What's on this month

Explore events happening this month across the Hutt Valley

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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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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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Sugar Babes

45 Laings Road, Lower Hutt

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A change of scene for parents and caregivers; bring the baby in the buggy or front pack and join us for a tour of Candy Coated with Senior Curator Dr. Chelsea Nichols, followed by a complimentary morning tea.

From skull lollipops to disaster-inflected dessert commercials, 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. 

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2021 Wellington Horsepower Display and Swap Meet

Racecourse Road, Trentham, Upper Hutt

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Come down to Trentham Racecourse to see plenty of vehicles, ranging from hot rods, street machines, stock cars, jet boats, quad bikes, drag cars, imports, trucks, customs mini trucks, as well as trade stalls and more!

Entry is cash only (cash-out facility on-site). On-site parking for special interest vehicles.

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Wellington 1-day Junior Tough Guy and Gal Challenge

203 Coast Road, Wainuiomata, Lower Hutt

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This is a chance for primary and intermediate aged kids to get involved in New Zealand’s biggest mud run series in a version tailored especially for them!

The Junior Tough Guys and Gals will take on a 1.5km or 3km muddy obstacle course consisting of swamp crossings, a spider’s web net climb, crawl under obstacles, beautiful native bush trails, tunnels, hurdles, a climbing frame, water crossings and not to mention, mud mud and more mud!

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Secondary schools Tough Guy and Gal Challenge

203 Coast Road, Wainuiomata, Lower Hutt

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Take on other students from around the country on this muddy obstacle course consisting of swamp crossings, a spider’s web net climb, crawl under barb wire, beautiful native bush trails, tunnels, hurdles, a climbing frame, water crossings and not to mention, mud, mud and more mud!

There is a Toughest School Trophy on offer for the winners in the 6km event!

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Limoncello Raceday

Racecourse Road, Trentham, Upper Hutt

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Nothing celebrates a leisurely day with family and friends than a day at Wellington Races.

Teamed up with a sumptuous Italian long lunch, passing around irresistible plates in a neighbourly fashion with a delectably refreshing Aperol Spritz - magnifico! To enjoy a relaxing afternoon with mouth-watering Italian flavours book a hospitality package.

Be a member for a day. Upgrade your raceday for the ultimate experience and choose a hospitality package.

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Wellington Loaded Tough Guy and Gal challenge

203 Coast Road, Wainuiomata, Lower Hutt

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Grab your friends, family or workmates and take on either the 6km or 12km muddy obstacle course consisting of swamp crossings, a spider’s web net climb, crawl under barb wire, beautiful native bush trails, tunnels, hurdles, a climbing frame, water crossings and not to mention, mud mud and more mud!

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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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Baby Expo

30 Laings Road, Lower Hutt

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The New Zealand Baby Expo is back for another fantastic show! This time in the Lower Hutt Events Centre.

Gain expert, up-to-date advice from a diverse range of exhibitors and experiment with products and services to find what best suits your needs. With a complimentary creche onsite, extra-wide aisles and baby change and mother rooms provided to ensure you have everything you need to visit in comfort.

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Aurora Distillery Gin Experience

Bellevue Road, Lower Hutt

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Create, make and take home your own bottle of gin at one of the Aurora Distillery Gin Experience sessions.

At these sessions, the team will help you create your own recipe, where you'll weigh it out and distill your very own bottle of gin. You'll choose from up to 30 different botanicals to make your recipe - but why not bring your own ingredients along! You only need a few leaves or petals - maybe from your garden or local bush.

While the gin is running through you'll get the opportunity to taste Arrival Gins. When the gin is done, you'll bottle and label it - then it's just waiting patiently for two weeks until it's ready to drink!

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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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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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Bic Runga

836 Fergusson Drive, Upper Hutt

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The QB Festival is elated to present the iconic Bic Runga.

This globally renowned musician is recognised as one of New Zealand’s most loved and treasured artists. Her many accolades include being made a member of the New Zealand Order of Merit for services to music in 2006 and being inducted into the New Zealand Music Hall of Fame in 2016, as well as almost every musical honour in Aotearoa, including the prestigious APRA Silver Scroll song-writing award. Bic has won the most Tui’s (New Zealand Music Awards) by any individual ever at a total of twenty. She has won Best Female Vocalist four times, Best Producer three times, is a recipient of the Legacy Award, her debut album ‘Drive’ certified platinum seven times, and ‘Beautiful Collision’ certified platinum eleven times. Come and experience Bic Runga sing some of her most memorable songs. This will sell out.

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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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A Christmas Winterfest

Racecourse Road, Trentham, Upper Hutt

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It’s the magic of midwinter Christmas with all the festive trimmings.

When it’s cold outside, the Members Stand is toasty and with mulled wine, live music and snow-capped trees you’ll be whisked into a winter wonderland. Enjoy the experience with family and friends or take the perfect opportunity for a midyear outing with colleagues. With a full northern hemisphere Christmas feast and racing on the menu, it’s a day out everyone can enjoy. Adding to the excitement is heart-pounding racing at its best, Winterfest is the first showcase of jumps for the season, sharing the day with the brave contesters in winter gallops.

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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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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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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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Artisan Craft Market

30C Laings Road, Lower Hutt

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The Artisan Craft Market is coming to Lower Hutt! Come and explore over 75 local stallholders who make and create their own NZ products. 

More information to come. Any questions, contact Mel at [email protected] for information.

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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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Expressions Live 2021

836 Fergusson Drive, Upper Hutt

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A series of lunchtime concerts given by performance students from Te Koki New Zealand School of Music. Enjoy some of the finest young musicians in the country.

Expressions Live! is brought to you by Expressions Whirinaki Arts & Entertainment Centre, The Upper Hutt Concert Grand Piano Trust, and Te Koki New Zealand School of Music at Victoria University of New Zealand.

Programme 23 March - Strings 20 April - Wind & Brass 18 May - Piano 20 July - Voice 10 August - Strings 7 September - Piano 5 October - Voice Donations welcome.

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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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