Atiu Fibre Arts Studio Grand Finale @ BCA Gallery

Grand Finale, The Atiu Fibre Arts Studio
Andrea Eimke
BCA Gallery
March 30 - April 10
Opening Monday March 30, 6pm
Since its foundation in 1986, Atiu Fibre Arts Studio has dedicated its time and effort to the promotion and manufacture of Cook Islands traditional and contemporary textile art. Tivaivai has been the company's main focal point throughout these years. Founding member and director Andrea Eimke, who designed all of the Studio's artworks, curated many national and international exhibitions most of which included other Cook Islands textile artists' works alongside the company's Tivaivai. The National Museum, the Rarotongan Hotel, The Edgewater Resort, and many private collectors own Atiu Fibre Arts Studio Tivaivai. They can also be found in the collections of Australia's Victoria Gallery, New Zealand's Te Papa Museum, and numerous private homes throughout the world. In a book, published in 2009 by the British Museum, London and in 2010 by Te Papa Museum, which Andrea co-authored with German anthropologist Susanne Kuechler, she told the story of Tivaivai as she lived it in the company of Tivaivai makers on Atiu since 1983. 
Andrea would have loved to celebrate the Atiu Fibre Art Studio's thirthieth anniversary, even though all active shareholders in the company have long passed on; however family matters don't allow her that choice. After 28 years, this exhibition at Beachcomber Contemporary Art (BCA) is the Grand Finale of Atiu Fibre Arts Studio and Andrea's active contribution to Cook Islands textile art. All bed and wall Tivaivai and some smaller items are available for sale.

Special thanks to Air Rarotonga for facilitating delivery of the Tivaivai from Atiu to Rarotonga.
New Sam Thomas show set for May

BCA Gallery is pleased to announce a new show by Sam Thomas opening May 11th.
Thomas will showcase new aluminium paintings as well as works on canvas and a new
Vaka sculpture. Thomas last exhibited with BCA in 2013 as artist in residence.



March 5-8 
Now In its 8th Edition, VOLTA NY has relocated from SOHO to Pier 90 to be next door to its larger cousin the ARMORY SHOW.
90 galleries from around the globe presented dynamic solo projects for a discerning New York audience with strong sales results during a competitive week of art exhibition in New York City.
Results and attendance were attributed to the evolving reputation of VOLTA and its exhibiting galleries/artists and its rather useful new proximity to the crowd pulling ARMORY SHOW at Piers 92 & 94. An exceptional range of collectors, institution representatives, curators and public figures visited and purchased at the new VOLTA venue.
While a small blizzard affected opening day on Thursday, resolute collectors arrived during the weekend, responding well to new bodies of work that drove sales throughout the duration of the fair.
Painting re-emerged as the dominant form of expression, while video, photography and sculpture were present in a lesser quantity. 
VOLTA artistic director Amanda Coulson noted ‘"The Pier definitely raised the stakes for us as well as the exhibitors; it brought us some wonderful new collaborations, and good brands that add value for the visitor and the exhibitor — which I am sure we will be able to extend for 2016. The artists had more space and a better environment to show their work, but we learned that we must always be mindful of retaining what gave us our success in the first place and, as such, we are already super excited and planning improvements for the next edition. We definitely never rest on our laurels at VOLTA and even with the great success of this year’s show, we are already brainstorming for the coming year."

Attending in an observation capacity, BCA Gallery directors Ben Bergman & Luke Brown witnessed firsthand the brand new presentation of the VOLTA Fair, the new spacious venue only adding to the strength of the art on offer. Having exhibited at VOLTA in 2011, 2012 and 2014, BCA remains resolute in its undertaking to continue to exhibit its represented artists at this level.


For more on the VOLTA show click HERE





2015 Patrons Dinner at BCA Gallery Sunday 15th February

The inaugural BCA Gallery Patrons Dinner was held Sunday 15th February. BCA Gallery would like to acknowledge
sponsors Air New Zealand, Lawsons Dry Hills, CITC Liquor, Cook Islands Printing Services, Westpac Bank, Palm Grove
Cafe Salsa and Ora Fiduciary. 

Photos: Brie Zeman, Turama Photography.


Upcoming at BCA GALLERY in 2015

Shane Cotton
Stangers Perch
Acrylic on Canvas, 2001


The 2015 BCA Calander kicks off with the February 16th Art Auction featuring important works from Colin McCahon, Shane Cotton and John Pule as well as selected works by Cook Island’s artists Mahiriki Tangaroa, Loretta Reynolds, Tim Buchanan, Sylvia Marsters & Ian George.

