M/other brings together artworks by 10 contemporary artists from Aotearoa that reflect on diverse experiences of motherhood.

From 10am – 12pm on Tuesday, 7 May, the gallery will also be hosting a knitting session. Interested members of the public are invited to pick up some knitting needles and take part. Parents in particular are encouraged to come along. “I’ve got fond memories of hearing the clickity-clack of my grandmother’s metal knitting needles, it’s a skill that I’ve yet to master,” says Exhibitions Curator Sarah Hudson. “The gallery is a space for our community, I hope this knitting event can encourage people to come together and share time and skills.”

The knitting session at Te Kōputu is free to attend, and child-friendly. Participants can bring their own projects, or start from scratch using basic materials provided at the event. Helpful experts from Edgecumbe Women’s Institute will be available to answer any questions and teach some knitting basics; knitters of all skill levels and experience are welcome. Pom-pom making will also be on offer for the littlies. Curator Sarah Hudson will also be available to answer any questions about the artworks in M/other. No bookings required.


For all media enquiries, please contact:
Jordan Davey-Emms, Exhibition Technician


Sarah Hudson, Exhibitions Curator


Event summary:

  • Knitting in the Gallery
  • Tuesday 14 May, 10am – 12pm
  • Brookfields Lawyers Gallery
    Te Kōputu a te whanga a Toi – Whakatāne Library and Exhibition Centre
    49 Kakahoroa Drive/ Esplanade Mall
  • Free to attend
  • Child-friendly
  • Beginners welcome

Image information:

  • FILE NAME: Zoe Thompson_Moore Mother

Information: Zoe Thompson-Moore, M/other, cotton applique on gingham. Photo by Troy Baker.

  • FILE NAME: CNZ Logo jpeg

About the exhibition:

  • Curated by Sarah Hudson.
  • Featuring work by Erena Baker, Leala Faleseuga, Rhonda Halliday, Turumeke Harrington, Claire Harris, Tash Helasdottir-Cole, Zoe Thompson-Moore, Jasmine Togo-Brisby, Kararaina Toi, Justine Walker.

  • Exhibition description:
    What do you think of when you hear the word ‘mother’?

This question has occupied the minds of 10 artists from around the country, who have been brought together to critically discuss an inclusive interpretation of motherhood, mothering and maternal roles. Expressed through moving image, photography, sculpture and installation; the artists share both a radical vulnerability and empowered strength with the Whakatāne community. M/other evokes diverse themes, such as intergenerational maternal knowledge and parenting through a queer lens; as well as exploring divisions of labour and mātauranga Māori notions of creation.

Thought-provoking and hands-on public programmes led by local experts and creatives will accompany this exhibition at Te Kōputu a te Whanga a Toi – the Whakatāne Library and Exhibition Centre.

  • Exhibition developed with support from Creative NZ.