CLIVE KELLY – Approaching the Narrows

13 Oct – 26 Nov 2017

Clive Kelly’s recent series of paintings demonstrate his long held fascination with contrasts of surface and depth, stillness and movement and the joint themes of containment and protection. These works explore the spiritual beauty and turbulent history of the confiscated lands of Te Urewera, the turangawaewae of the Tῡhoe people, an area crisscrossed by the tracks of missionaries, troops and European settlers for the last 200 years. The Narrows is a geographical feature on Lake Waikaremoana.

Current Exhibitions

The Guild of Woodworkers, Wellington, Inc – Turning Plus

3 Nov – 3 Dec 2017


The Guild of Woodworkers, Wellington, Inc. are mounting their biannual exhibition of Guild members work. This exhibition will feature a wide range of art by wood turners, carvers, furniture makers and musical instrument makers. Several of the artists are New Zealand experts in their field, including winners of several national competitions.

The Guild will also be hosting a hand-on Festival of Woodskills on the 11th to 12th of November. This exciting festival will have a range of activities for families including a spinning top and marshmallow catapulting completion. See our Facebook events page for more details.

Current Exhibitions

Hats by Liza Foreman

13 Oct – 26 Nov 2017


Wellington milliner Liza Foreman would like women to rediscover the pleasure of donning a hat.

These days hats are objects that serve to beautify and embellish, making one feel good, whether you’re the observer of the spectacle or the wearer. What was once a social necessity is now an object of art and body adornment that makes a statement, gets attention and speaks of fun.

Liza has used various traditional millinery techniques with feathers, silks, lace and vintage flowers to create a range of hats, fascinators, corsages and brooches. She focuses on vintage chic, cool elegance and wearability. Her use of summer colours complements the racing and wedding season with oranges, yellows and soft pinks.

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