New Zealand artists Andy Leleisiúao, Nanette Lelaúlu, Glenn Mills, Tabatha Forbes and Sam Thomas and PNG artist Daniel was with former Cook Islands resident artist Rick Welland rounding out the catalogue.

A major group show for the 50th National celebrations dominates the season which will include artists Mahiriki Tangaroa, Ian George, Sylvia Marsters, Loretta Reynolds, Andy Leleisiúao and others. Sam Thomas will present a solo project in May while Kay George will present a solo exhibition in June. New Zealand Artist Paula Schaafhausen is this year’s Artist in Residence and will join BCA in October.


Tivaivai show very popular




The exhibition 'Grandmothers Legacy' featuring Cook Islands Tivaivai artists Tungane Broadbent and Vereara
Maeava - Taripo continues until the end of December at BCA Gallery. Set amongst old colonial furniture sourced 
from houses in Rarotonga, the Tivaivai show has been extended by popular demand.
Photos: M. Tangaroa,

Ross Holmes & Ron Crocombe, Southern Cook Islands Customary Law, Vol 1-3, Book Launch

Ross Holmes & Ron Crocombe
Southern Cook Islands Customary Law, Vol 1-3
Book Launch & Lecture by Ross Holmes

BCA GALLERY Special Event, Wednesday November 5th, 2014 @ 6pm

The Cook Islands Courts, from the commencement of the Court system in 1902 down to the present time, have made determinations on customary law in the absence of sufficient evidence as to what customary law is. One purpose of this book is to ensure that relevant information about Maori customary laws is available. The detailed research which Ross Holmes has carried out over the past 8 years has re-written Rarotongan history which has been distorted by widely believed invented traditions. Holmes argues that a number of the "customs" relied upon by the Courts were, in fact,  European invented traditions (including the doctrine of primogeniture). He further argues that during the LMS era some of the ariki of Rarotonga, and others, acquired substantial areas of land, and titles, to which they had no customary law entitlement. There are accordingly many historical injustices in Rarotonga that remain to be righted.

Losacker opening a great success

At the opening of the Wolfgang Losacker Photographic exhibition  (L-R)
Mrs. Akaiti Puna,  Dr. Wolfgang Losacker and Cook Islands Prime Minister Hon. Henry Puna.

Aproximately 70 people attended the opening of this historical photographic exhibition
of 20 selected images by Dr. Wolfgang Losacker.  During his opening remarks, Dr. Losacker 
spoke passionately of his time in the Cook Islands, recollecting many moments that 
influenced his photographs. 

BCA Curator Mahiriki Tangaroa welcomed & acknowledged  BCA Patrons
and all who attended.

The exhibition will conclude on October 3rd. 

Wolfgang Losacker Photography Show Opens September 15th


Renowned heart specialist Dr. Wolfgang Losacker arrived in the Cook Islands capital of Rarotonga in January 1981. 
The son of a photographer, Losacker was transferred to the outer islands to examine the general health of the population. He soon realised he had the opportunity to record, in photographic form, a unique Polynesian lifestyle he had only dreamt of as a schoolboy while reading Stevenson & Maugham and observing the paintings of Gauguin. Losacker’s photographic study traverses several decades of life in the outer islands and has become an important record of a time and lifestyle long past.  

He has also authored a photographic book entitled South Sea's, Cook Islands which will be available as part of the exhibition. 

This exhibition will open at 6pm, Monday September 15th at BCA Gallery with remarks from Mahiriki Tangaroa and Wolfgang Losacker.
Above: Pere Pukapuka ioti te angaanga (Playing Cards), Pukapuka 1984. Photographic Print ed. /3
BCA Catalogue Auction, August 18th

SOLD! BCA Auctioneer John (JK) Kenning in action on Monday night.
Photo John Beasley, VARO Media.

The second BCA Catalogue Art Auction was held Monday 18th August with works by Sam Thomas, Kay George
Loretta Reynolds, Sylvia Marsters and Mahiriki Tangaroa attracting strong interest in the 70 plus crowd.

A noted New Zealand  collector snapped up a stunning Leleisiúao work.

Special guest John Gow of Aucklands Gow-Langsford Gallery was on hand to speak to the art on auction 
as was Barbara Lawson, proprietor, Lawson's Dry Hills Winery who introduced her label as the newest 
patron to BCA. 

BCA selected charity the Creative Centre for adults with disabilities will receive $2300.00 from
the auction proceeds.

The next BCA auction is scheduled for 16 February 2015. More details soon.



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