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New Exhibitions Coming Soon to The Suter: He Raranga Kōrero: Weaving Conversations

New Exhibitions Coming Soon to The Suter:
He Raranga Kōrero: Weaving Conversations
Sat, Sep 25th – Sun, Nov 14th
Harakeke is one of the most distinctive native plants in Aotearoa and is often, mistakenly, called flax due its similar properties. Each plant has its own unique quality depending on the weavers’ needs.

Muka, the fibre extracted from Harakeke is known for its strength, dexterity and beauty. However, all parts of the harakeke can be utilised in the making of a variety of articles such as nets, ropes, scents, rafts, medicine, mats, hats, jewellery to name a few. Most commonly Harakeke is used in basket making, cloaks and piupiu.
Examples of the use of contemporary fibres in weaving will be seen in this exhibition which highlights the coming together of two worlds and cultures.
Through the intergenerational transmission of knowledge and traditions, harakeke weaving has survived in the present day.
He Raranga Kōrero: Weaving Conversations celebrates and features work from Te Tauihu harakeke weavers of our past and present.

Curated by Louisa Paul (Ngāti Koata, Ngāti Toa, Ngāti Rangiwewehi)
Image: Hamuera Robb

Long Cherished Wish
October 2nd – November 21st

It was announced by Bishop Suter’s wife Amelia upon his death in 1895 that it was his ‘long cherished wish’ that the people of Nelson have an art gallery. To honour this wish, Amelia gifted to the city property and art to establish what is now The Suter Art Gallery. Over the decades the art collection has grown from the Suter’s initial gift of 30 paintings – a significant number of them being John Gully watercolours – to over 1,500 paintings, sculptures, ceramics, textiles, jewellery, digital and mixed media artworks.

A mix of local and nationally significant artists, these acquisitions to the collection have come to us through the generosity of our friends, supporters, artists and art lovers across Aotearoa. We hope to continue to pay tribute to Bishop Suter and his ‘long cherished wish’ by bringing to Nelson artworks that challenge, delight and inspire.

Image: Josephine Cachemaile, Quiver (For Rosa), 2019, Velvet, Cotton, Calico, and Acrylic on canvas, wood, polyfill, collection of The Suter Te Aratoi O Whakatu: Purchased in 2020

In The Pastorius Waller Theatre at The Suter:

New Dates – Saturday 18 September to Saturday 2 October

Don’t miss this years fantastic programme–a combination of the best in contemporary Italian cinema with masterpieces from Italy’s rich cinematic tradition that also provides meaningful insights into society.

You can view the complete lineup of films and book your tickets on the State Cinema website:


Coming Soon:

The Nelson Arts Festival returns with an inspiring and diverse programme of unmissable arts experiences: 21 – 31 October 2021.
The Pastorius Waller Theatre at The Suter will once again host a curated selection of shows and talks.
The Mask Carnivale will brighten up the city on Friday 29 October (enrolments are now open on the Arts Festival website).
The full festival programme will be available on the website and in the festival brochure from early August.

Tickets on Sale Now:
December 4th 2021.
Tickets are on sale now for TEDxNelson. A range of exciting and diverse speakers and ideas around the theme of Global Citizenship.

Sign up for updates and reminders on the website. Speakers will be confirmed and released at a later date.
See TEDxNelson website: and Facebook page for updates.

Current Exhibitions at The Suter

July 24th 2021 – October 10th 2021

With Pangaea Wellington-based artist Natchez Hudson creates an ambitious, daring and thought provoking vision of our world.

The Suter are thrilled to welcome you back through the doors in Level Two-
There are just a few things to remember:

Please sign in and sanitise when you arrive.
Wear a mask (our staff will wear one too).
The store will only be taking card payments at level two.
remember to maintain two metres physical distancing from others in the gallery.

Thank You!
In The McKee Gallery:


Click here to find out more…

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