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Sally Burton: Pale History

Thursday 9th November 2017-Sunday 11th March 2018

On 17 June 1843 twenty six people perished in the Wairau Valley. Violently clashing over land rights, this was the first major confrontation between Māori and colonials since the 1840 signing of Te Tiriti o Waitangi/The Treaty of Waitangi.

Nelson artist Sally Burton has approached The Wairau Incident as a three dimensional history painting. The monochromatic figures, constructed from found wood and draped in delaminated tapa cloth, are strong, cunning, raw, frail, passionate, evocative and ambitious. Burton freezes the figures in the moment that ignited conflict. Through this installation, and the inclusion of contextual artwork, Burton allows viewers to stop and reflect on the path that led to this violent confrontation and where it has taken us as a nation.

Image: Sally Burton, detail of Te Rauparaha, 2017, Mixed media

Family Friendly Free


November 9–30, 2017
December 1–24, 26–31, 2017
January 2–31
February 1–28
March 1–11


Gallery open daily 9:30 - 4:30 closed Christmas and New Years day


Nelson & suburbs


The Suter Art Gallery and Theatre
208 Bridge Street, Nelson

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Ph. 03 548 4699

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