Exhibition: Names held in our mouths 
View an exhibition called Names held in our mouths, which explores Māori and Pacifica art and craft collectives. These artworks contain a visual dialogue about the importance of customary craft knowledge, especially that which is on the cusp of being lost, with traditional and contemporary perspectives. 

Matariki Recollections 
In the spirit of careful looking and learning, we’ll investigate manu tukutuku kites considering their history and methods of construction. From these observations, we’ll create mini kites, which will become individualised through decorative surfaces. Then we’ll sculpt a small clay bird’s head using airdrying clay to place at the top. They will be completed with the addition of a woven harakeke kite tail. (Yrs. 4–8, culture, identity, te reo Māori, social history and visual art strands DI, CI, PK, UC). 

Tuia Encounters: Miniature Sail 
This year we commemorate Tuia - Encounters 250, recognising 1000 years of Pacifica voyaging using celestial navigation and early encounters between Māori and crew of the Endeavour including the highly skilled navigator Tupaia and Capt. James Cook. We will visit exhibitions and discuss early navigation systems and craft in New Zealand and the Pacific then we’ll think about colour, scale, symbols and composition. Students will use coloured ink wash to fill hand drawn, bold sharpie patterns on a miniature fabric sail. The decorative surface will contain stylised symbols relating to early navigation techniques and first encounters in Aotearoa. (Yrs. 1–8, Pacifica culture, identity, social history and visual art strands DI, CI, PK, UC). 

Te Uru and McCahon House Museum tandem visits
Students have the opportunity to view contemporary art at Te Uru followed by a tour of McCahon House in French Bay. With the cottage only a five-minute drive from the gallery, why not visit both at once?

Early childhood
We now provide gallery visits and workshops tailored to meet the needs of the preschool years. Take a tour of an appropriate exhibition followed by a hands-on workshop in our Learning Centre.

1 hour visit $3/student

Workshop Rates

Our standard rate for a two hour workshop is $6/student or a concession rate of $5/student for multiple bookings. All materials are supplied.  

Workshop Times

Mornings 9.30–11.30am, afternoons 12.30 – 2.30pm
Extension classes welcome, contact us for further details.


Bookings and further information
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