Turumeke Harrington, Te Tauwhirowhiro Maruwehi (Can’t hold this sunny disposition back) II, 2021

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Image courtesy of the artist and Page Galleries, photo: Cheska Brown.

Turumeke Harrington
Te Tauwhirowhiro Maruwehi (Can’t hold this sunny disposition back) II, 2021
steel, acrylic perspex, LED light bulbs and electrical components
edition of 12
230 x 230 x 160mm

Turumeke Harrington’s practice moves between objects, furniture, and installation. Harrington’s clarity of form and function is supplemented by a poetic pragmaticism. Her sympathetic approach to materials combines with a bold colour palette to create engaging works, which speak to the artist’s own personal relationships, cultural anxieties, and everyday musings.

Harrington’s solo show at The Physics Room, Hey māmā, come play with me, was held in 2019, where the artist made an installation-come-playground in order to engage audiences in small moments of respite from daily life.


Turumeke Harrington (Kāi Tahu, Rangitāne) is a Te Whanganui-a-Tara Wellington-based artist working across sculpture and installation. Making work that sits somewhere between art and design she is interested in exploring how objects, material and colour can subvert, challenge and express mātauranga Māori. Harrington holds bachelor’s degrees in Industrial Design from Victoria University and Fine Arts from Canterbury University and a Master of Fine Arts (Distinction) from Massey University. She has recently exhibited at Christchurch Art Gallery Te Puna O Waiwhetu, The Dowse Art Museum, Tauranga Art Gallery, National Library of New Zealand Te Puna Mātauranga o Aotearoa, Pātaka Art + Museum, Adam Art Gallery Te Pātaka Toi, Enjoy Contemporary Art Space, Toi Pōneke, RM Gallery and Objectspace.

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