Te Uru Waitakere Contemporary Gallery

Te Uru Waitakere Contemporary Gallery

A destination gallery that operates from an award-winning, purpose-built building in the Lopdell Precinct.

Te Uru Waitakere Contemporary Gallery presents a diverse program of contemporary exhibitions, events and activities to reflect the full diversity of cultural identities, interests and potential of the community.




Opening Hours

Monday - Closed

Tuesday-Sunday - 10am-4.30pm

Closed Good Friday, Anzac Day morning & Christmas Day

Entry is free

The Thrum of the Tide - Te Uru Gallery - Titirangi

The Thrum of the Tide

The thrum of the tide by Jenny Gillam and Eugene Hansen (Maniapoto) is about the early 20th century story of Te Ana Ru, a sea cave known as ‘the ballroom cave’. It has been said that early settlers held Saturday night dances in the cave until the 1920s on a re-purposed kauri floor installed by local timber mill workers. It would be hoisted to the ceiling of the cave to protect it from high tides. The dances are a well-known folklore in Huia and Whatipū and it is thought the floor might still be in the cave, buried deep under sand.

A re-creation of the moveable floor will be presented in the gallery, accompanied by a soundscape of subterranean seismic vibrations and taonga pūoro by Riki Bennett (Ngāti Pikiao, Ngāti Whakaue, Te Arawa, Ngāti Porou) captured in Te Ana Ru during the artists’ tenure on the Auckland Regional Parks Artist Residency in 2019.

The exhibition is accompanied by a risograph publication – available to view in the exhibition with limited copies to purchase from our shop.

20 February - 6 June

Image: Jenny Gillam