Māori uku art began its development in the 1980s with the formation of Ngā Kaihanga Uku, the national Māori clayworkers’ association.

In the decades since, uku has evolved to become a more established material, adding its own unique voice to conversations about contemporary Māori art.

This exhibition is a survey of current uku (clay) practice. It highlights the diverse work of 8 Māori artists who explore a range of responses to the physical and conceptual properties of this tactile material.

Whenua Hou features new and existing work from Dan Couper, Davina Duke, Stevei Houkamau, Hera Johns, Tracy Keith, Jess Paraone, Hana Rakena and Aaron Scythe.

This touring exhibition has been curated by Tauranga Art Gallery and Objectspace and has been generously supported by First Sovereign Trust.