past event

Matariki wānanga with Heidi Brickell

Friday 28 Jun 2024

Heidi Brickell, A koru is a trajectory, 2024, installation view. Courtesy of Cheska Brown.

Heidi Brickell, A koru is a trajectory, 2024, installation view. Courtesy of Cheska Brown.

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Join artist Heidi Brickell at Enjoy Contemporary Art Space for a special Matariki wānanga on Friday 28 June, from 1pm. 

As the exhibition A koru is a trajectory closes and Matariki commences, we will gather together to participate in a relaxed rākau twining workshop while hearing kōrero from Brickell about the interconnectivity of Matariki, Tāwhirimātea and ngā kare ā-roto. This emotional terminology reflecting the ocean or the waves inside is relevant not only to our current exhibition and artist’s mahi toi, but also to our lives right now.

This event is free to attend and all ages are welcome. All materials and light refreshments will be provided.

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Heidi Brickell (Te Hika o Papauma, Ngāti Apakura, Ngāti Kahungunu, Rangitāne, Ngāi Tara, Rongomaiwahine) has recently moved to Ōtaki from Tāmaki Makaurau. With a background in Kura Kaupapa Māori education and te reo Māori revitalisation, her art work explores the passages between experience and representation as different language trees and the knowledge they carry intermingle in the psyche. Her installation Wai Ata Āta Whāia was included this year in Te Puna o Waiwhetū | Christchurch Art Gallery’s ‘Spring Time is Heartbreak’, and her solo exhibition PAKANGA FOR THE LOSTGIRL travelled the motu in 2022 and 2023 from St Paul’s Street Gallery, Tāmaki Makaurau, to The Physics Room, Ōtautahi, to The Engine Room, Te Whānganui a-Tara.

Brickell completed her MFA at Elam School of Fine arts in 2011 and was 2021 recipient of the Akel Award Molly Morpeth Canaday painting award. She completed the Rita Angus Residency in March 2023 and a residency at Karekare House in 2021. Her work is held in private collections, at Christchurch Art Gallery and The Dowse.


This event is generously supported by Gordon Harris.