Johnson Witehira: Toituhi


Johnson Witehira standing next to his work on Courtenay Place

We're delighted to have Johnson Witehira working with City Gallery and local school groups to create a large, temporary wall work near the entrance to our Education Studio during te wiki o te reo Māori.

In this project, titled Toituhi ('art words/writing'), Johnson will create a design using whakataukī chosen by the students, who will come in to the gallery during te wiki o te reo to fill in the letterforms with patterns. Watch a timelapse video of the project.

Toituhi will be made during the 21- 27 July and the completed work will be on view 27 July - 3 August.

You can take part in the creation of the workon 23 July for Toi te Reo.

About Johnson

Johnson Witehira is an artist, designer and educator whose goal is to bring Māori visual culture back into the lives of Māori. His work currently appears on the Courtenay Place light boxes in the centre of Wellington. Featuring graphic representations of the capital city's ancestors including Kupe, Whatonga, and his sons Tautoki and Tara (after whom Wellington harbour, Te-Whanganui-a Tara, is named).

You can listen to an interview with Johnson and performer Dudley Benson (our guest at July's Tuatara Open Late) on radio NZ here