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Hutt Valley Arts newsletter

Hutt Valley Arts newsletter

Happy New Year to all our recipients!

HVCA provides arts workshops, projects, community involvement & engagement in a wide variety of arts events throughout Lower Hutt. However our future is uncertain due to possible loss of major funding so we are embarking on a series of fundraising events from Jan – June 2013. If you’d like to get involved with an idea of your own, hold an event, or help the fund raising team, then call Catherine on 04 568 3488 or email



Calling all artists - This February, to celebrate “Wizard’s Guide to Wellington” by A.J. Ponder, Rona Gallery is opening its doors with an exciting Art Competition “The Magic of Wellington” and everyone is invited, Professionals and Amateurs, children and adults. Lots of prizes, lots of fun. Spread the word.

Opening 14 Feb 6.30pm

Ages All Ages (Competition categories for under twelve, under 18 and adult)

Venue Rona Gallery, 151 Muritai Rd, Eastbourne

Cost $15 for each entry - (free to turn up on the night)


Contact Alicia or Richard Ponder 04 562 8062 or Email



Always wanted to drum? Want to be surrounded by funky samba and salsa sounds? Andreas Lepper brings a wide range of instruments and will teach a range of drumming styles. Make sure you come along ready to get involved - by the end of it you’ll be a rhythm maestro. Workshops finale with a public performance to celebrate our awesome new skills…

HVCA is excited to offer workshops in Taita and Petone in February 2013.

Taita_ Following on from Andreas Lepper’s outrageously successful workshops in 2012, HVCA offers another block of free, yes FREE! drumming workshops in Taita. Six sessions from 5.30 - 7pm, Monday nights, starting Monday 18 February, Taita Community Centre. Register on the first night - first in first served! Limited to 30 spaces.

Petone¬_ After our last wonderful drumming sessions in Petone with Andreas Lepper, HVCA is delighted to be able to offer another set of six workshops. Six sessions from 5.30 - 7pm, Wednesday nights, starting Wednesday 20 February. $35 for all six sessions. To register contact Catherine on or phone 04 568 3488. First in first served! Limited to 30 spaces.

**These opportunities are generously funded by Creative Communities, and supported by Hutt City Council. Thank you so much!**


Play is an exhibition of play furniture, playscapes and play-objects created by international artists and designers. The exhibition includes work by such celebrated names as Charles and Ray Eames, Enzo Mari, Vernon Paton, Eero Aarnio and familiar design companies like Bauhaus, Playsam, Droog and Magis.

In an increasingly screen-obsessed world for children, Play complements Arcade with a celebration of free play and the imagination. The exhibition focuses on the importance of quality design for children, often over-looked, and suggests that strong design heightens sensory exploration, enriches learning and stimulates creativity.

Play will extend beyond the Silbery Gallery into the courtyard and there will be a range of contemporary designs which children can actually play on. This will include the Imagination Playground playspace designed by architect David Rockwell to encourage child-directed, unstructured free play. The playground allows children to constantly reconfigure their environment and to design their own course of play – they will be able to climb, roll, rock, slide, push and play.

Dates Until 28th April

Time 10 – 4.30 p.m.

Venue The Dowse Art Museum, 45 Laings Road, Lower Hutt

Info All Ages / Admission Free

Website The Dowse Art Museum


This exhibition aims to promote and make aware that film based Black and White photography is still alive and well. An exhibition by the B & W Darkroom group. The group has made presentations on traditional Black and White to several of the local camera clubs. It was this aim that became the catalyst for the group to mount this exhibition.

Good quality art and craft work is always affordable at Hutt Art Odlin Gallery. All work is original, locally-made and for sale. Come and have a look.

Date 14th – 27th January

EXHIBITION 2 : GENESIS : In the Beginning

An exhibition of Sculptural Works and Mixed media paintings presented by local artist Lynda Weiss. Lynda presents works that identify use of techniques that bring to life abstract and impressionist images and form

Times 10 – 4 p.m.

Venue Hutt Art Odlin Gallery, Cnr Myrtle/Huia Streets, Lower Hutt

Info All Ages / Admission Free



Discover how The Learning Connexion works by exploring your creativity. Join us for a workshop which will gently guide you through some valuable creativity techniques.

