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Contemporary art from the Ainu people of Japan
Te Whanganui-a-Tara Programme


Atsushi Monbetsu, Traditional Ainu bow dance

Te Auaha Gallery

65 Dixon Street


24 - 29 January 2024

Te Papa Tongarewa

55 Cable Street


27 January 2024

Te Auaha Gallery

Gallery Open Hours

Mon - Fri 10am - 6pm
Sat & Sun 10am - 3pm

Special Events

Wednesday 24 January - Ainu Embroidery Workshop - 10:00am - 1:00pm

Come and learn to embroider coasters with Ainu designs. 

The workshop was facilitated by Akemi Shimada, (Shizunai Ainu) - embroiderer and cultural practitioner. Akemi is an Ainu elder, activist, and award winning artist. All materials were sourced from Japan.

Friday 26 January - Celebration Ceremony - 6:00pm - 8:00pm

A Celebration of the exhibition and the artists. 


Te Papa Tongarewa


Special Events

 Public Programme

Saturday 27 January 12:00pm - 2:00pm


For more information click here.

Come and meet the artists of Ramat Kor Kur while learning about Ainu patterns and trying your hand at making some yourself. The artists will also give demonstrations of the mukkuri or Ainu mouth harp.

Both Ainu and Māori are connected through their shared history of cultural revitalisation.

12pm: Papercutting Workshop

The artists of the Ramat Kor Kur Collective will demonstrate how to make Ainu patterns through paper cutting and you’ll have an opportunity to make your own.

1pm: Mukkuri Performance

The Collective artists will perform a live demonstration of the Mukkuri, the Ainu mouth harp.

1.30pm: Film Screening

Watch the award-winning short film The Fox of Shichigorosawa, written and illustrated by Koji Yuki. The film addresses environmental concerns and tells the tale of a family of foxes whose home is polluted by a nearby dumping ground.

Ramat Kor Kur Artists

With special thanks to:

Goichi Terachi

Takayuki Okazaki

Te Ururoa Flavell

Naoko Sakazume

Toi Nga Puhi

Te Haahi Ratana

Te Auaha Gallery

Te Papa Tongarewa

Hihiaua Cultural Centre Trust

New Zealand Embassy, Tokyo

Hoea! Gallery and Project Space

Embassy of Japan in New Zealand

Aotearoa Ainumosir Exchange Programme

And to our funders for making this happen:

Asia New Zealand Foundation

Creative New Zealand

Wellington City Council

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