Te Uru’s summer exhibition season is packed with something for everyone, beginning with a big celebration of ceramics, including a special edition of our annual Portage Ceramic Awards, as well as a brand new exhibition of Māori clay artists, and a memorial for local potter, Peter Selwyn.
“From busy industrial sites to remote studios, clay is a big part of west Auckland’s history,” says Te Uru Director, Andrew Clifford. “So, we’re excited to have a new approach for our signature summer event, the Portage Ceramic Awards, and also to widen the scope with additional projects.”
2020 marks the 20th anniversary of the Portage Ceramic Awards, which have become Aotearoa’s premier showcase for ceramic practices. The challenges that have arisen this year from the Covid-19 lockdown in Aotearoa have meant that a competition was not possible. But we still have plans for this to be a special year.
Fondly known as ‘The Portage’, this year’s Portage 20/20 survey exhibition will display winning works from all previous years, spanning large scale installation to fine porcelain sculpture. Each year, the Portage Licensing Trust has purchased the premier award winner for their collection, and this will be the first time all winning works have been publicly displayed together.
Established in 2001, the awards are a hallmark event for the Aotearoa ceramics community, showcasing some of the best contemporary work, and serving as a platform for dialogue about developments in the ceramics field.
This anniversary exhibition is accompanied by a fully illustrated special souvenir catalogue, available to purchase from our shop, and is supported by The Trusts.
NUku offers a ceramic journey from an indigenous perspective and brings together both emergent and established artists as well as members of the Maori clay artist collective, Ngā Kaihanga Uku.
Combining the concept of nuku, uku and inherently referencing Papatūānuku, NUku is an exhibition of ceramics that celebrates collaboration and culture from an indigenous perspective. Whakapapa enriched, each artist brings their unique contribution, sharing a united passion. Together we are more.
Featuring: Baye Riddell, Wi Taepa, Carla Ruka, Amorangi Hikuroa, Stevei Houkamau, Hana Rakena, Alix Ashworth, Maria Brockhill, Tracy Darren Keith, Todd Douglas, Yvonne Tana. Supported by Ngā Kaihanga Uku, the Karekare Residency Trust, and curated by Carla Ruka. Presented alongside Portage 20/20.
Te Uru is proud to present a window display of selected works by the late Peter Selwyn, a local potter who held strong creative links to Titirangi, especially through his membership with the Titirangi Potters Club. Selwyn was celebrated by many in the ceramics community for his innovative use of clay and his many large works – a small selection of these have been chosen for this special memorial display.