All materials are supplied along with tea, coffee and nibbles. To book a place, phone 0800 278 769, email us ( or just turn up.

In the meantime feel free to call us if you would like to arrange a time to look around our campus during term time.

Date 17th Jan / 5th Feb / 26th March / 11th April / 18th May

Time 7 – 9 p.m.

Venue The Learning Connexion, 182 Eastern Hutt Road, Taita, Lower Hutt

Info All Ages / Admission Free

Website The Learning Connexion School of Art & Creativity


Families are invited to join the education team to create sand sculptures on the beach in front of Petone Settlers Museum. Remember to slip, slap, slop and cover.

Date 22nd – 23rd January

Times 10 a.m. - Midday

Venue Beach in front of Settlers Museum

Info All Ages / Admission Free




Lower Hutt City will bare witness to the first taste of the Summer-Ville flavour. Bringing together a heavy hitting concoction of Aotearoa and Australia's finest artists from roots, reggae, R&B to rap. Summer-Ville will provide a perfect blend of the latest urban music mixed with sunshine feel good music. Featuring: Tomorrow People, Swiss, Sons of Zion, Pieter T, Donell Lewis, Rickey Okay and L40.

Date Friday 18th January

Time 6 – 11.55 p.m.

Venue Horticultural Hall, 32 Laings Road, Lower Hutt

Tickets Adult $45

Buy Tickets 04 831 5480


Grab a bite to eat and head to the Dowse Square for live music from some of Wellington’s finest musicians every Friday from 25 Jan – 22 Feb. This week – The Troubles (jazz/world)

Date Friday 25th January

Time 12 midday – 2 p.m.

Venue Dowse Square, Laings Road, Lower Hutt

Info All Ages / Admission Free


Wainuiomata Choir welcomes anyone with a desire to sing to join our friendly, well established community choir. Learn practical fundamentals and have fun. The choir is a member of New Zealand Choral Federation and has been going for over 35 years. Every Friday we meet to sing a range of music from classical to popular songs and more with a Musical Director and pianist. No auditions necessary, so come and have a go.

Date Every Friday starting Friday 1st February

Time 7.30 – 9.30 p.m.

Venue St Stephen’s Church, 108 Main Road, Wainuiomata

Cost $45 per term

Info Call Hazel Collow 04 970 6964 or Eric Sidoti 027 499 2626

Email Hazel or Eric


A four piece combo playing Latin jazz with a swing featuring Claude Ka Hooper on cornet and vocals, Grant Willis on tuba, Daryl Prowse on banjo & guitar, and Andreas Lepper on percussion

Date Friday 1st February

Time 12 midday – 2 p.m.

Venue Dowse Square, Laings Road, Lower Hutt

Info All Ages / Admission Free


Jon Sanders and Eoin Duignan Tour schedule 2013, with guest singers Dave Alley and Rachel Dawick. Dingle-based uillean piper and low whistle player Eoin Duignan tours NZ with Jon for the first time in 3 years. Featuring contemporary and traditional music from Ireland and beyond and with guest singers Dave Alley and Rachel Dawick.

Date Saturday 26th January

Time 8 p.m.

Venue Hutt Valley Irish Society, 12 Raroa Road, Lower Hutt

Info All Ages

Tickets $15 (door sales only)

Website Jon Sanders Tour with Eoin Duignan



Lower Hutt’s summer season of day long outdoor markets. Every Thursday, Margaret St will be closed to traffic and transformed with over 20 stalls selling quality arts & crafts, food, & lots more. Range of entertainment including live music in the evenings.

Date Every Thursday until 7th February

Time Noon – 8.30 p.m.

Venue Margaret St, Lower Hutt

Info All Ages / Admission Free



Zirka Circus is proud to bring you its 2nd tour of NZ with our new show ‘Out Of This World’, which is bigger and better than ever before. Yes we have the world’s largest ever motorbike Globe of Death! Yes we have more amazing acrobatics including some acts never before performed in NZ! Yes our silly clowns are back! And yes you are sure to love this show more than the last one!

Date 30th Jan – 10th February

Time Weekdays 7 – 9 p.m. / Saturdays 2 – 4 p.m. / Sundays 1 – 3 p.m.

Venue Avalon Park, Taita Drive, Avalon, Lower Hutt

Info All Ages

Tickets $38 - $19


Arohanui Strings now has a website!

