Te Papa's new art gallery, Toi Art, is a new home for NZ, Māori and Pacific art and is set to be opened by Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern tonight. 

Senior art curator Sarah Farrah is excited about the new gallery. 

"We are really thrilled to be opening Toi Art this weekend. We feel that it has a fantastic range of exhibitions that are really about our place in Aotearoa and our place in the Pacific." 

Te Papa's kaitiaki mātauranga, Matariki Williams, says the collection of art on display at Toi Art will include a mix of pieces by living and deceased artists, including national heroes such as Robyn Kahukiwa, Gordon Walters, and Ralph Hotere. 

"Tokomaha ngā kaitoi i roto i Toi Art. Ētahi kei te ora tonu, kei te mahi tonu. Ētahi atu kua mate engari kei te mau tonu ō rātou mana me ō rātou mauri i roto i ā rātou mahi." 

In addition, Williams says the gallery is a celebration of Māori and Pacific artwork. 

"Kei roto i aua whakaaturanga a Pacific Sisters, a Michael Parekowhai hoki. Engari ko te mea pai, kei roto i ngā rūma katoa ngā kaitoi Māori." 

Williams hopes that the gallery will inspire the next generation of artists and that they will feel at home in the gallery. 

"Ko te mea nui ki a au ki roto i Toi Art mā ngā tamariki ka kitea rātou i ngā ara maha i mua i a rātou. Kei konei ō rātou tipuna, ō rātou iwi." 

You can find the new gallery on levels 4 and 5 in Te Papa and there is no entry fee to the gallery.

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