Ross Hemera


Warming the Nohoaka Toi

In early September a group of Ngāi Tahu artists came together to occupy Toi Moroki Centre of Contemporary Art (CoCA) in Ōtautahi and create the first major group showing of contemporary Ngāi Tahu art in 14 years. By creating an exhibition based on the principles of a nohoaka, the Paemanu Ngāi Tahu Contemporary Visual Arts…

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Ngā Ringa Toi o Tahu

Ngā Ringa Toi o Tahu not only celebrates the work of Ngāi Tahu artists and looks at what a Ngāi Tahu art aesthetic is – it also gives recognition to people for the work they’re doing on the ground to encapsulate the sense of what it is to be Ngāi Tahu in a solid form for future generations to look back on.

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Ross Hemera

Ross has just retired from his position as Professor of Māori Art and Design, College of Creative Arts, Massey University and holds the portfolio of Kaiwhakaahua Māori – Director For Māori Development.

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Only natural

As he prepares to retire from his role as Professor of Māori Art and Design at Massey University’s College of Creative Arts, Ross Hemera tells kaituhi Moerangi Vercoe why ancestral rock drawings have made such a lasting impact on his art. It’s a well-grounded childhood that Ross Hemera, now 65, recalls fondly. Good times, with…

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Expecting to fly

The Paemanu rōpū brings together a diverse group of artists dedicated to the development of Ngāi Tahutanga through contemporary visual arts. Kaituhi Matt Philp reports. In 2006, a group of Ngāi Tahu contemporary artists exhibited in a group show at a cultural centre near Melbourne. For several of the 14 artists involved, it was the…

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Kā Honoka

Kāi Tahu art graduates feature at Dunedin School of Art exhibition. In a first for the Dunedin School of Art, it is showcasing 40 years of work from its Kāi Tahu graduates. The Kā Honoka exhibition features the work of artists like Rachael Rakena, who recently exhibited at the Venice Biennale, and Ross Hemera, Professor…

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Medal of distinction

You may be familiar with the mixed media sculptures of Ross Hemera that reference the ancient rock art found in Te Waipounamu. Or the large public works such as the Whakamarama sculpture at the entrance to the Māori section of the Museum of New Zealand/Te Papa Tongarewa or the enormous glass mural he created for the Christchurch City Council.

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