16 February 2019 - 12 May 2019 | Foyer | A new collaborative installation is using photography, found objects and audio as a unique means to connect viewers with a small group of Hawke’s Bay people who have become the subjects of unconventional portraits by Billie Culy and Henry Lyons. Titled ‘At the Table’, Culy and Lyons’ work does not feature images of the participants, rather it focuses on personal objects, accompanied by recorded conversation to tell their stories.
30 March - 7 July 2019 | Holt Gallery | Kauri Hawkins (Ngāti Pāhauwera, Ngāi Tāmanuhiri, Ngāti Porou, Rongowhakaata) hails from Gisborne where he grew up on the sheep station at Young Nick’s Head. Referencing the arrival of James Cook’s Endeavour at Poverty Bay in 1769, Hawkins’ sculptural project explores the duality of our heritage and identity 250 years on.
6 April - 21 July 2019 | Main Gallery | New Zealand artist Jan Nigro (b. 1920, d. 2012) was born in Gisborne and attended Manutūkē School before moving to Napier 1930. This significant retrospective exhibition has been distilled from her life’s work held by the Jan Nigro Trust. The works illustrate a strong female contribution to the trajectory of contemporary New Zealand art history and reclaims Jan Nigro as an important New Zealand artist.
18 May – 11 August 2019 | Alcove Gallery | In this exhibition Yukari Kaihori communicates a deep concern for the environment and its critical relationship with value systems, politics and society. Kaihori says her interest in different value systems comes from her upbringing in both the East and the West, the cultural values of which had inherent differences and similarities.
27 January – 11 March 2018 | Alcove | Raewyn Paterson is an artist and designer of Ngāti-rere, Ngāi Tūhoe descent. Paterson's work creating interior spaces that utilise Māori design elements for wallpapers and furnishings will delight visitors in this installation.
19 May - 24 June | Holt Gallery | In this world where uncertainty and radical change leave many of us profoundly vulnerable or overwhelmed local sculptor Kay Bazzard challenges us to acknowledge and engage with this reality, presenting a series of figurative images sculpted in clay.
30 June - 5 August 2018 | Holt Gallery | Auckland sculptor Natalie Guy reworks and reconfigures the domestic interior and familiar everyday objects with a shift in scale. These new objects become neither prop nor decor, possibly belonging in a modernist collector's apartment or a museum collection.
Vanessa Arthur: To be Everywhere at Once Yet Nowhere at All | 27 January – 11 March 2018 | Vanessa Arthur is a jeweller based in Hawke's Bay who has exhibited throughout New Zealand and internationally. Moving seamlessly between sculpture and jewellery, Arthur makes objects inspired by spaces within the built urban environment - the spaces that occur between 'planning'.
Until 22 July 2018 | Main Gallery, Foyer & Alcove | Bring the kids to this fun, interactive exhibition titled Play art that makes you move. Walk through the enormous inflated capsules of Seung Yul Oh’s 'Periphery'. Make music with Campbell Tamahina Burns’ 'Internal Geometries'. Imagine and build your own cityscape using hundreds of wooden blocks designed by Sara Hughes for 'Heretaunga'.