Matariki Art Market @ Auckland Museum

Written by on June 20, 2015

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The 4th annual Matariki Art Market
Sunday 19th July, 10am – 5pm
Auckland Museum Atrium & Galleries
FREE with Museum Entry

Nau mai e te hunga nui! Come to the Museum to celebrate the skill and innovation of local Māori artists, musicians and performers. Purchase unique works from some of Tāmaki Makaurau’s leading creative artists and enjoy performances, art and dynamic Māori culture in the atmospheric surroundings of Tāmaki Paenga Hira.

Atrium Stage Performances:

  • Marcus Winter (aka The Sandman) blurs the lines between conventional painting, street art and theatrical performance. Be amazed as he creates live artworks by placing sand on a lightbox, and manipulating it to create images that morph into compelling stories!
  • Composer, practitioner and cross genre collaborator, Horomona Horo has fused the traditional instruments of the Māori, taonga puoro (singing treasures), within a diverse range of cultural and musical forms.


  • Jason Nathan | WEBSITE
    A self-taught carver, Nathan has also created Pounamu for entertainers Beyonce, Will I Am, India Arie, Stan Walker and Joe Dukie (Fat Freddy’s Drop). Jason carves various collections consisting of many statement pieces that empower the wearer or owner.
  • Todd Douglas (Ceramic Artist) |
    Douglas’ signature work, his contemporary Māori sculpture, often combines carved burnished clay with contrasting technical glazes, black lashing and wood. Recently, he has been developing multi-media work using materials such as ceramic, LED lighting and timber to create work that combine the disciplines of art and function.
  • James Webster |
    A freelance multi-disciplined artist for the past 20 years, Webster specialises in sculpture and works in the fields of carving, painting and other mixed-media creations. For the past seven years, he has been involved in the revival, making and performing of karetao (Māori puppetry).
  • Karuna Douglas (Ceramic Glaze Artist)
    A self-confessed glaze junkie, Douglas freely admits that for her work it’s all about the surface. “I love the infinite possibilities within the surfaces of ceramics—that layer just below and just above the clay.” In 2012, Douglas began translating her love and knowledge of glazes and surfaces into artwork, using 3-dimensional architectural tiles to explore the macro of landscapes to the minutiae of surface.
  • Niki White |
    Specialises in hand-forged jewellery made with silver, gold, brass and white bronze. Her practice ranges from jewellery to installation, sculpture and collaborations.
  • Hera Johns (Clay Artist) | website
    Working with Uku (clay) connects me with Papatūānuku, I draw inspiration through her, reflecting the simplicity I see in nature. I would like people to feel a sense of calm when viewing or wearing my pieces.”
  • Charlotte Graham |
    Graham is a well-known Māori artist making work that often responds to political issues and incorporate healing. She is an artist, educator, researcher and mother of four children.
  • Raewyn Graham
    Graham’s contemporary works depicts symbolic motifs of issues that have confronted Māori in the period of colonisation, to bring about empowerment to stand tall in the present.
  • Rona Ngahuia Osborne | website
    Osborne works in a number of mediums including paint, photography and audio-visual installation but she is probably best known for her textile work under the moniker Native Agent.
  • Andrew Hughes
    Andrew Hughes, of Ngāi Tahu descent has been carving for many years and recently moved from bone carving to pounamu. Hughes regularly travels to Te Wai Pounamu to obtain greenstone and to develop his carving skills under the instruction of master carver Ric Moor of Rapahoe, on the West Coast of the South Island.

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