Whakamiharo Lindauer Online – ka rawe!

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The Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tamaki is inviting whanau to preview Whakamiharo Lindauer Online before the launch at AwatahaMaraeon JULY 2, 2010.

This stunning community website features over 60 portraits of Maori as painted by celebrated artist Gottfried Lindauer, new research on the people portrayed, a fully digitised and translated Visitors Book with comments from as early as 1901, over 70 letters, video interviews and much more.

Research librarian Catherine Hammond hatched the idea in 2006, along with indigenous curator Ngahiraka Mason, reasearh librarian Caroline McBride, online communications coordinator Sarah Eades, gallery photographer John McIver and the then senior registrar, David Reeves.

Iwi consultant Mere Lodge was also heavily involved, undertaking the huge task of ensuring that iwi permissions were sought from the descendants of the portrait sitters, to include their images on this website.

Whakamiharo Lindauer Online is not simply a website with portraits and a digital version of the Visitors Book. The team have created a website that explores the significant history behind the portraits of Gottfried Lindauer and thanks to Te Taura Whiri I te Reo Maori / The Maori Language Commission, over 300 pages of the Maori Visitors Book, predominantly in te reo, has been translated in to modern te reo and English. The site also encourages visitors to leave their mark by signing a new online visitors book, by leaving a comment anywhere on the website or by joining in a discussion in one of the community forums. Those with more information relating to the people in the portraits are invited to contribute photos and stories to enhance the information available.

Although the main group of portraits belong to the Partridge Collection, which was gifted to the Gallery in 1915, other public institutions were also invited to be involved and contribute their portraits to the site. Currently the website also includes portraits from the Sarjeant Gallery (Wanganui), Christchurch Art Gallery, The Suter Art Gallery (Nelson) and the National Library of Australia.

There are videos of descendants speaking about their ancestors; a te reo glossary; maps showing where the sitters are from; information about Lindauer; essays and the full story about how this outstanding site came about. The websites design is thanks to the team at Terabyte Interactive Ltd.

The Lindauer Online project teams hope is that people will contribute their stories, comments and feedback. Our primary aim has been to provide a site for the community and we hope that we have achieved this.

For more information and interview requests, pleasecontact:

Kate Orgias
Communications Coordinator
Auckland Art Gallery Toi o T?maki
Phone DDI +64 9 307 7706
Mobile 027 291 9953
www.aucklandartgallery.com
PO Box 5449 Wellesley Street Auckland 1141

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