The name Toi Maruata is a symbolic play on words and tikanga Māori concepts directly relevant to the rich genre of indigenous art forms. Toi Maruata evokes strong images of awe inspiring power, reflection(s) and auspices of a new dawn. This metaphor suggests renewal, creative energy both in physical and metaphysical manifestations, which include both traditional and contemporary art forms.
Toi Maruata is likened to a new dawn allowing an artist to (re)create, to reflect, to renew in pursuit of excellence in a specific art form.
This programme provides an entry point into the toi pathway which is wholisitic and acheivable. It has been designed for beginners, and those who are returning to study, but can easily accomodate any level of previous toi knowledge for those wanting to get back to their arts practice.
Toi Maruata gives you the opportunity to explore your own whakapapa, learn about toi Māori and tikanga Māori, and engage in your creative learning in a friendly and supportive environment. We pride ourselves on the manaakitanga we bring to our programme deliveries, and the way in which our tauira are guided to acheive the learning they engage in.
Kaiako who teach this programme bring their wealth of knowledge in programme specific areas alongside their own passion for their specific Toi discipline, and a friendly helpful approach to learning.
Toi Maruata is a fee free 18 week programme taught at night and in the weekend.