Turumeke Harrington: SPECIAL TIME (Ehara i te tī) exhibition talk and shared meal

A conversation between our Blue Oyster Caselberg Trust Summer Resident for 2021 Turumeke Harrington (Ngāi Tahu, Ngāti Raukawa ki Tonga, Ngāti Toa Rangatira) and guests Kiri Jarden (Ngāi Tahu, Ngāti Raukawa ki Tonga, Ngāti Toa Rangatira), Metiria Stanton Turei (Rangitāne, Ngāti Kahungunu ki Wairarapa, Ātihaunui-ā-Pāpārangi) and Piupiu Maya Turei (Rangitāne, Ngāti Kahungunu ki Wairarapa, Ātihaunui-ā-Pāpārangi) about taonga, value, and embodied ancestry. Using the exhibition SPECIAL TIME (Ehara i te tī) as a starting point, this talk will thread together questions including: What will our future taonga be? How do we handle objects from the future? How could our museological systems function in the future? Please join us after the kōrero for a shared meal.

Please contact us to book for the meal and to pass on any dietary requirements.

Image credit: Turumeke Harrington

Kei Waho i te Kēti | Out the Gate

An exhibition of far out and experimental mahi toi by artists from Te Moana-nui-a-Kiwa celebrating the time of Puaka and Matariki, Kei Waho i te Kēti | Out the Gate begins with an evening of live music and light refreshments.

Adults and children of all ages are welcome – nau mai, haere mai!

Featuring: Moewai Marsh, Tawhai Huriwai (Tough Guy), Nikolai Talamahina (Brown Boy Magik), Thomas Te Whaiti Henry, Angus Tahere Haze, Aidan Taira Geraghty, Abigail Aroha Jensen, Jacob Tucker, Madison Kelly, Sophie Graham, RMJ, Caitlin Donnelly, Stacey Kokaua, Zoe Hikairo Morehu, Tokerau Teokotai Brown, Megan Brady, Pania Amo Amo, Joanne Takarua, Robbie Siwan, Terena Moses, Piupiu Maya Turei, Mya Morrison Middleton, and more…

Opening: FRIDAY 2 JULY, 4‒6PM

Exhibition: SATURDAY 3 ‒ FRIDAY 16 JULY, 11AM–3PM


A celebration of living Ngāi Tahutanga: free film screenings

During Māori New Year, Dunedin Public Libraries will have the honour of screening the Ngāi Tahu Mahinga Kai and Ngā Ringa Toi o Tahu series of short films, celebrating what it is to be Ngāi Tahu in an exploration of the creative artistry and traditional practices of the iwi.

Courtesy of Te Rūnanga o Ngāi Tahu.

Repeat screenings daily.

Image credit: Te Rūnaka o Ngāi Tahu | Still from Pātiki – Ngāi Tahu Mahinga Kai


Dunedin Public Libraries, Citywide – check the event listing for community library addresses.

Ōtepoti Open Studio Arts Tour

Blue Oyster is excited to be joining in the festivities of Puaka Matariki for the seventh year, presenting a special opportunity to visit the dedicated and hard-working community of visual practitioners across the city. In the season’s spirit of wānaka and whanaukataka, visitors are encouraged to ask the artists questions about their work directly in an informal and welcoming environment.

This event will take place across Ōtepoti, beginning at Blue Oyster, where visitors will be presented with a map of nearby and city-wide artist studios to visit throughout the day at their own pace.

Everyone is welcome to participate in this opportunity to learn, share and understand more about toi moroki, contemporary art.

Te Tio Kikorangi Blue Oyster Art Project Space, 16 Dowling Street, Dunedin

Saturday 21 and Sunday 22 July, 10am ‒ 4pm. FREE

Contact [email protected]        03 479 0197              blueoyster.org.nz