PĀTAKA Galleries

Divided into four different galleries. Spaces range from the smallest of 60 sq metres to the largest of 300 sq metres. The exhibitions in these spaces are mainly curated in-house by the Contemporary Arts Curator and the Social History Curator. They are also used for both national and international touring exhibitions. Programmes are usually scheduled between one to two years in advance.




The Toi Gallery is Pātaka’s commercial gallery and exhibits work from from local, national and international artists. Works displayed in this gallery are for sale. The gallery has 30 linear metres and 45 metres squared in floor space. Bookings are usually between six and nine months in advance. Exhibitions run for a period of four weeks.


The Bottle Creek Gallery is Pātaka’s community gallery. It has no rental fee for local artists and groups. Works can be for sale, with a 35% commission taken on all sales. Shows last for three to four or five weeks (including set up) and the focus is on Porirua-based artists and groups. The gallery has 38 linear metres and 132 metres squared in floor area. Bookings are usually between nine and twelve months in advance.


Our Harbour – Te Awarua-o-Porirua
Children’s Interactive Gallery, P

Using colourful wall murals and objects from Pātaka’s history collection plus lots of interactive games, this gallery space 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.


Illustrations by Mat Tait.

Pātaka’s atrium is a light-filled space that acts not only as a meeting point and thoroughfare, but also serves as a performance space and area for installations.


Unless otherwise stated all gallery photography is by Mark Tantrum or Pātaka staff.


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