3 Nov 2012

New Maori art project may have wider significance

10:09 am on 3 November 2012

A senior lecturer at the University of Auckland hopes a project looking at Maori understanding of Maori art will contribute to new indigenous art histories that are being written around the world.

The Toi Te Mana project, that will trace the development of Maori art from its Polynesian origins to the present day has been awarded a Marsden fund grant worth $635,000.

University of Auckland senior lecturer Dr Deidre Brown will be involved in the project which she says will be based on some of the learning coming out of Australia and the northern hemisphere.

Dr Brown says Toi Te Mana may become a good example of the collation of art history by and for indigenous people.