What's on this month

Explore events happening this month across the Hutt Valley

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Breaking The Bronze Ceiling

45 Laings Rd, Lower Hutt

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Bringing together everything from bronze and ceramics to duct tape and wool, Breaking The Bronze Ceiling reflects on the relationship between women and sculptural practice with artworks from The Dowse Collection.

The term 'bronze ceiling' is a play on the earlier expression 'glass ceiling' – the latter referring to the invisible social barriers that prevent women and minorities from climbing the corporate ladder. Today, the bronze ceiling references the lack of female representation in statues and more recently, women making public sculpture: both issues currently being addressed by initiatives around the globe. Breaking The Bronze Ceiling will break through the assumption that sculpture is a predominantly masculine domain: assessing the materials woman have used, the themes they have explored, and—in keeping with The Dowse’s unique history—how these elements show a cross-over between fine art and craft practices.ti

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Shane Cotton: Te Puāwai

45 Laings Rd, Lower Hutt

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A major exhibition of new work by leading contemporary artist Shane Cotton (Ngāti Rangi, Ngāti Hine, Te Uri Taniwha) – the first public show in the place he was raised, Te Awakairangi Hutt Valley.

In a suite of brand new works, Cotton brings together Upoko tuhituhi (head markings), mania, native birds and sailing ships to animate questions about history, culture and identity that reverberate from Aotearoa’s pre-human past right to the present. Te Puāwai is a compelling and unmissable exhibition. 

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Glasgow Boy: The Artworks of James Nairn

836 Fergusson Drive, Upper Hutt

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A spotlight on the work of James Nairn, the founder of Impressionism in New Zealand and champion of the Pumpkin Cottage artists based in Silverstream. Featuring work from public and private collections, including artwork from our own Pumpkin Cottage Collection, this solo exhibition celebrates his plein air approach to painting and interest in the effects of light. 

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The Stories We Tell Ourselves

45 Laings Rd, Lower Hutt

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At the heart of every art museum is its collection—but what inspires a work of art to be made and why is it collected for the community?

The Stories We Tell Ourselves considers the importance of artists to The Dowse Collection and how the stories they tell us through their art helps define who we are today. Highlighting how people create meaning through art, this exhibition brings together anecdotes about personal memories, oral traditions, the environment and social sciences with a selection of art The Dowse has collected over the past four years.

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SOLO 2021

45 Laings Rd, Lower Hutt

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SOLO 2021 is a snapshot of contemporary art practice in Te Whanganui-a-Tara right here, right now. Featuring five extraordinary new projects by Chris Ulutupu, Dianne Prince, Gabby O’Connor, Martin Awa Clarke Langdon and Peter Deckers.

The Dowse asked the artists what they would like to do—perhaps something they’ve been dreaming of making or been mulling over—and help them realise their project in an entire gallery space of their own. SOLO 2021 is a biennial exhibition by The Dowse to showcase and support local Wellington artists by actively commissioning and presenting new work.

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Sunset Boulevard

2 Queens Drive, Lower Hutt

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KAHA Theatre proudly presents Sunset Boulevard, a magnificent tale of faded glory and unfulfilled ambition. Silent movie star Norma Desmond longs for a return to the big screen, having been forgotten by tinsel town for the last twenty years, with the advent of “talkies". Her glamour has faded in all but her mind, but when she meets struggling Hollywood screenwriter Joe Gillis, their subsequent relationship leads to an unforeseen and tragic conclusion. Based on the 1950 Billy Wilder film noir of the same name and set to the music of Andrew Lloyd Webber, with lyrics by Don Black and Christopher Hampton, this show is set when Hollywood was at its height!

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The Witches Market 2021 Oct 31st

30C Laings Road, Lower Hutt

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The Witches Market is back for Halloween 2021!

This year's market features 20+ stallholders, with a blend of practitioners, artists, performers, and musicians. There are even have prizes for best dressed!

The Witches Market has been organized with the intention to create a space for practitioners to bring and display their work, art, and wares for trade and sale with other practitioners and non-practitioners alike. Celebrating the magical and unseen world, nature, and art on Beltane (Samhain/Halloween in the Northern Hemisphere). A dedicated Altar will be on display with interactive elements (we respectfully ask to refrain from touching the aspects that are not interactive.) 

