18 November 2017 - 18 February 2018 - Waikato Museum, Hamilton
This amazing venue provided a superb hub for the Porirua and Wellington communities to explore our exhibition. The rimu portrait took pride of place in the busy "spine" of the gallery with lots of through-traffic and cafe-goers enjoying the additional injection of stunning nature!
As part of the exciting exhibition titled: WOOD: back to the future. The 4 metre-tall NZ Tree Project rimu portrait was displayed in
Auckland's Gus Fisher Gallery alongside works from Laurence Aberhart, the Tree Ring Laboratory and the Kauri Project.
180 sponsors, donors and supporters packed into the Gallagher Academy of Performing Arts Playhouse theatre for this one night only event. The premiere was a runaway success as indicated by the excellent feedback, smiles, raucous laughter and conversation. The NZTP team couldn't have expected such an outstanding show of support from a very broad and diverse cross section of the community.
The evening began with a beautifully moving mihi and blessing from Waikato-Tainui and Ngāti Rereahu which set a special atmosphere for the entire evening. After brief speeches from the University of Waikato's Professor Bruce Clarkson and the NZTP team, the excited crowd erupted into praise as they viewed the 4x2 metre Rimu Portrait and the full selection of large format printed works. The quality of the work and the rarely seen subjects had the crowd captivated.
Along with the printed works we of course had the first public viewing of our documentary "On the Shoulder of Giants". The film had the audience cheering mid presentation as they saw scenes from the past and saw family, friends in a story of their own turbulent history.
The NZTP team were left speechless by the support and found the event very rejuvenating after working for so long behind the scenes. The team's next big task is maintaining contact with outstanding exhibition confirmations from many Museums and Galleries all over New Zealand.