Peter Augustin: Couleur vivante (Living Colour)

1 Dec 2017 – 21 Jan 2018

Peter Augustin is a figurative painter working with oil, acrylic, watercolour and mixed media in a lyrical abstract style. His paintings reflect the passion and excitement he feels when inspired by the beauty of the human form. His post-impressionist portraits are refreshingly fluid, heavily symbolic and laden with colour and emotion.

Current Exhibitions

Hine Pae Kura

8 Dec 2017 – 21 Jan 2018

Hine Pae Kura Collective – previously known as Toi Wāhine Collective – will be exhibiting new artwork alongside six renowned Wellington-based Māori women artists. Hine Pae Kura are Keri-Mei Zagrobelna, Miriama Grace-Smith, Sophie Jolley, Xoë Hall, Sian Montgomery-Neutze and Pikihuia Haenga. Hine Pae Kura is honoured to exhibit alongside Robyn Kahukiwa, Suzanne Tamaki, Jamie Berry, Kaea Graham, Stevei Houkamau and Ladyfruit.

Current Exhibitions

Birgit Moffatt and Fiona Christeller: in-visible threads

1 Dec 2017 – 21 Jan 2018

Birgit and Fiona are interested in the invisible threads which link past to present and have investigated these to initate ideas for their art. These include memories and images which connect to place time and people. They present very different work, weaving in-visible threads into textured concrete forms and metal, plastic and fabric based jewellery. Both of them look back to their childhood to claim materials which they contextualise into contemporary work.

Current Exhibitions

Our Harbour – Te Awarua-o-Porirua
Opens 18 Nov 2017


Using colourful wall murals and objects from Pātaka’s history collection plus lots of interactive games, this new children’s gallery explores what life has been like around Te Awarua-o-Porirua Harbour for the people and creatures who have lived here. The harbour has been a unique home to all kinds of birds, fish, insects and some animals for thousands of years, and to people for hundreds of years. Young visitors and their families can explore our amazing harbour through time and get a glimpse of what life was like a long time ago and in the more recent past.

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