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Student Exhibition

Matariki Food Drive 

2 - 13 July 2022

Sharing Food + Art

As the marking of the Lunar New Year, Matariki is a time to consider the renewal and change that is a constant in life; to celebrate the year past and make plans for the year to come.

Traditionally, Matariki is closely tied to planting, harvesting and hunting. Those core concerns around providing for ourselves and our loved ones remain. In recent years for more and more of us, these concerns around reliably providing life’s basic necessities have become pressing, even urgent issues.

The artwork included in this exhibition are from an overflow of works originally made for two projects undertaken by students in TLC’s Restricted Programmes – those students studying our qualifications from prisons around Aotearoa. The first are “kites” celebrating Matariki. The second set of works are “plates” created over the past few years in support of the Rimutaka Prison’s Gate to Plate event. Fitting with concepts central within mātauranga Māori (and many other indigenous and traditional knowledge systems and world views) such as balance and reciprocity, these works which represent an abundance (more work than we had space for) in their own context, are utilised here with the intent that they draw awareness to and help alleviate an essential and growing material need in another.

All food donations will go to the Lower Hutt Food Bank; 50% of proceeds from artwork sales go to the Lower Hutt Food Bank and 50% to The Learning Connexion Educational Trust, a not-for-profit organisation. 


Exhibition hours: 

2 July - 13 July
Mon -  Fri, 9am -  2pm

The Learning Connexion 
182 Eastern Hutt Road, Taitā, Lower Hutt
0800 278 769
|TLC| Gallery 

Selected Works 

Bacon and Eggs

Untitled (Bacon & Egg Face)
Restricted Programmes Student
Acrylic on Board
28cm Diameter


Untitled (Food from the Sea)
Restricted Programmes Student
Acrylic on Board
28cm Diameter


Untitled (Fish/Corn)
Restricted Programmes Student
Acrylic on Board
28cm Diameter


 View the exhibition catalogue below