Painting Ngatu with Tui Emma Guiles and Sulieti Fieme'a Burrows by In*ter*is*land Collective

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In*ter*is*land Collective spent time with Tui Emma Gillies and Sulieti Fieme’a Burrows while they were in London for Oceania at the Royal Academy of Arts, en route to Madrid where they would further their research within the Tongan collection at the Museo de America.   

Based in Aotearoa, New Zealand Tui and Sulieti are the 2018 recipients of the Pacific Heritage Art Award from Creative New Zealand for a project to decorate two large NGATU (barkcloth) with women in Sulieti’s home village in Vava’u.  

Tui and Fieme’a arrived with gifts of NGATU (Tongan barkcloth) from Nuku’alofa and clay from Nuku Island, handmade KUPESI (print block), a bag full of paint brushes, Indian ink and arrowroots paste.  After the preparation of materials and work surfaces, we started the day with viewing Tui’s first handmade film of the project in Vava’u ‘Falavai Flava’, followed by much laughter and sharing during an inspirational and productive workshop.

Words: Jo Walsh

Images: Hannebe Gutchen & Jo Walsh

Creative New Zealand East End Tea Party by In*ter*is*land Collective

Working closely with Creative New Zealand’s International Team, In*ter*is*land Collective hosted *East End High Tea* for the artists, curators and government representatives connected to the curation of the exhibition Oceania at the Royal Academy of Arts in London.

The afternoon tea, of was held at Raven Row on Sunday 23 September 2018 with many people in attendance, of particular importance the artists, who had come from Aotearoa including members of Mata Aho Collective - Bridget Reweti, Sarah Hudson, Terri Titau Fiona Pardington and Mark Adams, along with curator Peter Brunt and assistant Hanahiva Rose, Chair of Creative New Zealand Michael Moynahan and two kiwi’s from the Royal Academy team Hannah Murray (Assistant Exhibitions Manager) and Amy Macpherson (Deputy Head of Digital Content and Channels).

An informal and social event, despite the rain falling relentlessly from Ranginui onto Papatuanuku.  The menu was delicious and featured a range of stuffed local bagels, fresh scones with cream and jam and straight from the oven sausage rolls.  

Invitations were sent out in both English and Māori.  A big shout out to Jude Chambers for her support and trust in us creating this event together.

Word & Images: Jo Walsh

Translation: Ataraiti Waretini