2015 mem­o­rable year for Pataka

Kapi-Mana News - - FRONT PAGE - DANIEL WHIT­FIELD

Pataka has had one of its best and busiest years since it opened in 1998.

Vis­i­tor num­bers in 2015 have topped 200,000, more than 140,000 of them in the past six months.

The gallery has be­come the cul­tural heart of Porirua and has de­vel­oped a rep­u­ta­tion for show­cas­ing the best in con­tem­po­rary Maori and Pa­cific art, as well as pro­vid­ing top-class ex­hi­bi­tions in con­tem­po­rary New Zealand, Asian and in­ter­na­tional arts and cul­ture.

We Built This City and Made in Porirua were the land­mark ex­hi­bi­tions in 2015.

Look­ing back at Porirua’s last 50 years, the We Built This City ex­hi­bi­tion ex­plored the growth of the city since 1965.

The ex­hi­bi­tion took visi­tors on a tour through Porirua, with gal­leries re­flect­ing the built-up en­vi­ron­ment of the city cen­tre. Pho­tos, films and pro­jec­tions, maps and plans, ob­jects and in­ter­ac­tive el­e­ments all helped to en­gage visi­tors.

Porirua has been the birth­place of all sorts of things, from chocolate to cars and undies, and Made in Porirua cel­e­brates that fact.

The ex­hi­bi­tion, which opened on Porirua’s 50th an­niver­sary week­end in Oc­to­ber, looks at the past and present stars of Porirua, how they make what they make and why they make it in Porirua.

With the likes of Todd Mo­tors, Whittaker’s, Ko­dak and Kapi- Mana News fea­tur­ing, it was an eye-open­ing ex­hi­bi­tion full of history.

Pho­tos, films and pro­jec­tions, maps and plans, ob­jects and in­ter­ac­tive el­e­ments all helped to en­gage visi­tors.

An­other ex­tremely pop­u­lar ex­hi­bi­tion was Porirua An­zacs at Gal­lipoli.

It hon­oured the mem­o­ries of the men and women from the Porirua area who served on the Gal­lipoli Penin­sula in Tur­key be­tween April and De­cem­ber 1915.

Some of the sto­ries of the sol­diers were emo­tional and highly per­sonal.

Much of the re­search was pro­vided by his­to­rian Al­lan Dod­son and Porirua RSA.

Other high­lights of Pataka’s cal­en­dar were Taku Ipukarea’s My Par­adise, Purely Pas­tel, Paul McLach­lan’s Home Ground, Imag­ine Asia: New Zealand artists re­spond to con­tem­po­rary Asia, Pataka Friends Art Awards, John­son Wite­hira’s Tangi­wha, An­drea Gard­ner’s Re­fig­ur­ing the Picturesque, and the Mar­vel­lous Mo­saic Na­tional Art Ex­hi­bi­tion.

PHOTO: ALEX EFIMOFF

The Peace in 10,000 Hands ex­hi­bi­tion at Pataka was a high­light in 2015.

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