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.



BCA Catalogue Auction set for August 18th


Artists Mahiriki Tangaroa, Mark Cross, Hye Rim Lee, Sam Thomas, Ian George, Rick Welland, Sylvia Marsters, Andy Leleisiúao, Loretta Reynolds, Tim Buchanan and Te Aturangi Nepia - Clamp feature in the new BCA Catalogue.

The catalogue auction is set for Monday August 18th at BCA Gallery and will once again be overseen by auctioneer John Kenning and special guest John Gow of Gow Langsford Gallery who will join us from Auckland.  We will also welcome our new sponsors CITC Liquor and Lawson’s Dry Hills Winery to the BCA Patrons family.  
Once again the Creative Centre is our charity of choice and they will receive a percentage of the auction total.
Absentee forms are available in the catalogue and bids are invited should you not be able to attend. Auction catalogues are available  now at BCA or please view on-line. Viewing for the auction will be available as of Monday 11th at BCA.

Right: Mahiriki Tangaroa, View from the Clouds, Oil on canvas.
BCA Gallery Prints for sale

Mahiriki Tangaroa
Moana Nui
Limited Edition Screen Print on Canvas, ed.100


Mahiriki Tangaroa
After A While
Limited Edition Screen Print on Canvas, ed.100


Sylvia Marsters
New York Hibiscus
Limited Edition Screen Print on Canvas, ed.100


W/Wide Shipping Available:
New Zealand: $20.00
Australia/USA: $30.00
Asia: $35.00
Europe: $40.00




BCA returns to the VOLTA Show, NYC, March 6-9

Above: Sylvia Marsters, New Yorkers Dont See Flowers, Panel 6, Oil on Canvas, 2013.


BCA returns to NYC March 6-9 to exhibit at the VOLTA Show, 82 Mercer St with the Sylvia Marsters Installation, New Yorkers Don't See Flowers.

Nine original paintings in this series will be accompanied by a limited screen print entitled New York Hibiscus.

Artist Sylvia Masters will be present at VOLTA.  Joining the BCA team is local videographer John Beasley. A documentary of the  NYC trip will be launched after the VOLTA show. 



BCA Auction Results

Gow Langsford Galleries John Gow and Auctioneer John Kenning get the BCA Catalogue
Sale underway, 17.2.14 @ BCA Gallery, Rarotonga.


Nanette Lela'ulu,  Power Pole -  1300.00

Tim Buchanan, Girl with Uke -  900.00

Tim Buchanan,  Are Karioi -  1400.00

Mark Cross,  Ta'akoka Dawn -  PI.

Mark Cross, Surge - PI.

Varu Samuel, Mahi Mahi - 850.00

Apii  Rongo, Toku Enua Tumutevarovaro - 1550.00

Mahiriki Tangaroa, Wait a While - 1600.00

Loretta Reynolds, Raro - 1200.00

Reuben Paterson, Te Arawa - 2550.00

Richard Boyd - Dunlop, Raro Rooster - 400.00

Kay George, Flower Power - 900.00

Sylvia Marsters, Tropic - 1700.00

Reuben Paterson - Ceremony Seekers, LEP - 1200.00

Sylvia Marsters,  Plethora (Red Hibiscus) - 2500.00


Please see our FB page for more images and official video.

The Creative Centre of Rarotonga for adults with disablities recieved 10% of auction proceeds as reported in CI News 21.2.14







The BCA Auction Catalogue is available now


BCA 2014 Catalogue Auction
BCA Gallery, Rarotonga
17th February, 6pm
Auctioneer: John Kenning
Special Guest: John Gow, Gow Langsford Gallery, Auckland.
Catalogue works viewing 12-17th February @ BCA Gallery

BCA Gallery is proud to present  its first ever Catalogue Auction to take place at BCA Gallery, Rarotonga, Monday, February 17th at 6pm. Works by Mark Cross, Mahiriki Tangaroa, Reuben Paterson, Sylvia Marsters, Tim Buchanan, Loretta Reynolds, Nanette Lela’ulu and others will be on offer.

Senior Auckland Gallerist John Gow will be keynote speaker and special advisor to the auction.

10% of auction proceeds will be donated to the Creative Centre Charity.  The primary focus of the Creative Centre is to develop pre-vocational and vocational skills for adults with disabilities and supporting members to achieve varying levels of independence.  

Bids may be placed in absentee. Please see form in auction catalogue.  Hard copies of the auction catalogue are available at BCA Gallery. Worldwide postage available.

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