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Art Lovers Book Club


23 September 2020

5:30 pm - 7:00 pm

Venue Leeds Art Gallery

Tags Activity, Adult,

Join us for our virtual book club in partnership with Leeds Libraries. The Art Lovers Book Club brings thought provoking books chosen for you by artists. These are books that have been particularly formative or influential on the artist’s thinking or practice. The book this month is chosen by the Maori artist George Nuku.

George Nuku is one of Aotearoa/New Zealand’s leading contemporary Māori artists, hailing from the Ngāti Kahungunu tribe of the Hawkes Bay region of the North Island of Aotearoa/New Zealand. George works in stone, bone, wood, shell, polystyrene and plexiglass. George’s work has been shown at the Venice Biennale (2009), the Wellcome (2010), Frieze Masters (2012), Museum de Rouen (2015), the Paris Climate Change Conference (2015) and many other international galleries and museums. In February this year he was appointed Research fellow at the Research Center for Material Cultures at the Tropenmuseum in Amsterdam and has a major exhibition opening at the Museum of Geneva in September 2020.

We are linking this event to a particular Maori carving in the current Woodwork exhibition, which explores how artists have used wood in their work across different cultures and time periods. The Maori carving on display is an Ancestor Figure [‘Tekoteko’] dated c.1860.

George Nuku’s book choice is ‘Ka whaiwhai tonu matou: Struggle without End’ (1990) by Dr Ranginui Walker, a best-selling history of Aotearoa/New Zealand from a Maori perspective. Since the mid-nineteenth century, Maori have been involved in an endless struggle for justice, equality and self-determination. In this book Dr Walker provides a uniquely Maori view, not only of the events of the past two centuries but beyond to the very origins of Maori people.

Extracts from the book will be shared as a PDF with readers once you have reserved your free place via Ticketsource.

If you require any further information about Art Lovers Book Club then please contact [email protected]

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