Programmes and events



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.

Gaby Montejo: Performance Garage Sale

Gaby Montejo, Stuffed Weight for Takeout, 2017

Gaby Montejo, Stuffed Weight for Takeout, 2017

Sunday 26 November, 11.00am

Artist Gaby Montejo’s installation work, Stuffed Weight for Takeout, 2017  is currently on display in the exhibition, ‘Everyday Lines’. ‘Garage Sale’ is a performance work being presented by him as part of the de-installation of this artwork,
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: Still Life Drawing with Gaby Montejo

Saturday 25 November, 10.30am-12.30pm

Artist Gaby 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’.

We are offering a unique opportunity to join Gaby at the gallery for a still life drawing workshop. This is suitable for adults, beginners welcome! $20 per person, booking required.



Footnote New Zealand Dance presents ‘Watch This Space’

26 October, 12 noon | Footnote New Zealand Dance presents a physical response to visual art in ‘Watch This Space’. This unique dance experience provides a different perspective on the way that art-forms connect with and respond to our lives. Combining improvisation and a short performance, ‘Watch This Space’ at Hastings Art Gallery will include an excerpt of CONTRAST, a double-bill of new dance work that will be performed in Havelock North at the Blyth Performing Arts Centre on the 25th October. Your chance to see some of New Zealand’s best dancers in action!

Free, no booking required.


Hawke’s Bay Teachers: Introduction to ‘Everyday Lines’.

HDC – HCAG – Hawkes Bay, New Zealand, 04 July 2017. Photo by John Cowpland / alphapix

19 September, 4.30pm | Join us for an exclusive opportunity for Hawke’s Bay teachers to see current exhibition ‘Everyday Lines’ and find out about the gallery’s free art education programmes. No booking required, refreshments provided.


Everyday Lines

Emily Hartley-Skudder, Bleached Apricot Counter Display, 2017
Emily Hartley-Skudder, Bleached Apricot Counter Display, 2017

Everyday Lines will be exhibited across all of the gallery spaces. The exhibition highlights art that is made from, influenced by, or replicates everyday objects and activities. The viewer is encouraged to look closely and to contemplate the deeper narrative of what happens when objects are stripped of their functional value and drawn into the world of art.

This exhibition makes visible the intimate connections artists in New Zealand have with daily life as a source of inspiration, and how each artist’s practice is integral in their treatment of the everyday.

Exhibiting artist Emily Hartley-Skudder shares her thoughts on the everyday, saying, “I am fascinated with replicas of the commonplace; the ‘artificial ordinary’. I obsessively collect found objects: miniatures, toys, plastic trinkets, fake flowers… which I then assemble, photograph and translate into paintings. Such objects highlight our underlying preoccupation with recreating aspects of our everyday lives.”

Showcasing 16 New Zealand artists: Nick Austin, Steve Carr, Madeleine Child, Eleanor Cooper, Bill Culbert, Emily Hartley-Skudder, Marita Hewitt, John Ward Knox, Dane Mitchell, Gaby Montejo, Joanna Margaret Paul, Martin Selman, Jeff Thomson, Francis Upritchard, Erica van Zon and Seung Yul Oh.

Everyday Lines allows us to question whether we take the ‘ordinary’ for granted or whether we too see something in the everyday that others do not.

Interactive Wall

Seeing art through different lenses can change the way you think about it. We’ve put a few different lenses in our fun cameras so come in and try one out to peek and play in the exhibitions!


Photography Education Programme: See What I Can See

Book your class in for an education programme based on the exhibitions, Into The Light and See What I Can See, a comprehensive survey exhibition inspired by the book, See what I can see: New Zealand Photography for the young and curious, written by Gregory O’Brien.

The programme will start with a tour of the exhibition and discussion about the photographs and photographic techniques. Students will then participate in a hands-on workshop.

Student reflections on the programme:

“The exhibition was full of amazing pieces of work by many famous New Zealand artists such as Anne Nobel, Glenn Busch, Ans Westra and many others. It was inspirational and very relevant to the work we are doing in class. We were all asked to choose our favourite two pieces and discuss them. I found that when we discussed these ideas, our knowledge from the classroom came flowing out. We also took part in a workshop where we were able to play around with different layering of photos to create our own image. Overall, I found this experience gave us many different perspectives on photography and helped to develop ideas and talking points.”
Jessica Guy

“To observe and learn how people use photography from a little place like Hawke’s Bay was eye opening. Being able to discuss each technique gave me great insight and helped me make links to benefit my own work. Creating my own art in a short workshop was a great learning opportunity that will be helpful in future work, both in design and photography.”
Ava Bake

Discussion: Students will discuss the techniques and visual strategies used by the artists, including use of light, time of day, vantage point, focus, cropping, framing, composition, use of colour palette to create mood and to influence the viewer’s perception of a subject.

Workshop: Inspired by artist Nova Paul’s film; This is not Dying, students will use CMYK colour-separated transparencies of photographs from the exhibition and explore the techniques and visual storytelling through layering these. They will create a range of constructed photographic images that address Paul’s concept and also convey new narratives.

NCEA: 1.2-2.2-3.2- 1.1-2.1-3.1

Duration: 90 minutes, with flexibility to meet your timeframe.

Suitable: For Year 1-13

Available: 29 May – 11 August 2017

Cost: Free

Read more about This is not Dying Nova Paul








Featured images: Nova Paul, This is not Dying, 2010. 16mm film transferred to HD video, 20 minutes. Courtesy of the artist.