Here’s just some of the hottest events, performances and attractions coming to Downtown Tauranga.
Thursday 27th March to Sunday 8th June - Tauranga Art Gallery - A Lasting Legacy: Horatio Gordon Robley with works by Bob Kerr & Elizabeth Kyle
Major General Horatio Gordon Robley (1840 – 1930) was a British soldier and artist. He travelled to New Zealand in 1864, and immediately showed an interest in learning Maori vocabulary and customs. In 1865 he brought his regiment to Tauranga to join forces attacking Gate Pa, and made detailed sketches of Maori defences, wounded, surrenders and other scenes. Known as ‘the soldier with the pencil’, these 15 watercolours belong to the Tauranga Heritage Collection.
Wellington-based painter Bob Kerr was commissioned by the Gallery to create a work to commemorate 150 years since the Battle of Gate Pa in April, 1864. His work shows how the geography of the area looks today.
"It is easy to drive into Tauranga along Cameron Road today and not realise that you are driving right through history," he says.
To add to this fascinating selection, Portrait of Heni Pore, by Elizabeth Kyle (nee Grainger), is a work from the Tauranga City Council Civic Collection. The subject, Heni Pore, was a wahine toa (woman warrior) and was active at the Battle of Pukehinahina (Gate Pa).
Saturday 12th April to Sunday 8th June - Tauranga Art Gallery - Bob Kerr: Number One Field Punishment
This powerful, narrative exhibition details one of the dark stories of New Zealand’s involvement in the First World War, specifically the treatment Archibald Baxter (father of poet James K Baxter) experienced as a conscientious objector. Each painting is paired with a quotation from his autobiography, We Will Not Cease. Kerr recreates key events, places and participants and examines the cruelty and kindness of individuals during these harrowing experiences. Bob Kerr is a Wellington based painter, writer and illustrator with a special interest in New Zealand history and landscape.
Saturday 15th March to Sunday 8th June - Tauranga Art Gallery - Dave Roy: Lest We Forget
With these 12 works – five bronze and stainless steel sculptures and seven mixed media - Dave Roy offers a tribute to the ANZACs of the First World War. It is also a personal tribute to his two great uncles who served at Gallipoli and Passchendale, as well as to the women who had to carry on and cope either without their husbands, sons, brothers and fathers – or with men much changed who did return.
The Whakamarama artist is self-taught, and often uses recycled materials to assist in telling the story.
Saturday 5th April to Sunday 3rd August - Tauranga Art Gallery - Terry Stringer: Landscape of the Head
A leading New Zealand sculptor, Terry Stringer, ONZM, enjoys creating spatial illusions and concealed meanings in his work. His preferred medium is bronze and works in this exhibition are inspired by the New Zealand landscapes and artists including Rita Angus and Katherine Mansfield.
He has exhibited extensively, with solo exhibitions in Auckland, Sydney, London and Los Angeles
Saturday 8th March 2014 to Sunday 15th June 2014 - Tauranga Art Gallery - Whopper
A brand new work by Christchurch artist Miranda Parkes, designed especially for the Gallery’s unique Atrium space. Whopper will be made up of a myriad of stripes on a 14 metre scrunched canvas in her unique style. Parkes’ styles is very contemporary and highly colourful.