Tautai Trust

The name Tautai draws on the Samoan word for navigator, and the aim of Tautai is to always promote contemporary Pacific arts.

Tautai was formed in the 1980s, when Samoan artist Fatu Feu'u and a group of friends came together with the shared aim of supporting the small group of then emerging artists and promoting Pacific visual arts. Since then, Tautai has supported the growing number of Pacific artists working across a range of art forms. Artists are offered opportunities to come together through a range of activities, including mentoring, professional development, exhibition projects, workshops and social gatherings. In this way, Tautai not only helps Pacific artists to grow and succeed in their chosen contemporary art form, but also in their lives and as individuals making positive contributions to their wider communities.

Since 2001, Tautai has facilitated a series of art intensive workshops for students. Nominated secondary school students spend three days at Tautai Fresh Horizon workshops with established Pacific-heritage artist tutors thinking, talking and making art. These courses are designed to not only grow and cultivate the students’ artistic abilities, but to also build their self-belief and life skills.

Tautai is committed to encouraging Pacific students studying art at Tertiary institutions. In Auckland and Wellington, Tautai engage senior students to act as liaisons between Tautai and Pacific art students. We also run an annual Tertiary Art Road trip, which introduces students to the work of other artists in New Zealand. Tautai’s Tertiary Art Exhibition provides emerging artists the opportunity to present their work in a public forum