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27 February 2021

Open day: Te Tuhi at Parnell Station

Te Tuhi Studios & Papatūnga, Parnell Station, 2019. Photo by Becky Nunes


Join the resident artists Andrew Rankin, Bill Riley, Dion Hitchens, Jana Wood, Sarah Holten-Warren and Tira Walsh, and view the historic station building that has been transformed into a studio and gallery complex.

The adjoining independent art space Papatūnga will be open with a new work from artist Jaimie Waititi, presented as a satellite project of Te Tuhi’s major group exhibition, A Very Different World from renowned Māori curator Ngahiraka Mason.

Te Tuhi’s billboards at Parnell Station will host a new project by Maraea Timutimu, also as part of A Very Different World.

Coffee and doughnuts will be served. Nau mai, haere mai!

Te Tuhi’s Parnell Station project was instigated by Auckland Art Fair co-director Stephanie Post and developed by Te Tuhi in partnership with Auckland Transport.

About our Parnell studio artists

Andrew Rankin

Andrew Rankin graduated from Elam School of Fine Arts with a Master of Fine Arts with First Class Honours in 2019. His research is engaged with the conceptual parameters of photography as a reproducible medium, and his works explore relationships between frame, form and image. In 2020 he was a finalist in the Molly Morpeth Canaday Award and the Wallace Art Awards.

Bill Riley

Bill Riley is a prominent artist in Aotearoa New Zealand and Australia. His work is represented in the Chartwell, Fletcher, James Wallace, St Kilda City, Robert Holmes ã Court and the University of Auckland art collections as well as private collections in Aotearoa New Zealand and internationally. 

Dion Hitchens

Dion Hitchens is Tūhoe and Ngāti Porou, Chinese and European. Commitment to a spiritual meditation practice is a daily routine and a pathway to realise human and mental oneness. Hitchens’ art practice is patterned after the Buddhist discipline of slow breathing to calm the mind and focus on nothingness.

Jana Wood

Jana Wood graduated from Elam School of Fine Arts with a Post Graduate Diploma in Fine Arts in 2018. In 2019 she was a finalist in the Waikato Museum’s National Contemporary Art Award and her work is in the collection of the Wallace Arts Trust as well as private collections in Aotearoa New Zealand and internationally.

Sarah Holten-Warren

Sarah Holten-Warren is a mixed media artist whose work is grounded in expressive mark making techniques, which delight in their complexity and mood. Having no autonomous use of her hands, Sarah employs a range of techniques including adaptive digital eyegaze technology to create her work. Sarah has created a body of work using a mixture of techniques including the eyegaze technology, a head pointer and her hands.

Tira Walsh

Tira Walsh (Ngāti Wairere) is a contemporary painter living in Tāmaki Makaurau. Walsh has begun to accrue a notable exhibition history since graduating with a Master of Creative Practice from Unitec in 2018. In 2019 Walsh was awarded the Kaipara Wallace Arts Trust Award, receiving a three-month residency at Altes Spital in Solothurn, Switzerland. She has been selected for the Karekare House Residency for 2021. Walsh is represented by Two Rooms Gallery in Tāmaki Makaurau Auckland.

Te Tuhi is closed at Alert Level 3.