Elam graduate inspired to learn Māori language

By Numia Ponika-Rangi

Heidi Brickell hails from Ngāti Kahungunu and grew up in West Auckland. While growing up she had little to do with te reo Māori and it wasn’t until recently she decided to learn te reo. 

She attended Te Wānanga Takiura o nga Kura Kaupapa Māori o Tāmaki Makaurau where she focussed on learning the Māori language at a high standard.

Heidi graduated from Elam School of Fine Arts 5 years ago and has exhibited locally and nationally in various group exhibitions in public galleries, project spaces and artist-run initiatives including a solo exhibition that took place in Artspace's mezzanine.

In 2010 Heidi was a joint winner of the Henrietta and Lola-Anne Tunbridge Watercolour Award and in the same year her work was featured at the New Dowse, Lower Hutt as the Wallace Trust Feature Artwork.

Heidi’s latest exhibition which opened on the 5th of February at the Melanie Roger Gallery in Herne Bay consists of seven works and is part of a group exhibit alongside other up and coming artists Peter Gouge and Emma Fitts.

Watch this story by Numia Ponika-Rangi today on Te Kāea at 5:30pm on Māori Television.