One of the artworks in the Tamatea exhibition
Artist: Marilynn Webb


Explore one of this country’s most precious, remote areas through the eyes of New Zealand artists.


Tour venues and dates

Te Anau: DOC Fiordland Visitor Centre - 15 May to 14 July 2017

NelsonThe Suter Art Gallery - 5 August to 29 October 2017

Tamatea will travel to other locations around the country - dates and locations to be confirmed. 

View the exhibition catalogue (PDF, 1,602K)


Meet the artists

Read about the artists and view a gallery of their work.

About the exhibition

Tamatea/Dusky Sound

Our vision is for Tamatea/Dusky Sound to be one of the most intact ecosystems on Earth, and a ‘bio bank’ for New Zealand – a source of endangered native species that can repopulate conservation sites throughout the country.

An artist’s inspiration

To raise awareness of this project, and the area’s unique place in New Zealand history, we invited a team of artists to discover Tamatea for themselves.

In winter 2014 and summer 2015, two separate expeditions into southern Fiordland transported 26 New Zealand artists to the waters of Tamatea.

Their task: to connect people with this very special area and offer a window into a largely unseen environment.

This exhibition provides the opportunity for you to see, hear and explore Tamatea through their eyes.

New Zealand National Parks and Conservation Foundation logo.

Tamatea - Art and Conservation in Dusky Sound includes over 50 original works by some of New Zealand’s most significant artists, and emerging talent:

Ken Bradley, Nigel Brown, Brian Carmody, Ginney Deavoll, Janet de Wagt, Cheree Te Orangaroa Downes, Martin Hill and Philippa Jones, Denise Hunter, Simon Kaan, Gerda Leenards, Euan Macleod, Paul McCredie, Cilla McQueen, Braydon Moloney, Jo Ogier, Craig Potton, John Z Robinson, Irene Mura Schroder, Bubba Thompson, Elizabeth Thomson, John Walsh, Marilynn Webb, Robin White, Jane Zusters

Oraka Aparima Runaka Incorporated logo.

Tamatea - Art and Conservation in Dusky Sound has been developed in partnership with Te Rūnanga o Ōraka Aparima and is proudly supported by the New Zealand National Parks and Conservation Foundation.

Kindly contributed by the artists for the purpose of this exhibition, all artworks, unless otherwise purchased or indicated, are available for sale. Proceeds will be used to directly support Tamatea/Dusky Sound conservation and restoration projects.

Enquires for purchase of artworks to:

Kate Hebblethwaite
Senior Ranger (Community) - Fiordland District
Phone: +64 3 249 0237

View the sale sheet (PDF, 1,255K)

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