Tokerau Wilson – Wheke Fortress (3/05/2019 May – 1/06/2019)

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We are pleased to invite you to enter the Wheke Fortress, an exhibition of graphic works, sculpture, projection, mixed media and apparel by NZ artist, Tokerau Wilson.


Wilson is a longtime improvising musician, artist, and curator of the Māori Pasifika Goth Contemporary Exhibitions. He has recently worked on Aroha Bridge as Assistant Animator, as well as traveling to Rarotonga, Hawai’i and Samoa. He is currently putting together the worlds first Experimental Māori Pasifika sound series.

Tokerau works to create platforms and increase visibility for Māori and Pasifika artists whose work falls outside the realm of purely traditional forms.


Creating a Wheke Fortress
The artist dreaming and floating through ideas.
Uphold rules to ensure your Kaupapa has a sanctuary.
Keep the space alive.


wheke: octopus, cuttlefish, squid, nautilus, cephalopod, κεφαλόποδα, head feet, bi lateral body symmetry, multiorganed, been around for 300 million years, creature, taniwha, camoflauge, merge, blend, tentacles, beak, powerful, clever, multitasking, mantle, jet, stealth, ingenuity, playful, mysterious, boneless, can squeeze thru tiny spaces, complicated, ink sac.

fortress: security, safe space, home, enclosed, protection, stronghold, resist, immunity, kid fort, withstanding outside pressure, architectural semi permeable membrane, shell, solid, thicc.


Opens: Friday 3 May, 5.30pm (w. refreshments from Liberty Breweries)
With performances by Ana Scotney, 1§3, Nudibranch
Hours: Tuesday – Saturday, 12.00pm – 4.00pm.
Closes: Saturday 1 June, 4.00pm


In association with the exhibition, Tokerau Wilson is hosting two workshops.

Tuesday 7 May, 5 – 6pm
DEMYSTIFYING MUSICAL EQUIPMENT – learn the basics of sound equipment.
Koha. No previous knowledge required. Equipment supplied.

More information over here.

Wednesday 8 May, 5 – 6pm
OUTSIDE THE FRAME comics workshop – how to create stories.
Koha. No previous knowledge required. Equipment supplied.

More information over here.