Mark Lang (ML)

9th September 2023

Talented Māori carver Mark Lang (Ngapuhi, Ngati Horahia), is celebrating a milestone in his journey from prison inmate to recognised artist, with the opening of his gallery and Studio, Tika Pono Toi, supported by The Generator whānau and Kaipara community. This latest milestone reflects the carver’s ambitions to use the power of carving and indigenous artforms to transform lives and change futures.

The art of carving was Mark’s pathway back to wellbeing and mana. He learnt his craft while in Hawkes Bay prison under the Hokai Rangi programme. While in prison he carved several significant taonga including a carving now located in Corrections Head Office in Wellington, Tipuna Pou for Ngati Pahauwera, and taonga for 2021-2022 Te Putanga Toi Arts Access Awards. This exhibition displays some of his commissioned pieces and some items for auction.

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