Passion and proportion II: improvisation with a dash of repetition

18 Jan – 24 Feb 2019

The exhibitors in Passion and proportion II: improvisation with a dash of repetition are contemporary quilters from New Zealand and Australia. Their common link is their attendance at classes taught in New Zealand by well-known American quilting artist Nancy Crow. This is their second exhibition; the first – Passion and proportion I – was held during the last quilting biennial symposium in Christchurch 2017.

Current Exhibitions

Kāpiti Camera Club: 50 Years of Photography


1 Feb – 10 Mar 2019


The Kāpiti Camera Club (based in Porirua) will celebrate its 50th birthday on 24 February 2019. To mark its 50 year history, the club is holding an exhibition at Bottle Creek Gallery from 1 February to 10 March. On display will be a range of work from present and past members. The walls will be adorned with almost 70 images reflecting the many interests, topics and passions of these enthusiastic, amateur photographers. Three tv monitors will play during each day, one showing members’ digital images, another highlights of the club’s history, and the third a series of short videos from video special interest group members. Items of historical interest such as old cameras and other photographic artefacts will also be on display.

There will also be two early evening workshops/field trips in February that are free and open to the public. For details check the Home page of the Kāpiti Camera Club website:
The Kāpiti Camera Club (based in Porirua) will celebrate its 50th birthday on 24 February 2019. To mark its 50 year history, the club is holding an exhibition at Bottle Creek Gallery from 1 February to 10 March. On display will be a range of work from present and past members. The walls will be adorned with almost 70 images reflecting the many interests, topics and passions of these enthusiastic, amateur photographers. Three tv monitors will play during each day, one showing members’ digital images, another highlights of the club’s history, and the third a series of short videos from video special interest group members. Items of historical interest such as old cameras and other photographic artefacts will also be on display.

There will also be two early evening workshops/field trips in February that are free and open to the public. For details check the Home page of the Kāpiti Camera Club website: http://www.kapiticameraclub.co.nz/Home

Current Exhibitions

Whiti Te Rā – The Story of Ngāti Toa Rangatira

Until mid 2022


From May 2018 Pātaka Art + Museum is proud to bring Whiti Te Rā! – the Story of Ngāti Toa Rangatira back to Porirua after its showing at Te Papa.

Featuring unique taonga, the exhibition explores the successes, dramatic setbacks, and extraordinary resurgence of Ngāti Toa Rangatira, starting from Te Heke Mai Raro (the Southern Migration) 200 years ago when Te Rauparaha lead the iwi to the Wellington region.

The exhibition follows the progress of the iwi through their economic rise of the 1820s and 30s, and the bitter conflicts with the colonial government of the 1840s and 50s.

Current Exhibitions

Our Harbour – Te Awarua-o-Porirua
Children’s Interactive Gallery Space>


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

Shannon Novak: Nexus

From 22 January 2018


From 22 January 2018, the full height windows of Pātaka’s atrium will become a multi-coloured lantern of interconnected geometric forms. Created by award-winning New Zealand artist Shannon Novak, this specially-designed installation will flood the atrium with tessellating patterns of colour.

Key elements from Pātaka’s window installation will also be echoed at other sites scattered throughout the city later in the year, including a dynamic makeover of the outside of Cannon’s Creek library.

Current Exhibitions