Programmes and events

Hui | Education Programme

By exploring Paratene Matchitt’s exhibition Hui, students will understand the innovation and invention that led him to become one of New Zealand’s iconic artists. The programme consists of a discussion and hands-on activity.

Workshop: Students create a human figure inspired by the sculptures. Students collaborate with each other and will co-present their final works with a concept based on the idea of Hui.

  • Curriculum strands: Visual Arts, English and Social Studies
  • Duration: 90 minutes
  • NCEA: 1.2-2.2-3.2- 1.1-2.1-3.1
  • Cost: Free
  • Suitable: All levels
  • Dates: Until 18 March 2018

Paratene Matchitt is one of New Zealand’s most prominent senior artists. Matchitt’s 60-year career has seen his work in most public art gallery collections in this country. Paratene has a reputation for breaking with tradition, for innovation, and for invention.

From the 1930s artists recognised the need for an expressly New Zealand school of art that was distinct from the modernist conventions travelling here from Europe and America. Efforts to create this New Zealand language were complicated by the space existing between Māori and Pākehā art. Early on in the piece Pākehā artists were absorbing or appropriating Māori iconography, a predictable development in a search for a national artistic identity. Paratene’s willingness to incorporate European influences into his own work is described by some academics as testimony to a ‘Māori Modernism’, or by others as a ‘Māori Primitivism’. It is most certainly the case that Paratene draws from multiple artistic sources, bringing them together in a complex amalgam.

Following the Second World War, Department of Education encouraged a generation of Māori artists to draw on their cultural traditions in developing modernist art. Para was employed as an art adviser by the department and began to follow the suggestion. Para drew particular inspiration from the great Spanish modernist Pablo Picasso. He applied Picasso’s style to the representation of traditional stories such as the separation of Rangi and Papa.

Life Will Go on Long After Money | Education Programme

Sculptor Ben Pearce has installed a large-scale interactive work in the gallery. Based on the true story of a man who built himself a get-away on the boulder bank of Nelson’s inlet, Pearce’s sculpture is a fascinating revisit of the event in which Ben himself played a surprising role. In the education programme, students explore ideas surrounding the meaning of home. The programme consists of a discussion and hands-on activity.

  • Curriculum strands: Visual Arts, English and Social Studies
  • Duration: 90 minutes
  • NCEA: 1.2-2.2-3.2- 1.1-2.1-3.1
  • Cost: Free
  • Suitable: All levels
  • Dates: Until 25 March 2018

Discussion: Students will discuss what home means using these questions:

What emotions do you associate with home?

How does it feel to be away from home? How does it feel to return home?

Who do you associate with home?

Why would someone like to live away from civilisation? (Not just spatially removed, but also removed from everything society provides, including the means of survival (food, etc.) and the rule of law).

What challenges might someone have living off grid?

What memories could someone make by living away from society?

What kind of skills would someone need to learn to be able to live off grid?

Workshop: Students imagine what would happen if they had no money and want to leave civilisation. Based on that, they will design a paper house and answer the questions listed below in their design.

  • Where would you build your own house?
  • What material would you use to build your house?
  • Is it like a normal house? A tree house? A boat house? Or something else?
  • How big or small would it be?
  • What are the things you would have to have in your house?
  • What would you take with you if you were to live off grid for ever?
  • How would you find food?
  • What are the things that you can make yourself without paying money for?

Hastings City Art Gallery | Social Stories

These social stories were designed for the gallery by Kelsey Hankins, to support families and schools bringing people with Autism Spectrum Condition and Sensory Processing Condition to the gallery. Please feel free to download the stories and adapt them to your own needs.

We would also love to know if you found these useful or have any suggestions for improvement: or ph 06 871 5095.

Visiting the Gallery [older children]                                               Visiting the Gallery [younger children]

Visiting the Gallery with my School or Group [older children]      Visiting the Gallery with my School or Group [younger children]

Arriving at the Gallery [older children]                                          Arriving at the Gallery [younger children]

Everyday Lines Education Programme

In this programme we will talk about how artists draw from the world around them and alter and change the meaning of objects that we use every day. As well as a guided tour of the galleries, and discussion about the artworks on display in Everyday Lines exhibition, there will be a hands-on workshop.

Curriculum strands: Visual Arts, English and Social Studies

  • Duration: 90 minutes for Primary and Intermediate Schools and up to 45 minutes for Secondary Schools
  • NCEA: 1.2-2.2-3.2- 1.1-2.1-3.1
  • The Popcorn workshop is suitable for years 1 to 8
  • Available: 15 September – 30 November 2017
  • Cost: Free

Discussion: Students will consider how and why artists use everyday objects as subject matter.

  • Students understand how non-traditional materials can be vehicles of artistic expression
  • Students will discuss the question “Can anything be considered art?”
  • Students will reflect on how placing an object in a gallery changes the object and how calling something art can change perception of an object.
  • Students will consider the choices artists make when creating works of art, exploring subject matter and sources of inspiration, medium and style.
  • Students will make connections between consumer cultures, ready-mades and art.

