Download entry form here: 2014 entry form Arts Award.
Thank you for helping us to make 2013 such a success. We wish you all a happy, safe and creative festive season.
is open over most of the Christmas break, except for the following days when we are closed:
Christmas Day – 25 December – closed
Boxing Day – 26 December – closed
New Years Day – 1 January – closed
New Years Statutory Holiday – 2 January – closed
We are open all other days with our usual opening hours: Monday – Saturday 10am – 4.30pm, Sunday 11am – 4.30pm
is closed for the holidays from 24 December 2013, re-opening on Monday 6 January 2014.
Hundreds of visitors braved the wintry storm to attend a plethora of events including artists’ demonstrations, a forum, floortalks and poetry recitals, and also a big launch of all six new exhibitions.
Pataka was delighted to host so many of the exhibiting artists including all the Uku Rere artists – Baye Riddell, Wi Taepa, Manos Nathan, Colleen Waata Urlich and Paerau Corneal and also Joseph Michael, John Pule and Rob McLeod.
We were also grateful to our guest speakers including Ngati Toa Kaumatua, Taku Parai, Porirua’s own Mayor, Nick Leggett, Head of Te Puni Kokiri, Michelle Hippolite and Mike Hutchison – CEO of New Image.
We would like to thank everyone who came for their support in turning up on such a rainy day and for making it such a rich and vibrant opening celebration.
The new exhibitions are: Uku Rere - Dark Cloud/White Light - Titokowaru’s Dilemma - Impostors, Angels and Aliens - Refugee - Sadness Spirit
Pataka enjoyed hosting the Melanesian community on Saturday 27 April with a cultural celebration of this unique and vibrant part of the Pacific.
We enjoyed tasting Melanesian kai, sipping kava from Vanuatu, tring to speak Pidjin languages and seeing the many stunning performances including the Asaro Mudmen from Papua New Guinea. What a great day!
Ancey Wamiri from Papua New Guinea said:
“You have really allowed us, Melanesia to share our culture and ourselves with New Zealand, an opportunity that has been the first of its kind I believe. Thank you so much, and I for one, look forward to more events/celebrations like this!”
Thanks to the Melanesian communities for making this a very special and memorable day that was enjoyed by many Pataka visitors.
A big thanks to Niki Hastings-McFall for her beautiful lei installation in Pataka’s spine (completed on Waitangi Day), which is being enjoyed by the public and Pataka staff alike. Niki was the first artist selected for the ‘Friends of Pataka 2013 Artist Residency,’ which coincided with the opening of her exhibition In flyte, on until 16 June 2013. It gave Niki the chance to complete a new work within the gallery and interact with the public, while constructing her lei installation for Pataka’s spine area.