Aotea Utanganui’s mission is to create a bold schedule of professional, informative and attractive exhibitions for the public to enjoy.  The exhibitions celebrate the rich history and culture of South Taranaki, and the pride that people feel in their district.  These exhibitions are predominantly internally-curated exhibitions from our heritage collections and these have been supplemented with touring exhibitions loaned from other cultural institutions.  We curate two large temporary exhibitions each year for a duration of six months at a time.  We have received funding from the Taranaki Regional Council (TRC) for four major exhibition projects including Port-able: a History of Shipping in South Taranaki , Eltham and Beyond, Across the Centreline and The Wonder Gardens.  We also curate another 3-4 smaller exhibitions in our Livingston Baker Archive & Reading Room.

Current Exhibition

02.101 Cannon, King Edward Park, photo-F.G.Radcliff2002.101 Cannon, King Edward Park, photo-F. G. Radcliffe

The Wonder Gardens

Let’s go to the park and…

For generations this familiar invitation has sparked a mad scurrying to grab hats, boots, coats, dogs, balls and snacks.

What comes after the ‘and’ is largely unimportant, it’s the destination that matters – the public park, green space or botanic gardens just down your street. A wonderous and wonderful place of possibility, curiosity and imagination. That colourful, childhood memory factory that as adults we still get the fun of visiting and reconnecting with.

Come along! Come play, stroll, remember, relax, and seek out the magic of our locally-loved parks and gardens with us.

The exhibition will open May 18 and run till 18 November 2017.  This exhibition has been funded by the Taranaki Regional Council (TRC).




Wild Art: A Photographic Study by Pat Greenfield

A new exhibition featuring a solo show by Taranaki photographer Pat Greenfield. 

Pat has also long been fascinated by buildings and their architectural shapes and the stories behind them, particularly if abandoned.  Enter the Patea Freezing Works.  Being too scared to enter the surviving buildings on her own in the past, she finally decided to “get on with it”.  While having lunch in her car, a little girl who lived close by came along on her tricycle.  They had a short conversation in which the girl referred to the buildings as “the Birdhouse”.

“I didn’t know what to expect.” Pat says.  “But what I really didn’t expect to see was all of the great art – wild art that adorned the walls of the wild art gallery.  Or, thanks to the loads of pigeons the little girl referred to, the Birdhouse Wild Art Gallery.  The buildings complemented the art and vice versa in a symbiotic dance where the one would have been the poorer without the other.  Thanks to the muted ambient light, I was able to record the unknown artists’ work sympathetically, and through the medium of photography, enable others to enjoy their work” – Pat Greenfield.

JULY – NOVEMBER 2017, Livingston Baker Archive & Reading Room