'Collecting Contemporary' exhibition view, Te Papa, July 2011 (artworks by Simon Morris, Warwick Freeman and Geoff Thornley)

Contemporary New Zealand Art: What? Why? How? 

Examine and evaluate ideas, materials, and techniques used by some of New Zealand’s leading contemporary artists.

Discuss ideas about why we need a national art collection and the role art and artists play in society. Examine some new works recently added to the Te Papa’s Art Collection, and discuss the ways in which New Zealand contemporary artists use different materials and techniques to explore and express ideas in their work. Compare different approaches taken by artists working within the same genre, and evaluate their effectiveness. Investigate the concepts being explored by conemporary artists through their work.

Choose one of the following two programme areas:



  • Sculpture – Peter Robinson, Francis Upritchard, Bill Culbert, Jim Allen, Paratene Matchitt, Daniel Malone, Martino Gramper and Karl Fritsch.
  • Jewellery – Karl Fritsch, Lisa Walker, Areta Wilkinson, Warwick Freeman
  • Ceramics – Len Castle, John Parker, Martin Poppelwell


  • Painting – Paratene Matchitt, Simon Morris, Reuben Paterson, Julian Daspher
  • Photography – Anne Noble, Andrew Ross, Edith Amituanai, Maddie Leach
  • Video – Shigeyuki Kihara, Lisa Reihana, Maddie Leach

NCEA achievement standards 2011

Visual Arts
Level 1 – 1.1
Level 2 – 2.1
Level 3 – 3.1

Art History
Level 1 – 1.1, 1.2, 1.4, 1.6
Level 2 – 2.1, 2.1, 2.3
Level 3 – 3.1, 3.3

Programme information

Availability: 11 February – 29 June 2012

Year level: Years 9 13

Duration: 90 minutes

Cost per student: $6.50 (Teachers and parent helpers are free)

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