Two major Turnbull Library exhibitions were given the green light this week, thanks to the Alexander Turnbull Library Endowment Trust (ATLET) and the Te Puna Foundation (TPF), which confirmed generous joint funding. John Meads, Chair of ATLET, and Bill Macnaught, Chair of TPF, spoke at a small ceremony to bless the work of the exhibition team members and a new collaborative planning space at the National Library in Wellington. The blessing was given by Watene Kaihau, and was followed by an overview from exhibition curators, Paul Diamond and Peter Ireland.
The exhibitions in the National Library Gallery will celebrate the ATL100 centenary. The first will open in September this year. Pūkana! (a working title) will take a dynamic look at the interplay between Māori and Western performing arts traditions. The second exhibition, due to open in June 2020, will highlight the Turnbull Library as a collection-house of other libraries, objects and talismans, all with personal, cultural and historical meanings – and the ways it has been shaped by their creators and donors.