The Ngāi Tahu Māori Rock Art Trust is hosting a rock art hui for artists on the weekend of 8 to 10 March at Arowhenua Marae. Funded with a grant from the Ngāi Tahu Fund, the programme includes visits to rock art sites in the district, with thought provoking presentations from Ross Hemara and Brian Allingham also on the agenda. Project Sponsor, Wendy Heath, said from the Trust’s perspective it was important to provide an opportunity for artists to engage with the work of their ancestors.

“It’s about focusing on what inspired our tīpuna in the past and how that can be relevant for our contemporary artists. Hopefully they’ll come away inspired by the hui, and it’ll flow through into their mahi toi. We see artists as critical to carrying the matauranga through to future generations.”

The hui is part of the trust’s wider strategy to support the management, protection and celebration of the 580 rock arts throughout the Ngāi Tahu rohe. Places are limited – RSVP to [email protected]