community, inviting viewers to consider how each of our own personal histories is reflected in the fabric of Taranaki society.

Homage encourages people to look into their family stories and reflect on how the individual and particular has shaped our collective identity and sense of place.

Govett-Brewster Collection: Fiona Pardington – Three Works
Until 16 April 2014


Three photographs by artist Fiona Pardington (Ngāi Tahu, Kāti Mamoe, Kāti Waewae, Clan Cameron) investigate museum collections in Aotearoa New Zealand and overseas as imperfect, yet precious archives of cultural memory.

Depicting ancestral taonga and life casts, Pardington's softly nuanced images hint at a metaphysical or spiritual realm.

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The Imaginative Life And Times Of Graham Percy
26 April - 8 June 2014

Don't miss the charming anarchic illustrations of the well-respected but little-known Taranaki artist Graham Percy. 

Though Percy was based in London for most of his life until his death in 2008, the kiwi was a common character in his work.

The exhibtion includes a series of  anthropomorphised kiwis making their way around the world - in Venice in a gondola, dressed in Russian garb, and two Parisian kiwis examining a carved stone kiwi on a gothic building.

HOME WORK: Taranaki Art Now

7 June - 24 August 2014


Home Work: Taranaki Art Now will showcase our region's vibrant art scene and celebrate the talent of our local artists.