Pushing at the boundaries of contemporary Māori art, sound artist Maree Sheehan explores a new form of portraiture in this immersive installation, a world first.

Using only sonic elements as her palette, each portrait captures the wairua and mauri of three mana wāhine Māori – Moana Maniapoto, Te Rita Papesch and Ramon Te Wake.

This immersive installation is a world first. Elevating your aural senses, you are invited to put on a pair of headphones and be submerged into an ethereal plane where kōrero, waiata, the marae, whanau, and whenua converge to create a captivating 360° experience.

Ōtairongo continues until Sat 16 May

Additional Events

Te Oro o Te Wāhine Māori

Ōtairongo comes to life in this free evening of performance and storytelling with the portraiture subjects themselves – Moana Maniapoto, Ramon Te Wake and Te Rita Papesch – along with the artist, Maree Sheehan.
Artspace Aotearoa
Thu 19 Mar 7.00pm

Experience Ōtairongo in a new light with this special, one-off dining experience. Join chefs Karena and Kasey Bird as they serve up their interpretation of and response to Ōtairongo in this four-course meal with matched wines.
Artspace Aotearoa
Thu 26 Mar 7.00pm
Limited spaces available
Tickets on sale in December

The Unseen
Chaired by Nigel Borell, join pioneering artists Lisa Reihana and Maree Sheehan as they discuss the vital role that sound plays in their practice and the unique and politically radical considerations that underpin their work.
Artspace Aotearoa
Sat 18 Apr 10.00am

Demonstration: Binaural and Immersive Sound Experiences
Presented in collaboration with Protel and Sennheiser, this workshop invites creative practitioners to witness the latest technology in binaural and immersive soundscapes – and to explore sonic experience creation as a potential avenue for future projects. Hosted in the state-of-the-art Dolby Atmos theatre at Department of Post.
Department of Post
Thu 30 Apr 6.30pm


Artist Maree Sheehan