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Lockdowns unleashed Pacific artist creativity

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Works done by Māori and Pasifika artists during lockdown will be on show from tomorrow at Karangahape Road’s Tautai Gallery.

Curator Nigel Borell says the nine artists were supported during last year’s Covid lockdown with fellowships from Tautai Contemporary Pacific Arts Trust, and it unleashed a burst or creativity.

Moana Waiwai, Moana Pāti includes film, digital image-making, painting, tatau, poetic prose, sonic landscapes and performance.

"I think the lockdowns have given artists creative licence to explore new ideas but also to make. The lockdowns were for some people quite welcomed because for artists who are sometimes quite introverted it was a great platform just to make and create unabated by the world around us," Mr Borrell says.

Tautai Gallery is at 300 Karangahape Rd.

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