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Rona Ngahuia Osborne

A fine arts graduate from the Elam School of Fine Arts, Rona exhibits regularly in both group and solo shows. Her work primarily references cultural and historical themes in Aotearoa, combining strong Māori imagery with colonial symbols and spans a range of mediums, including costume, paint, photography and audio-visual installation. Rona is also well known for her textile work under the moniker Native Agent and incorporates strong costuming and art direction into her work.

Rona collaborates with her long-time partner Dan Mace to create immersive AV installations bringing together costume, art direction, sound design and digital processing. In 2016 Rona and Dan were invited to exhibit their work Wairua at the imagineNATIVE film+media arts festival in Toronto, Canada.

In the performance realm, Rona has designed and made the costumes and makeup for the Kirk Torrence’s Flintlock Musket directed by Rachel House, and more recently has collaborated with choreographer and dancer, Louise Potiki Bryant as Costume and Textile Designer on Ngaro (TEMPO Dance Festival) and Onepu (Atamira Dance Company).

2019 marked Rona’s first collaboration with NZDC as Set and Costume designer for Sean MacDonald’s Matariki for Tamariki.

(Photo by John McDermott; taken from Matariki for Tamariki)