Artist: Tim Wraight

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Tim Wraight Changing Stories

My work in this exhibition, Changing Stories, is a collection of containers with objects that are mostly found and of natural origin.

I have always been fascinated by the various types of container that humans use to house treasured and revered things. From the wakahuia of Te Ao Maori which held objects of great mana and tapu, to reliquaries from many religious traditions within which are the remains of saints and deities, people have lavished great skill and precious materials in fashioning these objects.

My containers have ordinary commonplace things like bones, water, shells, from the beach, estuary or farm. While they may be mundane, I have given them all a story which might give them some sort of mana or imaginary fame, celebrating that which remains of a creature who walked, swam or took flight in this landscape.



Marahau artist Tim Wraight has been a practicing sculptor for over 25 years. Traditionally trained in the art of whakairo - Maori woodcarving at Te Awhina Marae in Motueka, he follows in the footsteps of his forbear John Henry Menzies of Menzies Bay in his love of wood as a primary material. Tim has a strong interest in pattern, both the patterns of the Pacific world and the folk motifs of his European heritage, which he adapts and utilizes in the expression of ideas around our culture, the natural world, and our place in it.

His large works have regularly appeared in most outdoor NZ sculpture shows, and also grace public spaces, marae and private collections both here and internationally.

Solo exhibitions based on his ongoing project ‘Enclave’ which explores the culture of his community at Marahau have been held at The Suter Gallery, Nelson, and at Mahana Gallery at Woollaston Estates.

In 2013 Tim was the recipient of the Sculpture on the Peninsula Award.

Tim exhibited for the first time at Little River Gallery in August 2016 with Ben Reid in their show ‘Out of Hand’.

Since then he has been working on a commission for Christchurch City Council, making a large intricate sculpture now situated outside the new Bishopdale Library and Community Centre.

His work for this year’s show at Little River Gallery “Changing Stories’ with Ché Vincent, explores and plays upon traditional wakahuia (treasure boxes) and reliquaries, constructing mythical and whimsical stories around the found objects contained within …

Artist Gallery

Artist Exhibitions

Ben Reid,  Tim Wraight

Wednesday 3 Aug 2016 - Wednesday 31 Aug 2016

Che Vincent,  Tim Wraight

Thursday 3 Aug 2017 - Wednesday 30 Aug 2017