July 26, 2018


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In partnership with Creative New Zealand, Bishop Museum Library & Archives invites applications for a residency giving Māori artists or practitioners increased access to millions of cultural resources cared for in Hawai‘i.

Applications open for Wānanga|Wānana Research Residency

Honolulu, Hawaiʻi—In partnership with Creative New Zealand, Bishop Museum Library & Archives invites applications for a residency giving Māori artists or practitioners increased access to millions of cultural resources cared for in Hawai‘i.

The Wānanga|Wānana Research Residency is a pilot initiative. Two Māori artists or practitioners will be selected by Bishop Museum Library & Archives and supported by Creative New Zealand to travel to Hawaiʻi to explore archival material that shows a continuous relationship between Hawaiʻi and Aotearoa. The residency will take place from Sept. 2–18, 2019.

The residency presents a rare opportunity to explore substantial archives that form the life work of Taranaki-born elite Māori scholar Te Rangihiroa (Ngati Mutunga)—also known as Sir Peter Buck (ca. 1887–1951). Among his many accomplishments, Te Rangihiroa served as the third director of the Bernice Pauahi Bishop Museum from 1936 until his death in 1951, and was awarded an honorary doctorate from the University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa in 1948.
The selected recipients will participate as teina (mentees). The tuākana (mentors) are Honolulu-based independent curator Ngahiraka Mason (Ngāi Tūhoe, Te Arawa and Ngāti Pango tangata whenua), and Bishop Museum library & archives director Leah Caldeira.
“This is an unprecedented opportunity to bring together Māori and Kanaka Maoli to explore, in collaboration, a historical period that is not well-known in Aotearoa,” said Creative New Zealand Senior Manager of Arts Development Services Cath Cardiff. “We hope the residency will help forge meaningful connections between indigenous artists and practitioners from both countries.”

“We honor Sir Peter Buck as a kupuna of Bishop Museum. His work and leadership have left a lasting impact across the Pacific and on all who work at the museum,” said Leah Caldeira, Bishop Museum’s director of Library & Archives. “We owe much to Te Rangihiroa and are proud to continue to cultivate and strengthen our relationship with our Māori cousins through this program.”

Ngahiraka, former Indigenous Curator, Māori Art at Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tāmaki, initiated the project and has consulted with the descendants of Te Rangihiroa, as well as Bishop Museum and Creative New Zealand to develop the residency program.
“As the initiator and co-tuakana of the project, I am very grateful for the partnership between Creative New Zealand and Bishop Museum and excited for the two artist or practitioner recipients of the residency,” said Ngahiraka.

The residency is part of Creative New Zealand’s Cultural & Art Form Exchange Programme, which works with Mana Whenua and other first nation communities to increase the visibility and understanding of how first nation histories influence contemporary artistic expression. The program supports residencies in which diverse and dynamic interactions help to develop innovative arts practices, identify new markets and further international cultural links.

Applications close July 19, 2019, and the residency will run from Sept. 2–18, 2019 (excluding travel time). For more information and to apply for the residency, visit this link.


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