Exhibitions on in the Hutt Valley

Meander regularly changing exhibitions in the Hutt Valley featuring contemporary visual art, fashion, jewellery, multi-media, ceramics, shows and more

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Pine Needle Basket Making Workshop

9-11 Myrtle Street, Lower Hutt

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Learn how to make a beautiful basket using natural pine needles. Warning - this craft is addictive!
You will learn the basic coiling and stitching techniques that will allow you to complete a small basket to take home at the end of the day.

This workshop is suitable for complete beginners. It is aimed at adults but if you would like to bring a child over twelve, please email before registering. Places are limited to ten participants to ensure everyone receives the support they need. Afternoon tea will be provided - please contact Hutt Art Centre in advance if you have any special dietary requirements. Register online today.

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Fool's Gold

45 Laings Rd, Lower Hutt

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2021 marks fifty years since the founding of The Dowse Art Museum in 1971—their golden anniversary. Fool’s Gold celebrates this moment by digging for gold in the collection, exploring some of the yellow, ochre and golden artworks that have been collected and treasured over the past fifty years.

This exhibition challenges you to consider the idea of value, and the ways we assign value to the things in the collection. Cultural value, historical value, monetary value—how do we determine the worth of the things we collect, and how might that sense of value change over time? From a golden Canterbury landscape to a gleaming pot scrubber, Fool’s Gold takes an inquisitive look at the golden moments and prized possessions at the heart of The Dowse collection. 

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Buy, Borrow, Break; The Dowse Collection

45 Laings Road, Lower Hutt

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An actor, a comedian, and a doctor walk into The Dowse Collection… Does this sound like the setup to a terrible joke?

Join Chris Parker, Jo Randerson, Finn McCahon-Jones and Dr Chelsea Nichols in a game of difficult ultimatums as they choose three works from The Dowse Collection to buy, borrow, and break. The Dowse Collection is home to over 3,500 artworks. Established in the 1970s with a significant focus on studio craft, it is one of the largest collections of this type in Aotearoa. Join this highly entertaining line up as they fuse personal storytelling with a deep dive into some of the remarkable pieces in our fascinating, diverse and offbeat public art collection.

This programme is part of A Speaker Series, 50 Years of Remarkable Ideas, presented by The Dowse Foundation – where we celebrate and reflect on a jam-packed half-century of discussion, exploration and provocation at The Dowse Art Museum.

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Matariki Moon Watching

836 Fergusson Drive, Upper Hutt

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Explore the Te Papa Giant Star Dome during Matariki at Expressions Whirinaki. Experience the night sky alongside Luke Jerram’s moon artwork and learn how to spot constellations in Aotearoa's night sky.

This is a free event suitable for all ages.
Bookings are required. To book, phone (04) 527 2168.

 

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Wild Domain - The Natural History of Jane Dodd Jewellery

45 Laings Road, Lower Hutt

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Representing the first major survey of Ōtepoti Dunedin-based contemporary jeweller Jane Dodd’s expanding family of works; this exhibition delves into her examination of humankind’s impact on the natural world.

Wild Domain, covers over 30 years of Dodd’s jewellery practice and includes pieces from many of her most well known and loved exhibitions and bodies of work. It begins with her works from the mid-1990s that explored aspects of geography and landscape through projects such as Ends of the Earth, Seafaring and Wild Woods. There is Dodd’s adventure into fairytales with Straw into Gold and the quirky and slightly macabre trophy traditions of Europe with Leuchterweibchen and Bloodsports. 

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Candy Coated

45 Laings Road, Lower Hutt

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Gorge on a visual feast of the sickeningly sweet. This exhibition features a fascinating pick ‘n mix of artworks by contemporary international and Aotearoa-based artists who play with an aesthetic of sugary to explore dark and unsettling things that lurk beneath the candy-coated surface.

Artists include Rachel Maclean (Scotland), Jon Noorlander (Sweden), Alison Nguyen (USA), Patrick Smith (Puerto Rico) and Elisa Barczak (Germany/NZ) alongside Aotearoa-based artists, Laura Duffy, Sam Duckor-Jones, Emily Crooks, and Wayne Youle (Ngāpuhi, Ngāti Whakaeke, Ngati Pākehā).

Candy Coated is part of The Dowse’s 50th Anniversary programme. Since its founding in 1971, The Dowse has demonstrated a strong tradition of bringing wide-ranging international art practices to local audiences.

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Robert Rapson: Against the Tide

45 Laings Road, Lower Hutt

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Against the Tide celebrates the life and work of late ceramicist Robert Rapson (1951-2020).

