University of Canterbury Welcomes the 2023 Artist in Residence: Tui Emma Gillies

27 July 2023

Renowned ngatu (tapa) artist from Vavaʻu will create new work and Indigenous connections in response to the climate crisis in the Pacific

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We are excited to announce that Tui Emma Gillies from Tonga and New Zealand is the new Pacific Artist in Residence at the University of Canterbury. Commencing her work in July 2023, Tui will be making new ngatu (tapa) art and preparing for her first solo show in New Zealand while she keeps her family connections in Vava’u at heart, as she builds on the revival of the art taught by her mother, Sulieti Fieme’a Burrows MNZM. While focusing on important connections with Indigenous timespaces, her work will be responding to climate change issues and Pacific-wide relationships.


Tui Emma Gillies - Kiwi Tongan Artist Specialising in Tapa Art

("Voyagers", part of a series of works by the artist and her mother)


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