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Ngā Hau Ngākau (Breath of Mine)

Saturday 4th August-Sunday 21st October 2018

Luminous paintings, intricately carved taonga pūoro and beautiful music are woven together to form the extraordinary exhibition Ngā Hau Ngākau (Breath of Mine). A collaborative installation between Robin Slow, Brian Flintoff and Bob Bickerton, this exhibition uses painting, sculpture and sound to explore the ideas of harmony, memory and storytelling.

In Māori mythology manu (birds) are messengers that connect the physical and the spiritual realms. They fill the gallery not only through Robin Slow’s gleaming paintings but in Bob Bickerton’s sound scape and Brian Flintoff’s carvings and taonga pūoro (musical instruments). The space is designed to resemble a wharenui (meeting house) and is unified through songs and reflective silences of these manu. An immersive environment, Ngā Hau Ngākau reflects the multisensory ways in which memory is imbedded through generations.

Family Friendly Featured Free


August 4–31, 2018
September 1–30, 2018
October 1–21, 2018


Daily 9:30am - 4:30pm


Nelson & suburbs


The Suter Art Gallery and Theatre
208 Bridge Street, Nelson

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