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Pub Sing

175 Jackson Street, Petone, Lower Hutt

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The choir, at the pub, with a live band! No, you don't need to be a good singer, you just have to love singing.

No solos, just a room full of people stirring up some endorphins. Katy will teach you 3 songs (it's not about WHAT songs we sing, it's about having a good time with a bunch of strangers). Throw in a few easy harmonies and have all the words on a big screen for you. No, nothing like karaoke, this is so much better.

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The Butcher and Brewer Petone couple sitting by fire

Christmas Tree Table Runner

9-11 Myrtle Street, Lower Hutt

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Make this seasonal festive runner for your sideboard or table. Learn how to use the foundation quilting technique. This class is suitable for beginner quilters but basic sewing machine experience is required. Make for yourself or as a gift for a friend. A sewing machine is required for this class.

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Sunday Strum 2021

836 Fergusson Drive, Upper Hutt

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Join the Ukulele Institute on the first Sunday of the month for a ukulele jam session. You can listen or join in using one of the spare Ukes or bring your own. 

Beginners to advanced players, ages 5 to 95, all welcome. Donations welcome.

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County Lane Fair

County Lane, Silverstream, Upper Hutt

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Perfectly timed for Christmas shopping, the County Lane Fair brings a host of local artists, crafters and artisan makers together in one location. This is another Silverstream Lions project - raising funds for Te Omanga Hospice.

Held at the Hutt Valley RDA premises at County Lane, Silverstream (just across from the Pro Drive Golf Driving Range). Both the indoor and outdoor arena will be filled with locally produced art, craft and food. The Fair is focused on high quality, locally made goods with priority given to products that are sustainably produced and eco-friendly. Think fudge, plants, original art, handmade soap, gorgeous jewellery, gourmet food, home decor, children's clothing and handmade pottery. There are food trucks and a cafe, free entry and loads of free parking alongside the river. 

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James Nairn Paint and Pour

836 Fergusson Drive, Upper Hutt

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Celebrate James Nairn’s birthday and enjoy an early evening painting class, en plein air (in the open air) followed by a tour through the gallery and a celebratory glass of bubbles. Free Event | Bookings essential | To book, contact reception at (04) 527 2168 Brought to you in conjunction with 'Glasgow Boy: The Artworks of James Nairn.' Exhibited at Whirinaki Whare Taonga from Saturday 9 October to Sunday 5 December.

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Upper Hutt Night Market

Racecourse Road, Trentham, Upper Hutt

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Featuring Food Trucks, Live Music, Street Performers, Artisan Craft Stalls, Beer & so much more! This family-friendly event is not to be missed! Shop an array of handcrafted and specialty goods, enjoy a variety of cuisines as our food trucks cook up a storm all while incredible performers and musicians keep you entertained!

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My Walk In Wardrobe - Sustainable Fashion Markets

574 High Street, Lower Hutt

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My Walk In Wardrobe is Wellington's own sustainable fashion markets. Preloved, upcycled, vintage, hand made, locally made - clothing, shoes, jewellery and accessories. My Walk In Wardrobe is for everyone - whether you're trying to be a thrifty shopper, trying to be more mindful of the environmental impact of fast fashion, wanting something unique and fun or simply wanting to make some extra cash by selling what you’ve “Marie Kondo’d” out of your wardrobe. At the end of each market, stallholders have the option to donate any of their unsold clothes to our chosen local charities which are not onsold, but given away!

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Christmas Mice

9-11 Myrtle Street, Lower Hutt

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Make a mouse ornament (or two) for the Christmas tree. These sweet little mice will look lovely hanging on your Christmas Tree. Made out of felt they are quick to make. Make for yourself or give them away as Christmas gifts to be treasured by family and friends.

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Christmas in Vienna - Operatunity

22 Marsden Street, Lower Hutt

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Lose yourself in the splendour of Vienna as Operatunity capture the magic of Christmas, the wonder of the lights, the beautiful carols, the waltzes and great frocks!

Starring, Bonaventure Allan-Moetaua, Karl Perigo, Alex Foster, Jessica Hindin, Kelly Lim Harris and Paul Carnegie-Jones on piano.

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Well Made Contemporary Craft Fair

836 Fergusson Drive, Upper Hutt

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Well Made showcases a selection of the best independent and contemporary designers, artists, crafters, makers and bakers who sell their products direct to the public for one day only.

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