Brothers Ephraim and Tāmanuhiri Russell installed artworks in EIT’s new Hastings Learning Centre, celebrating inclusion in expressing the best of Hawke’s Bay in art.
Local artists, who are based at Awa Ink studio in Hastings, were commissioned by EIT for the project.
Led by renowned moko artist Tāmanuhiri Russell, they created 13 artworks for the Heretaunga Street West centre, which will open for public inquiries on Wednesday, April 18, and to students on Monday, April 30, following the mid-semester break.
The team of four artists, all Ngāti Kahungunu, were charged with creating a welcoming environment for students and staff.
“Our brief was to create something that makes visitors feel welcome and invites locals to take ownership of the space,” Tāmanuhiri said.
Adopting a collaborative approach, the group took photographs of Hawke’s Bay landmarks that included Te Mata Peak, Te Pania, Pekapeka Swamp and Maraetotara Falls and used digital technology to execute the images in perspex and metal.
“We have chosen to highlight areas that are taonga to our people, to show everyone their beauty,” Tāmanuhiri pointed out.
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