Following the success of the Mahinga Kai web series, Te Rūnanga o Ngāi Tahu has launched Ngā Ringa Toi o Tahu, an eight-episode series exploring the practice and success of a number of talented Ngāi Tahu artists.
The Priscilla Cowie episode of Ngā Ringa Toi o Tahu won the Best Pilot award at last year’s NZ Web Fest, where Ngāi Tahu’s Mahinga Kai was also a winner, taking out the Best Web Show gong.
Ngā Ringa Toi o Tahu is funded by Te Māngai Pāho, and was launched at an event held at The Central gallery in Christchurch on Wednesday (28 June).
Episodes will go live on Ngāi Tahu’s website and YouTube channel. The episode releasing 1 July features Dunedin artist Simon Kaan, who describes his work as biological landscapes: animated vistas that piece together a sense of belonging and explore a multi-dimensional sense of self.
Kaan’s heritage (Ngāi Tahu mother and Chinese father) plus his love of surfing and the local landscape influence his artistic practice.
Other artists featuring in the series are master carver Fayne Robinson, jeweller Areta Wilkinson, sculptor Ross Hemera, multi-media artist Lonnie Hutchinson, photographer Fiona Pardington, video installation artist Nathan Pohio and weavers Reihana Parata and Morehu Flutey-Henare.
Former Māori TV presenter and now Te Rūnanga o Ngāi Tahu COO Julian Wilcox is EP for the series, which is directed by Simon Leslie.
Wilcox said, “The web is the perfect vehicle for sharing stories not only with a mass audience but most importantly with Ngāi Tahu whānui, wherever they live around the globe.”