“Gold & Greenstone” Art Exhibition Jun 6 – Jul 19
Saturday 6th June 2015 3pm – 5pm (opening ceremony)
Exhibition runs from 6th June – 19th July 2015
“Greenstone on Golden Shores” Art Exhibition community opening event
Free Event, RSVP here
Arts Centre Gold Coast, 135 Bundall Road Surfers Paradise
Exploring the stories and creative practices of New Zealand Māori living on the Gold Coast, Gold and Greenstone looks at points of engagement and overlap, of cultures colliding and intertwining, where ‘greenstones’ wash up on golden shores.
Using the metaphor of the greenstone, a symbol of cultural prestige and economic power, this exhibition considers the art practices of six New Zealand Māori artists living on and with family connections on the Gold Coast. As a loose collective, these artists represent the first mass trans-pacific migration of Māori communities to international shores since the very first fleets of ancient navigators began to traverse the Pacific Ocean from Eastern Polynesia to Aotearoa, New Zealand, over eight hundred years ago.
Significant amongst the issues explored in this exhibition is the challenge of retaining language, traditions and cultural practices away from home, as well as the difficulties of establishing an amicable and meaningful engagement with the Indigenous peoples of Australia.
The exhibition will run for 6 weeks but the opening ceremony is held on the 6th June of 2015.
**Image above are installation works by artist George Nuku**