New exhibition to shine at Te Awahou Nieuwe Stroom

To catch a Falling Star exhibition on at Te Awahou Nieuwe Stroom

Escape to Te Awahou Nieuwe Stroom and immerse yourself in the latest exhibition ‘To Catch a Falling Star, Hopukia te whetū rere’ which opens on Saturday 27 January and shows till Friday 22 March 2024.

This brilliant and thought provoking show by Te Awahou Collective is a spiritual interpretation of the work by the late Dr Cliff Whiting, an internationally renowned artist, esteemed teacher and practitioner of Māori arts.

Dr Cliff Whiting made an outstanding contribution to New Zealand arts and culture over a career spanning more than fifty years in the fields of art education, art administration, marae building and renovation. Cliff was also the mastermind behind the traditional and contemporary marae Rongomaraeroa at Te Papa Tongarewa.

Under the guidance of Albert McCarthy the Te Awahou Collective, a group of fourteen local artists, come together for a two month art exhibition showcasing their interpretations of his mahi. 

Varied styles, techniques, disciplines and backgrounds (painting, sculpture, carving, weaving, photography, illustration and digital) have been assembled for this special showing of the local artists and their unique works.

Horowhenua Mayor Bernie Wanden says, “Te Awahou Nieuwe Stroom has held many captivating exhibitions, and this is another stunning one to add to the list. Horowhenua has a wealth of talent in the arts, and ‘To Catch a Falling Star, Hopukia te whetū rere’ with its wide range of artistic skill, is set to impress.”

Our community and visitors can be inspired by ‘To Catch a Falling Star Hopukia te whetū rere’ between Saturday 27 January and Friday 22 March 2024 during Te Awahou Nieuwe Stroom’s opening hours.

Artists featured in the unique exhibition include:

Albert McCarthy: An internationally recognised artist and Te Awahou Collective creator. A contemporary sculptor, painter, and carver working in multiple mediums and techniques.

Gary Whiting: An artist and educator who has participated in numerous collective exhibitions throughout the land and has work held in national and international collections.

Meredith Marsone: A professional artist with an extensive national and international exhibition history. A contemporary figurative painter, Meredith has a unique and distinctive style.

Steve Leurink: With a background in art education and art practice ‘commercial and fine art’, Steve’s work through painting, technique and imagery explores a perspective of life cycle and energy.

Jenn Tonumaipe’a Farrell-Taylor: Jenn uses tatau (tattoo), sculpture, uku (clay), illustration and painting to pay homage to her roots and to Mana Whenua.

Phillip Andrews: An artist and educator working across traditional and digital spaces. His current artwork series employs a strong graphic flavour utilising a bold colour palette.

Miho Tsumakura: A photographer, NZIPP award winner and digital artist employing an orchestrated mix of camera shot imagery, Japanese aesthetic and compositing.

Tracy Underwood: With a deep regard for mātauranga Māori and other esoteric traditions, Tracey conveys her insights through her innovative sculptural approach with flax, clay and wood within a contemporary art context.

Sherilyn Vilela: A multi-media artist, Sherilyn works in 2D and 3D juxtaposing ideas, objects, humour and colour to reflect on her interpretation of topics that often scream for attention. She draws on inspiration from nature with a focus on our societal impact upon the environment.

Walter James Kupa: Using recycled woods, vinyl records and metal, Walter reconditions designs, ideas and concepts to retell old stories and concepts in a contemporary world.

Warwick Smith: Warwick’s mahi features portraits of great grandparents with their great grandchildren, seeking to show that even with our differences we have a lot more similarities.

Matty Green: Matty came to art through their love of music and musical instruments. This, and their upbringing in Aotearoa, inspired their mahi focused on taonga puoro (traditional Māori musical instruments) and whakairo (carving).

Leala Faleseuga: A multidisciplinary artist based in the Horowhenua, Leala uses photography, alternative processing, analogue-digital cycles and painting, audio-visual work, installation and writing.

Wouna le Roux: Wouna’s work explores the theme of liminality – the in-between or middle phase of rites of passage that we go through in various transformative stages in our lives, such as adolescence, marriage and motherhood.

John Bradley: Born in Nelson, John, a photographer and artist, is now living in Foxton. John has been awarded The New Zealand Operational Service Medal (NZOSM) New Zealand Defence Service Medal, New Zealand General Service Medal. He worked at Treasury NZ for 35 years, he’s an NZRJA national and international journalist and LRPS photographer.

Learn more about the Te Awahou Collective by visiting

To Catch a Falling Star Hopukia te whetū rere

Saturday 27 January to Friday 22 March 2024
Te Awahou Nieuwe Stroom
Māpuna Kabinet Art Gallery
92 Main Street, Foxton.

Free entry. Open daily.
Saturdays and Sundays from 10am to 4pm
Mondays to Fridays from 9am to 5pm