Areta Wilkinson
Wednesday, November 26, 1969
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[{ "date": "2013", "event": "Paemanu Trustee" }, { "date": "2012", "event": "‘Pepeha’, Bartley and Co Art, Wellington" }, { "date": "2011", "event": "Geography, Art Jewelry Forum, Seattle and\nSOFA Chicago, USA" }, { "date": "2010", "event": "‘Pocket Guide to NZ Jewellery’, the Society of\nArts and Crafts, Boston and Velvet da Vinci,\nSan Fransico, USA" }, { "date": "2009", "event": "Postgrad Dip in Maori Visual Arts, Massey\nUniversity, Palmerston North" }, { "date": "2008", "event": "‘Waka Huia’. 5 venues including Sarjeant\nGallery, Whanganui and HBMG, Napier;\nThe Compendium Finale of Contemporary\nJewellers 2008. Darling Publications: Koln." }, { "date": "2007", "event": "‘Wahine Kino’, City Gallery, Wellington, ‘Turbulance the 3rd Auckland Triennial’,\nAuckland" }, { "date": "2006", "event": "‘Mo Tatou Ngai Tahu Whanui Exhibition’,\nTe Papa Tongarewa, Wellington" }, { "date": "2005", "event": "‘Takapau will Travel’, Auckland Museum" }, { "date": "2004", "event": "NZ Maori delegation for 9th Festival of Pacific\nArts, Republic of Palau." }, { "date": "2003", "event": "‘Te Puawai o Ngai Tahu’, Christchurch Art\nGallery, Christchurch\nArtist in Residence at The Banff Centre, Banff,\nCanada" }, { "date": "2001", "event": "Bach Design, Unitec NZ, Auckland, ‘NZ\nGrammar: Subjects & Objects’, Dowse Art\nMuseum, Wellington" }, { "date": "2000", "event": "‘Wai: Recollected Works’, SoFA Gallery,\nChristchurch;\n‘Aukaha Kia Kaha’, Dunedin Public Art\nGallery, Dunedin" }, { "date": "1998", "event": "‘Turangawaewae’, Dowse Art Museum,\nWellington;\n‘Jewellery Moves’, National Museums of\nScotland, Edinburgh, Scotland" }, { "date": "1995", "event": "Tenured design lecturer Unitec NZ to 2008" }, { "date": "1993", "event": "Partner Workshop 6 to 2006" }, { "date": "1992", "event": "Began professional practice" }, { "date": "1991", "event": "Dip Design, UNITEC, Auckland" }, { "date": "1969", "event": "Born Kaitaia, New Zealand" }]
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35A Main St, Oxford 7430, Canterbury
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The artwork of Areta Wilkinson sits between traditional Māori adornment still produced in the present and the histories and practices of New Zealand contemporary jewellery. Her practice has further developed into explorations of craft methodology forming out of collective Māori cultural values. Much of her current work involves collaborative processes from responding to narratives told and written, to working alongside and with other creative professionals. The result is an expanded practice full of surprises and unexpected developments. He iti ra, he iti mapihi pounamu I may be small, but I am ornament of greenstone. Māori proverb. Small but strong, many skills called upon to create personal three dimensional objects are transferable to other environments and scale. Wearable taonga Māori are more than just ornaments to adorn the body. They are connections to the land, to the gods, to history and legend. They facilitate relationships, identities, politics and ethics. They are the first adornments to be produced in Aotearoa, and to take them seriously – to put on the obligations that they carry within them – is to connect to a larger discussion about culture, history and politics in this country. Areta’s practice extends over twenty years; her work is seen in national public galleries and collections such as the ‘3rd Auckland Triennial’, City Gallery Wellington, Auckland Museum, Dowse Art Museum and Te Papa Tongarewa. Wilkinson has been a design lecturer in jewellery 1995–2008, currently lives in Oxford near foothills of the Southern Alps and has recently been awarded a PhD in Fine Arts through Massey University Te Putahi-a-Toi School of Māori Studies.
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Exploring Areta Wilkinson’s work, whether it is a survey, a series or a single object, is always a journey through her life history, Ngāi Tahu ancestral stories, and the more profound aspects of human existence. Jewellery is the embodiment of personal and collective stories. – Dr Deidre Brown