Arohanui Strings is a Sistema inspired music education programme in Taita, Lower Hutt that is part of a visionary global movement that transforms the lives of children through music! Read more at


Sponsored by the Hutt City Council the Arts Package is a monthly advert in the Hutt News showcasing community arts and culture events in Lower Hutt. Email Rachel now on to get a form to enter your details for your February event.


Opening Exhibitions…

Retrospect: A Contemporary Jewellery Show 2 February – 26 May 2013 | FREE
Retrospect brings together the work of Peter Deckers, a well-known New Zealand jeweller, with twenty emerging and established contemporary jewellers, many of whom have been tutored by him or who have participated in projects with him. The show pays homage to Deckers and 'gives back' to him, as a mentor who has provided opportunity and inspiration for other jewellers.



Towns, Turrets & Taniwhas Tues 22 & Wed 23 January 2013, 10am-12pm | FREE

Families are invited to join the education team and create sand sculptures on the beach in front of Petone Settlers Museum. Remember to slip, slop, slap and cover! Check the website for cancellation due to weather.

The Global Game Challenge 5pm Fri 25 January – 5pm Sun 27 January 2013 | FREE

Watch Massey University School of Design students camp out at The Dowse and compete in the Global Game Jam. Held in over 120 countries, game developers have 48 hours to create a video game. Pop in over the weekend and see how they are doing!

Talk & Tour: Retrospect Sat 2 February 2013, 1pm | FREE

Join curator Jo Mears and jeweller Peter Deckers to hear insights behind the work of the jewellers featured in the contemporary jewellery exhibition, Retrospect. NO BOOKING REQUIRED.

Ongoing Exhibitions…

Play 1 December 2012 – 1 April 2013 | FREE
'The most effective kind of education is that a child should play amongst lovely things.' Plato. The Dowse will be awash with 'lovely things' this summer - stunning play furniture, playscapes and play-objects created by leading international designers will tempt design fanatics of all ages. The Silbery Longrun Season of Play, opening 1 December, features the work of world-renown design-heavyweights like Charles & Ray Eames, Enzo Mari, Verner Panton, Eero Aarnio as well as well-known companies like Bauhaus, Vitra, Magis and Sirch.

Saskia Leek: Desk Collection 15 December 2012 – 14 April 2013 | FREE
With brown paper smoke pouring from its chimney, and a glimpse of a ghostly figure at the illuminated cloth window, Saskia Leek’s two metre cardboard caravan is by far the largest artwork in her new survey exhibition at The Dowse. In contrast, the title of the show, Desk Collection, stakes a claim for art that is intimate, hinting at the modest scale of Leek’s paintings and the fact that almost every one of them could have been produced at a desk. Desk Collection, which is also the name of a 2006 painting, features almost 60 of Leek’s artworks spanning 1994 to 2012.

I never think about my works as being small, although they always have been. I paint them up close so they take up my whole view. I think of them as compact yet expansive, like a song or a book.” Saskia Leek

Desk Collection features works drawn from around New Zealand and Australia and from both public and private collections.

Arcade: Homegrown Video Games 10 November 2012 – 24 February 2013 | FREE
From Cletus Clay to Dungeon King, from hack and slash to butterfly play, The Dowse celebrates the talents of New Zealand's visionary game designers in Arcade. Arcade showcases the work of our most talented and influential indie gaming artists in an exhibition of striking visual effects, stunning digital art as well as still images, video and the actual games to play.

Lauren Winstone: Holding holes 27 October 2012 – 10 February 2013 | FREE
A ceramics exhibition by Auckland artist Lauren Winstone that draws on modernist forms to explore the relationship between parts and wholes. Holding holes features a range of hand-thrown ceramic pieces created especially for this show.

Closing Exhibitions…

Jeffrey Harris: By Definition 11 August – 27 January 2012 | FREE
A suite of 12 striking black and white aquatint prints from The Dowse Collection made by New Zealand artist Jeffrey Harris in 1988. Harris himself describes his practice as "a diary of painted pain". His recurrent themes are ones of loneliness, suffering and sacrifice.

The Dowse Art Museum & Petone Settlers Museum
45 Laings Rd, Lower Hutt | PO Box 30396, Lower Hutt, New Zealand | |


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