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Stone-working, then and now

Tuesday 29th October 2019

Two highly regarded stone carvers and artists, Matua Frank Wells (Ngāti Kuia, Ngāti Apa ki te Rā Tō) and his nephew Lewis Smith (Ngāti Hinekauwhata, Ngāti Kuia, Ngāti Apa ki te rā tō, Ngāi Tahu), discuss the practices of both early and contemporary stone-working, with an emphasis on their personal interaction with the art form today.

Matua Frank’s work, “Hook, line and sinker” can be seen at the entrance to the Kura Pounamu exhibition, where it acts as a host – greeting both the touring works as well as Museum visitors – and a representative of local pakohe stone. Lewis’ inspiration comes from his tipuna and the history of his whenua, and is based on an art style particular to tangata whenua of Te Tauihu and Te Waipounamu.

In this talk, Lewis’ knowledge of traditional tool and adornment-making through the “Moa-hunter” period is complemented by Matua Frank’s extensive experience as an artist working in a rapidly growing modern industry. Suited to the historian, the artist and the just-plain-curious, this session is sure to enrich and enlighten.

Booking not necessary. Koha/donation appreciated.



October 29




Nelson Provincial Museum
270 Trafalgar Street

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Ph. 03 548 9588

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