Join us for a picnic at the park and get amongst the exciting events happening across Pātaka Art + Museum and Te Rauparaha Park! Bring your blanket, lunch and be part of the celebrations. Take a tour, jump into a workshop or enjoy the soothing sounds of Porirua. There’s something for the whole family.

Registration for some events may be required. More information to come in January 2020.


Wayne Youle (New Zealand/Aotearoa)

20/20: Words of Wisdom

A 20 year survey of Titahi Bay old boy Wayne Youle (Ngā Puhi), one of our country’s leading contemporary Māori artists. His exhibition 20/20: Words of Wisdom, takes words of wisdom that Wayne has been told throughout his life and presents them as sculptures and paintings.

Delving into a range of provocations, from simple words of wisdom from mum, dad and children, through to serious issues like the imprisonment rates of Māori, our country’s suicide rates and our personal mental health and wellbeing.

Coinciding with the year 2020, it is the 21st anniversary of the inauguration of Pātaka where Wayne had his first ever show. Join Pātaka and Wayne in celebration and reflection, adding another layer to the Te Ata conversation. Tour times to be announced in January.

Kara Jackson (United States) + Jessica Hansell aka Coco Solid (New Zealand/Aotearoa)

Commitment of creativity

Telling Stories. Unearthing truths. Challenging perceptions. Illuminating the margins.

Artists and the work they produce have a deep impact on our culture, our way of thinking, and the overall well-being of our society.

2019 Arts Laureate Award recipient for Mixed Media, artist, mentor and activist Jessica Hansell aka Coco Solid, is driven by her desire to make visible diverse life experiences. Her work is multidimensional; working fluidly across music, writing, television and film, including 9 independently produced albums, and Aroha Bridge, the New Zealand cartoon series presented on Māori Television. In 2017 she partnered on the movement Equalise My Vocals, a campaign calling out sexism and racism in the music industry.

Kara Jackson explores the essence of invisibility, the authentic elements of language, and divine womanhood through music, writing, and occasionally visual art. Her work is concerned with a violent world that refuses to restore justice to the people it has hurt, and to that end, she delivers accountability where it is often stripped. Her poems are powerful in their address and impact, awarding her both the Chicago Youth Poet Laureate and the National Youth Poet Laureate. Kara works tirelessly to maintain focus on issues of privilege, racism, colourism, misogyny, while outside the poem someone says loudly “All lives matter”, another grand jury releases a police officer from accountability, a new rap song becomes co-opted and the cycle of racial and gendered violence goes unstopped.

Join Jessica and Kara on our collective journey for the voices of those not so loudly heard.

What are your stories and experiences? What kind of impact do you want to have? Get ideas from two incredibly powerful women who are doing what they can to mold the world we live in.

Bring yourself, your ideas, questions – bring your guitar and your writing if you want! Pull up a cushion and let’s get inspired together. Event time to be announced in January.

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Audio Visual Partner
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Family Free Te Ata Access Festival in the festival Interactive Music Visual Arts
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