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.

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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.


Toi Object Space is Pātaka’s commercial gallery specifically designated to showcase exceptional small art objects made of glass, precious and semi-precious metal and stones, ceramic, bone or wood. Toi Object Space has approximately 20 lockable glazed and back-lit display cabinets (45cm x 45cm x 45cm) and a flexible amount of open shelving and plinths.

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Opened in September 2012, Pātaka’s Tuatara Gallery is an interactive, creative space for children and their families to relax, explore, play and learn, surrounded by art from our collection and purpose-built installations and activities.

Pātaka is currently re-doing this gallery space (due to open in late October 2016) which will have a focus on local history and be a place for young and old to learn about Porirua, it’s people and how it came to be.



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