Best known for his delightfully idiosyncratic sculptures and encyclopedic knowledge of boats, Rapson’s work demonstrates his joyful and quirky approach to ceramics. Mostly self-taught, Rapson came to ceramics later in life after a career in civil service—embracing art making as a way to help weather the storm clouds that passed through his life. This exhibition reflects both Rapson’s passion for ships and his position outside the artistic status quo, and also introduces audiences to his wider practice beyond his well-known boats. 

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The Most Dedicated: An Aotearoa Graffiti Story

45 Laings Road, Lower Hutt

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This immersive experience tells the story of TMD (The Most Dedicated) Crew, Aotearoa’s most renowned international street art collective. Featuring the work of over 20 of its members, visitors will be able to delve into the origins and evolution of this graffiti super group. 'The Most Dedicated: An Aotearoa Graffiti Story' is part of our 50th Anniversary programme.

It continues The Dowse Art Museum's commitment to street art and urban art culture that was initiated through projects such Respect: Hip Hop Aotearoa (2003), The New Cool (2005) and Common Ground (2009). 

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Wellington Cake Show 2021

45 Laings Road, Lower Hutt

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New Zealand's largest exhibition of decorated cakes - come and support the local talent.

From Wedding Cakes on display to flowers made from sugar that you'd hardly believe they weren't real. Perfect for any age.

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Claudia Kogachi: There’s No I in Team – Artist Talk

45 Laings Road, Lower Hutt

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Join artist Claudia Kogachi and Senior Curator Dr. Chelsea Nichols on the opening weekend of There’s No I in Team, a funny yet insightful psychological portrait of the mother-daughter relationship—warts and all.

In this delightful new series of paintings the artist and her mother are depicted as wonky blue figures playing a range of popular sports. From boogie boarding to tennis to golf, sports become a playful metaphor for exploring the challenging emotional terrain we all traverse with the humans we love. Choosing sports that are particularly popular in her mother’s birthplace of Hawai’i, Kogachi’s work speaks to the way our upbringing, culture and identity shape our family experiences. 

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Blues Night: the Flaming Mudcats

836 Fergusson Drive, Upper Hutt

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Regarded among the country’s premier blues outfits The Flaming Mudcats are fronted by Craig Bracken on vocals and harmonica along with guitarist Doug Bygrave, while bassist Johnny Yu and drummer Ian Thomson form the tight rhythm section.

They have released three albums, performed in festivals and clubs around New Zealand, Australia and the USA including the legendary Crossroads Blues Festival in Illinois. Their energetic sets blend original material and covers drawn from their eclectic influences featuring killer grooves, blazing licks and harp wizardry. Dance your socks off to butt-shaking belters, soulful grinders with everything in between…

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Captain Festus McBoyle

836 Fergusson Drive, Upper Hutt

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Join Captain Festus McBoyle and his motley crew with their cheeky humour and side-splitting songs for a family fiendishly sing along.

Complete with trusty wife Miss Lucy Drawers and strongman extraordinaire ‘The Great Ebeneza’, the Captain offers a 1st class voyage into his weird and wonderful world. Regularly compared to Monty Python, Spike Milligan and Benny Hill, this clever Vaudeville ensemble is a must-see. Flaunting Pantomime and Music hall origins, they transcend both age and culture with ease. Family entertainment at its best… musical comedy at its finest… the ultimate rotten entertainers!

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David Bowie and The Arts Of Being Different

836 Fergusson Drive, Upper Hutt

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In this sparkling interactive performance, Dr Ian Chapman and his Cosmic Jive Trio unravel the extraordinary marriage of sound and visual effect that lies at the heart of the work of David Bowie, one of the most empowering performers in the history of popular music.

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Late Nite Sound Bite 2021

836 Fergusson Drive, Upper Hutt

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Late Nite Sound Bite is a once a month late night opening on the last Thursday of the month with fresh NZ music and all galleries, cafe and shop open until 9 pm.

Programme: 25 March - Ain't Superstitions - Soul 29 April - Pip Payne - Honky Tonk 24 June - Stoop Duo - Guitar and Piano duo

Late Nite Sound Bite is brought to you by Expressions Whirinaki Arts & Entertainment Centre. Entry is by Koha and is casual/family-friendly.

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Heritage Walking Tours

836 Fergusson Drive, Upper Hutt

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This 1.5km, free, guided walking tour will take you through historic areas of Upper Hutt, sharing it's personalities and drama.

No bookings required.
Meet at Expressions Whirinaki at 3pm.

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