Tanya Te Miringa Te Rorarangi Ruka

Currently based in Wellington. Tanya Te Miringa Te Rorarangi Ruka is a Māori artist of Ngā Puhi, Ngati Pakau and Waitaha descent. The key elements of her research practice are the development of biophilic and regenerative design. This research practice reflects the inherent need for humans to have connection with nature, especially in urban environments. As a regenerative practitioner she explores this innate relationship to nature, and as a Māori artist she relates to this through Māori cosmology and mythologies.

Ruka weaves with ancient Māori concepts and practices of kaitiakitanga, tiikanga and wairuatanga to flow-through, enhance and complement new ideas in design, science and technology. Regenerative practice is based in whole-systems theory. Ruka uses film, photography, paint, drawing materials, object, sound and light systems to design her installations. Ruka’s work is held in public and private collections nationally and internationally. Her video installations have shown at various art and film festivals around the world including opening the 5th International Indigenous Film Festival in Kathmandu Nepal.

Selected Exhibitions


2016
I want to be where I am, The Engine Room, Wellington
Matariki Festival – Mangere Arts Centre – Ngā Tohu o Uenuku

2015
Polynesian Triangle Films – Screening Spectacle Brooklyn, New York Millennium Film Journal No.61 – Screening in New York

Since 1984: He aha te ahurea-rua? group show St Paul St Gallery

2014
Te Hau a Uru, group show @ Te Uru Waitakere Contemporary Gallery
Exhibition 2 group show artbase.org

Te Toi Hau group exhibition at North Art Gallery
Solo Exhibition Wallace Arts Trust Centre AV room

2013
WHIRIWHIRI-A-ROPU, Corbans Estate Art Centre

2012
AUT Art & Design Visual Arts Graduating Exhibition, St Paul St
10th Anniversary Festival Corbans Estate Art Centre

MSVA moving image graduates show Enjoy Gallery Wellington
Matariki exhibition with Lisa Reihana Papakura Art Gallery
Assemble Assembly group show St Paul St Gallery
Art to aid the Cuban 5 – Satellite Gallery
Hokianga Art Gallery Waitangi Exhibition

2011

Tawhiri 3, RM Gallery (Nov/Dec)
Pelago, AV room The Pah Homestead Wallace Arts Trust

Wood for the trees, International Year of the Forest group show Lopdell House Gallery

Wairoa Maori Film Festival, showcase

Invited to attend the Nepal 5th International Indigenous Film Festival, showcase Kathmandu, Nepal
Auckland Art Festival White Night, Wallace Arts Trust Centre