Ross Hemera
Ngāti Māmoe
Ngāi Tahu


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3 years 8 months
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Primarily known for his mixed media sculptures, Ross has undertaken several significant public commissions, including the ‘Whakamārama’ sculpture at the entrance to the Māori section of Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa and the ‘Tuhituhi Whenua’ mural at Te Hononga: Christchurch Civic Building. His work has been exhibited internationally, notably including at the Māori exhibition, British Museum, London, 1998. The expression of Ngāi Tahu cultural values and beliefs, including concepts of whakapapa, whenua, mana, taonga and whānau, is the primary focus of his creative practice, which references the ancient imagery of Waitaha, Ngāti Māmoe and Ngāi Tahu within the context of ‘Taonga tuku iho’, a process involving the transmission of knowledge within a spiritual framework. Upholding protocols while combining cultural knowledge with modern visual arts practice; exploring the function of ancient rock art imagery; portraying traditional narratives associated with the land, migration and origins and depicting oral traditions are the cornerstones of his practice, which he has made a vehicle for the expression and development of Ngāitahutanga. Ross Hemera’s work has enabled Ngāi Tahu to present its tribal identity to iwi and the world as an expression of its tikanga and mana whenua status through innovative interpretations of South Island Māori cultural and artistic traditions. Ross has recently retired from the position of Professor of Māori Art and Design, College of Creative Arts, Massey University, where he held the portfolio of Kaiwhakaahua Māori – Director For Māori Development. Ross was appointed member, Tertiary Education Commission’s Performance Based Research Fund, Peer Review Panel for Māori Knowledge and Development in 2006 and was reappointed in 2012. Ross is a current member of; Aho I Te Rangi, Ngāi Tahu Māori Weaving Trust; Ngā Aho; Network of Māori Design Professionals; Paemanu: Ngāi Tahu Contemporary Visual Arts. Ross is a past member of: National Executive, Ngā Puna Waihanga, New Zealand Māori Artists & Writers Society. Writer, Whakairo Unit Standards, NZQA Whakaruruhau Whakairo, National Standards Body Te Rūnunga O Ngāi Tahu’s Aho Advisory Group.
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Through visual art practice Ross Hemera creates a range of art forms in painting, sculpture, drawing, design and mixed media. They are creative expressions of contemporary Māori pattern, design and imagery.