Hands-on activity: The workshop activity is inspired by the Popcorn work by artist Madeleine Child. Students will make a colourful popcorn lei by using popcorn and natural dyes extracted from everyday vegetables such as turmeric, cabbage and beetroot. Students will be encouraged to reflect on their work in reference to the earlier discussion. They will be given the options to choose between eating their popcorn lei at the end or keeping it as a work of art.
Post visit project ideas:

  • Challenge students to re-create an everyday object (using a material such as modelling clay or, if possible, polyurethane foam) in a way that could trick the naked eye. Ask students what they have learned from the sculpting process. What were the challenges and how did they address them?
  • Tell students to look out for types of assemblages similar to Gaby Montejo’s work or Still Life by Martin Selman. When they find something similar, ask them to record it with a photograph or sketch. Analyse the groupings and talk about connections between the objects, layout, space etc. Are these casual and random or carefully contrived? Based on this discussion invite the students to create a new installation and photograph or draw it. Talk about the process of placing objects so that they appear to be random.
  • What other materials and processes do people use to represent real things? Ask students to be aware of the simulated objects they come across over the course of a week. These could be props on television and movies, decorative objects in homes, or even materials such as fake wood. Ask them to record these items by making notes or drawing. At the end of the week, invite students to share what they have found with the class. What techniques do people use to create these things? Do they always strive to make them seem real? Why or why not? What functions do these replicas or representations serve?
  • Ask student to bring in an object that they don’t mind turning into art- an old phone, a basket, a hairbrush, a lamp… and then work with them to create a sculptures or still life assemblages.

If you would like to make a booking for a class, or would like further information please email or contact the Gallery on 06 871 5095.

Arts for All – Hawke’s Bay

Touch tour and audio description for blind children provided by Tim Bray Productions Auckland.

Thursday 9 November, 10.30am- 12.30pm

Arts for All: Providing access and inclusion to arts and culture for everyone.

Join us for a presentation and discussion about how to make your arts project, place or programme more accessible for and inclusive of disabled people. Our speaker is Richard Benge, Executive Director of Arts Access Aotearoa.

Arts Access Aotearoa supports arts organisations and venues to increase their accessibility, builds the capability and leadership skills of grass-roots community organisations providing arts opportunities to people with a disability, raises public awareness about access to the arts and provides a national information service. It is also the lead organisation advocating for the arts to be used as a rehabilitation tool for prisoners.

Arts Access Aotearoa reaches out to representatives from live performance venues, museums, art galleries, producers and festivals – anyone who has art or cultural experiences to promote. At regional seminars participants learn the steps that accessibility champions around Aotearoa are taking, so their arts events or experiences are inclusive and accessisble for disabled people.

Arts Access Aotearoa has free useful resources for particiants to guide them on their journey – providing accessible arts and cultural inclusion for their community.

Attend this presentation to:

Ø Learn about how your organisation or place can be more accessible and inclusive of anyone who faces a barrier to inclusion.
Ø Discover a network of people and organisations working to make the arts accessible and inclusive for everyone
Ø Get access to free resources to assit your organisation, programme or event to be more accessible

For more information see:

Artist Talk: Ben Pearce

Saturday 9 December, 11.00am

Join artist Ben Pearce as he shares insights into his arts practice and his latest exhibition, ‘Life Will Go On After Money’, 2017.

Free, no booking required.

The Take Out: A Gaby Montejo Performance

Gaby Montejo, Stuffed Weight for Takeout, 2017

Gaby Montejo, Stuffed Weight for Takeout, 2017

Sunday 26 November, 11.00am

Call it a swap-meet, garage sale, eviction or liquidation – knowing artist Gaby Montejo’s performance work, this could be all or none of the above. Don’t miss this one-off performance which will be part of the de-installation of Montejo’s artwork, Stuffed Weight for Takeout, 2017 which is currently on display in the exhibition Everyday Lines.

Free, no booking required.

Gaby’s arts practice includes photography, performance, actions, music, interviews, and temporary installation. He exhibits internationally, but has been deeply involved with social initiatives and collaborative interventions in Christchurch, and is a founding member of arts collective, ‘The Social’.

Artist Workshop: An approach to landscape with John Eaden

Artist John Eaden in the studio

Sunday 21 January 10.00am-1.00pm

Workshop participants will use a landscape photograph as the starting point for a landscape painting. They will be guided through a process to analyse the content of their photograph, developing a composition and rendering it with empathetic colour and tone. Through a process of analysis and technique, students will transform their original image beyond the observed and recorded to a fully realised work.

$20 per person which includes all materials and morning tea. Suitable for 12 year olds and over. Booking required.


Artist Workshop: Drawing on Stuffed Weight with Gaby Montejo

Gaby Montejo, ‘Stuffed Weight for Takeout’, 2017

Saturday 25 November, 10.00am-1.00pm

Join Christchurch-based artist Gaby Montejo for a conversation about his work, followed by a still life drawing exercise.

Montejo’s installation work, Stuffed Weight for Takeout, 2017 is currently on display in the exhibition, ‘Everyday Lines’.

Gaby’s arts practice includes photography, performance, actions, music, interviews, and temporary installation. He exhibits internationally, but has been deeply involved with social initiatives and collaborative interventions in Christchurch, and is a founding member of arts collective, ‘The Social’.

Don’t miss this unique opportunity to join Gaby at the gallery. Suitable for adults, beginners welcome!

$20 per person, booking required.
Materials and morning tea provided.


Hastings Public Art Walking Tours

Saturday 20 January 2018, 11.00am

Join our Hastings City Art Gallery guides Ella Ayto and artist John Eaden for a fascinating tour of the much loved public art of Hastings. Meet at the gallery entrance in Civic Square.

Thirteen pieces have been chosen as the focus of the tours – to be held seasonally each year. The works traverse a range of styles, from mural painting and carving, to stencil art, metalwork and stained glass.

This the second of the free art tours. Tourers should meet at the entrance to the Hastings City Art Gallery for an 11.00am start. The autumn tour will be in April and the winter tour in June 2018.