Maureen Lander


Project Activated: 10-19 February 2017


Te Hikutu, Ngapuhi

Dr Maureen Lander is a multi-media installation artist who has exhibited locally, nationally and internationally since 1986.  From the early 1990s until 2007 Maureen taught Maori Material Culture courses at the University of Auckland and her contemporary artwork draws inspiration from woven fibre pieces in museum collections and early illustrations. She describes Harakeke (New Zealand flax) as a potent medium for creative expression in language, art, and weaving.

Since her retirement from teaching Maureen has continued to make and exhibit her art and is regularly invited to undertake artist residencies in New Zealand and Australia. During these residencies she has helped initiate several collaborative, socially engaged interactive events for local communities.

The community weaving group that Maureen Lander, Keren Ruki and Kiri Morcombe established at Parramatta Artists’ Studios in Sydney during 2010 continues to be active six years later under the name of WeAve Parramatta.

Recent Residencies, Exhibitions and Projects:

2016: Toi Ngapuhi Festival, featured artist on the theme of Hariata Rongo and wahine toa.

2015: Come Rain Come Shine solo exhibition, Geoff Wilson Gallery, Northtec, Whangarei

/ Tell Tails collaborative exhibition with Christine Hellyar and Jo Torr, Alexander Turnbull Library gallery, Wellington / Te Wa Toiri with Ioane Ioane and Niki Hastings-McFall, Toi o Tamaki, Auckland Art Gallery / Mana Wahine group exhibition, Dowse Art Gallery, Wellington

2014: Flag It group exhibition at The Depot, Devonport and No 1, Parnell St Gallery Rawene / Small works in ToiToy group exhibition, Village Arts, Kohukohu / Kahu Kara/ Flag Cloaks in W’akaputanga. A Proclamation. Blackspace, Kohukohu / Ahi Ka in Te Pu o Te Wheke: Toi Ngapuhi Reaching out to the World , Kaikohe

2013: Campbelltown Arts Centre, Sydney. Four week residency making work for the exhibition “Towards the Morning Sun” / *Sky Skirts, workshop and installation in Towards the Morning Sun, Campbelltown Arts Centre, Sydney. / *Starweaver, collaborative window installation in whetu-whenu- whenua, Lopdell House Gallery (off-site), New Lynn, Auckland.

2012:             Aho Kura Huna, commissioned installation in Kahu Ora/ Living Cloaks, Te Papa Tongarewa, Wellington. /

2011:             An Ephemeral Practice, Northart Gallery, Northcote, solo exhibition as invited artist for Te Taumata series, Auckland Matariki festival /             Kete Mekameka in Whenu (Pa te Aroha Weavers), Kohukohu

Maureen Lander

Maureen Lander’s project for Sculpture on the Gulf is supported by the Auckland Council Creative Communities Scheme.