Past Event

SPECIAL TIME (Ehara i te tī) Exhibition talk and shared meal

Hātarei 10 Hūrae

Saturday 10 July


Blue Oyster Art Project Space

Red perspex cut out hanging on red cord

Turumeke Harrington, SPECIAL TIME (Ehara i te tī), Installation Detail, 2021. Photo: Bunty Bou.

A conversation between Turumeke Harrington and guests Kiri Jarden, Metiria Stanton Turei and Piupiu Maya Turei about taonga, value, and embodied ancestry.

Using the exhibition SPECIAL TIME (Ehara i te tī) as a starting point, this talk will thread together questions including: What will our future taonga be? How do we handle objects from the future? How could our museological systems function in the future?

Please join us after the kōrero for a shared meal. Contact us to reserve a spot for the meal and to pass on any dietary requirements.

The public programme is generously supported by Puaka Matariki Festival.
Turumeke Harrington was the Blue Oyster Art Project Space Caselberg Trust Summer Resident for 2021. Thank you to the Caselberg Trust for their support of this project.

Metiria Stanton Turei

(Āti Haunui a Pāpārangi, Ngāti Kahungunu ki Wairarapa, Rangitane)
Metiria Stanton Turei lives in Dunedin and works for the University of Otago in the Faculty of Law.

Piupiu Maya Turei

(Ngāti Kahungunu-ki-Wairarapa, Ātihaunui-a-Pāpārangi) is an artist, curator, musician and mother. She is currently the Curatorial Intern at the Dunedin Public Art Gallery. Check out E-Kare, the 2 person art collective she is a part of ~ Instagram: @e_kare777 /

Kiri Jarden

(Ngāi Tahu – Ngāi Tūāhuriri) is an intermittent practitioner working with words, clay and paint between work, whānau and community. Having studied landscape architecture, ceramics and political science, advocacy and development of arts (particularly in the public realm) are a natural fit, with skills honed through a Winston Churchill Memorial Trust Fellowship in 2010 and more latterly as the Principal Arts Advisor at Christchurch City Council.

Turumeke Harrington

Turumeke Harrington is a Ngāi Tahu artist living in Wellington. She grew up in Christchurch and Rotorua, studied industrial design at Victoria, Fine Arts at Canterbury and shoemaking at RMIT in Melbourne and is currently working towards a masters in fine arts at Massey. Working across sculpture and installation, Turumeke's work is characterised by bold colours and references to domestic forms and materials. Sitting somewhere between art and design she is currently interested in exploring how objects, material and colour can express, challenge and pursue mātauranga Māori through their composition.

Inspired to make work that is generous to its audience while occasionally tripping them up, a lot of consideration is given to making art accessible both physically and conceptually. Much of Turumeke's mahi is driven by a desire to engage her young daughter in making, understanding and challenging contemporary art practice. Turumeke has recently shown work at Adam Art Gallery Te Pātaka Toi, Enjoy Contemporary Art Space, Toi Pōneke, RM Gallery and Objectspace.

Instagram @turumeke /