PĀTAKA FRIENDS ART AWARDS 2017

25 August – 25 September 2017

The Pātaka Friends Art Awards is an annual exhibition that is made up of entries from artists working or studying in Porirua and produced in the 12 months leading up to the exhibition. Artists working in the areas of photography, ceramics, painting and sculpture have featured strongly in previous years, but all manner of media can be used.

Current Exhibitions

Linda Gilbert : EyeSpace

1 Sep – 8 Oct 2017


Linda Gilbert enlists the most appropriate medium to express her artistic ideas. For ‘EyeSpace’ Linda researched optometry, the cosmos and submerged herself in documentaries about outer space. Then she drew pencil and digital sketches, took photographs and manipulated them digitally, before finally making the paintings.

Current Exhibitions

Sharon Painter-Arps – Unwearable Art

1 Sep – 8 Oct 2017

Unwearable Art is a personal commentary on the extremes women put themselves through to be attractive and socially acceptable. Sharon’s earlier work which focused on cross culture and social identity gives background to her later work with addresses the current fashion for high heels which has the wearer teetering on the tips of their toes, the wearing of fake finger nails and false eyelashes. These items fashioned in stone take on a whole new meaning and speak of the discomfort and difficulty in wearing.

Current Exhibitions

Recollections + Wayne Youle

Until 14 Aug 2017/22 Jan 2018

We’re improving our storage rooms for our museum collection, so we’re storing it all in two of our galleries from June to August. While we do that, visitors have a unique chance to see some of the interesting things we have. As part of Pātaka’s collection store upgrade project, we’ve asked Titahi Bay-born artist Wayne Youle to create an installation that responds to our collection and highlights some of the objects he believes are significant to museum collecting and the history of Porirua.

Current Exhibitions

DARK HORIZONS – Abdul Abdullah, Abdul-Rahman Abdullah, Khaled Sabsabi

27 Aug 2017 – 22 Jan 2018

Dark Horizons is a suite of three interconnected solo exhibitions by Abdul Abdullah, Abdul-Rahman Abdullah and Khaled Sabsabi. Each of these artists presents an individual contemplation on migration and multiculturalism explored through sculpture, film, photography and painting. Through a process of personal introspection, the artists shed light on our own complicity in contributing to the economic, environmental and social conditions afflicting our international neighbours.

Current Exhibitions