2005 – Maori Art Meets America, San Francisco
While not billed as a MAORI ART MARKet, “Maori Art Meets America” and the “Eternal Thread” exhibition were an integral part of the establishing of MAORI ART MARKet. Held in San Francisco in 2005, the exhibition was hugely successful. 'Toi Maori, The Eternal Thread' exhibition of traditional and contemporary weaving toured to the USA (2004-2006); and the highly significant 'Kiwa - Pacific Connections' (2003) and 'Manawa - Pacific Heartbeat' (2006) exhibitions were held at the Spirit Wrestler Gallery in Vancouver, Canada.
That exhibition has since become history with the sailing of a Maori war canoe under the Golden Gate Bridge and the dawn ceremony launch of Maori art at the Yerba Buena Arts Centre in San Francisco. Americans asked where they could purchase the art in New Zealand and that gave rise to MAORI MARKet at the ASB Arena in Wellington City in 2007.
2007 – TSB Arena, Wellington City
2007 was essentially the first MAORI ART MARKet in New Zealand. Held in the heart of Wellington City, it showcased and celebrated Maori art and culture, achievement, enterprise and creativity.
The work of 50 contemporary Maori artists working nationally and internationally was on display, showcasing outstanding works from a group of specially invited artists will be on display and allowing the general public to purchase art work.
Many of the artists participated in the ‘Maori Art Meets America' event in San Francisco, California in 2005; 'Toi Maori, The Eternal Thread' exhibition of traditional and contemporary weaving that toured to the USA (2004-2006); and the highly significant 'Kiwa - Pacific Connections' (2003) and 'Manawa - Pacific Heartbeat' (2006) exhibitions held at the Spirit Wrestler Gallery in Vancouver, Canada.
The event included:
+ Sale of Maori art and crafts
+ Showcases by dealer galleries, Maori art schools, Maori artists' collectives and individual artists
+ Artists at work, featuring ta moko, ceramics, carving and weaving demonstrations
+ Seminars featuring guest speakers
+ Performances by musicians and storytellers
+ Maori businesses from the food, wine and knowledge industries.
2009 – Te Rauparaha Arena, Porirua City, Wellington.
MAORI ART MARKet 2009 was held at Pataka Museum of arts and cultures and the Te Rauparaha Arena, both in Porirua City, Wellington. It was the biggest of the shows and the largest exhibtion of contemporary Maori art ever exhibited.
It was a gathering of a hand picked group of 200 leading, mid career and emerging contemporary artists showing their work for sale over the three-day period from the 9 to 11 October 2009. Each day saw debates, demonstrations of art, and an exciting environment for creative people to absorb the creative energy of the artists.
Complimenting the work of the 200 contemporary Maori artists were invited leading Native American and Canadian First Nations artists, as well as leading Pacific Island and New Zealand artists.
The market also included extras as seen at TSB in 2007.
2011- Te Rauparaha Arena, Porirua City, Wellington
This year the Market was from the 6th - 9th of October.
MAORI ART MARKet 2011 brought together over 200 Maori visual artists.
Also art of international guests from Japan, Canada, Australia, United States and the Pacific could be viewed and purchased.
In addition to the art works for sale, there was an extensive public programme that features fashion, cooking, music and other things to keep the audience entertained.