Christine Hellyar Red Treasures from the Upper World

September 10 - October 15  2016

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Christine Hellyar is a major New Zealand artist who has contributed uniquely to installation practices. Alongside her ongoing fascination with museums, display and history, she has a longstanding interest in exploring aspects of Pacific cultures - particularly the objects collected by voyagers on Cook’s 18th century expeditions.


This culminated in her exhibition, with Maureen Lander, Mrs. Cook’s

Kete, at the Pitt Rivers Museum, Oxford.  More recently she has turned her attention to the European objects brought to the Pacific on these voyages.


Her major work, Change/Exchange, 8 years in the making, and recently acquired by Auckland Art Gallery, is an example.


This new poetic work at Tivoli, Red Treasures from the Upper World, looks at how these things - ribbons, scarves, feathers pom-poms – were carried in Cook’s ships and stored in Pacific houses.


The names on the works’ travel labels are those of voyage men who brought such European items for trading purposes.



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