Te Rongo Kirkwood

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Te Rongo Kirkwood
Auckland, New Zealand
NationalityNew Zealand
Known forfused glass
Pohutukawa by Kirkwood

Te Rongo Kirkwood (born 1973)[1] is an artist of Māori (Waikato, Taranaki (iwi), Te Wai-o-Hua, Te Kawerau, Ngāi Tai ki Tamaki)[2] and Scots heritage, from Auckland, New Zealand. She is known for her glass art, particularly in fused and slumped glass.[3]


Kirkwood credits her initial interest in glass art to meeting renowned glass artist Danny Lane in the United Kingdom. When she returned to New Zealand, her interest grew, but with two young children, she was not able to attend a formal multi-year course in glass art at a university. She purchased a glass kiln and began to learn independently.[3]

Kirkwood's works have won recognition in a range of competitions and exhibitions. Her work was selected for inclusion in the Bombay Sapphire Blue Room exhibition in 2007, and for a Matariki-themed exhibition organised by Manukau City Council in 2009.[3][4][5] In 2009 she won the Auckland Royal Easter Show art awards in the glass art category with her 'Puawai' piece.[6] In 2014 and 2012, she was selected as a finalist in the Australian Ranamok Glass Prize[7][8]

She has also contributed to the Project Twin Streams project in Waitakere by producing a major artwork near the pathway at Millbrook Esplanade.[9] Her glass sculpture 'Te Aho Maumahara – Sacred Strand of Memories' hangs in the community area of the Devonport Library.[10]

In 2014, her work was exhibited in the group show Te Hau A Uru: A Message from the West at Te Uru Waitakere Contemporary Gallery alongside artists Rebecca Baumann, Philip Dadson, Brett Graham, Lisa Reihana and Tanya Ruka.[11] Between June 2015 and February 2016, Kirkwood's Ka Awatea series, previously displayed at Pataka Art + Museum in 2012, was exhibited at the De Young Fine Arts Museum in San Francisco. In June 2016, Kōrero Mai, Kōrero Atu, featuring the work of Kirkwood and jeweller Areta Wilkinson opened at the Auckland War Memorial Museum.[12]





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  4. ^ "NZ Artists Selected for Blue Room Exhibition". Press release: Blue Room. 28 September 2007. Retrieved 9 May 2011.
  5. ^ "I te Marama – Into the Light". Press release: Manukau City Council. 30 May 2008. Retrieved 9 May 2011.
  6. ^ "Royal Easter Show Art Awards Winners". Press release: Royal Easter Show. 9 April 2009. Retrieved 9 May 2011.
  7. ^ "Ranamok Glass Prize Finalist Catalogue : Ranamok Glass Prize 2014, Page 1". ranamok2013.rvrapid.com. Retrieved 25 July 2016.
  8. ^ "Ranamok Glass Prize Finalist Catalogue : Ranamok Glass Prize 2012, Page 1". ranamok2013.rvrapid.com. Retrieved 25 July 2016.
  9. ^ "Walk/cycleways complete" (PDF). Streamtalk, April 2010. Waitakere City Council. April 2010. Retrieved 31 January 2012.
  10. ^ "Devonport Library (Te Pataka Korero o Te Hau Kapua), New Zealand". Public Libraries News. Retrieved 5 September 2018.
  11. ^ "Te Hau a Uru: A Message from the West – Te Uru". teuru.org.nz. Retrieved 25 July 2016.
  12. ^ a b "Kōrero Mai, Kōrero Atu – Artists Areta Wilkinson and Te Rongo Kirkwood at Auckland Museum". Auckland War Memorial Museum. 2016. Archived from the original on 16 June 2016. Retrieved 15 July 2016.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: bot: original URL status unknown (link)
  13. ^ "Te Rongo Kirkwood Nga Kakahu Karaihe | Milford Galleries Dunedin". www.milfordgalleries.co.nz. Retrieved 14 July 2016.
  14. ^ "Te Rongo Exhibitions". terongo.com. Retrieved 14 July 2016.
  15. ^ "we are loving : te rongo Kirkwood". untouchedworld.com. Retrieved 14 July 2016.
  16. ^ "Te Rongo Kirkwood: As Above, So Below". Milford Galleries, Dunedin. Retrieved 5 September 2018.
  17. ^ "TE HAU A URU: A MESSAGE FROM THE WEST". Te Uru. Te Uru Waitakere Contemporary Gallery. Retrieved 15 July 2016.