Faith McManus




NorthTec, New Zealand


Faith McManus was born in 1963, Wellington, New Zealand. Faith is of Maori (Ngapuhi, Ngai Takoto), Irish, English and Dalmatian descent. She was raised by her maternal grandparents in the Far North.
Her drawing, painting, printmaking and installations are grounded in contemporary life but reflect upon the interconnectedness of whakapapa, memories and narrative.

Faith has a DFA (Hons) from Otago Polytechnic, a MFA from RMIT Melbourne and is a lecturer at NorthTec, Whangarei. She has exhibited in New Zealand and Australia at dealer and public galleries. Her work is in both public and private collections. Selected exhibitions in 2010 include: Solander Gallery, Wellington, New Zealand; Tweed River Art Gallery, NSW, Australia; 'NZ Print Show', Washington State County Museum, USA. Faith recently participated in a Cross-cultural indigenous artists project: 'Creating on Country at Thornhill, Queensland, Australia. Faith is represented in New Zealand by Solander Gallery. She is currently working on a project based on the 'Riders of the Red Manuka', a movie thought to have been made in 1926 in the Far North of New Zealand.

Paper title

Cowboys of the Red Manuka


'Papa was one of the Cowboys of the Red Manuka.'
I was intrigued by this phrase and I became fascinated by the idea of Maori Cowboys.
Add to this, anecdotes of an early western film being made in the remote Far North of New Zealand in 1926 and you have the beginnings of an adventure.
My work has taken much inspiration from early hybrid art forms. A cowboy movie made on the Aupouri peninsula, starring Maori cowboys provides a narrative specific to my tribal area and enables me to deal with a multiplicity of themes. Archival material has provided the basis of my current woodcut prints that deal with ideas of cultural diffusion, cultural memory and personal narrative.
This paper reflects upon my search. Was there really such a movie?


Friday 30 September


1:30pm - 3.00pm






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