Next at the Gallery


On Saturday 23 February, we open Container & Shrines. Container features work by eleven Kāpiti ceramic and textile artists including Rebecca Neal, Harriet Bright, Sophie Perkins, Mary Ellen Childers, Jenny Shearer, Trevor Wright, Sara Boland, Birgit Moffatt, Deb Donnelly, Sonia Snowden and Isabel Fernandes-Day. Shrines features sculptured assemblages by Sue Artner.


Special events


Saturday 16 March, 2.30 – 3.30: artist’s talk with Sue Artner in Shrines.


Saturday 13 April & Monday 15 April, 10.30 – 12.00 noon: make your own fun, educational board game to take home, for ages 4 – 10 years with artist Anna-Maria O’Brien.


The library in the Gallery




Visitors will have noticed that Waikanae library is working out of the Gallery at the moment.


The library pop-up and Kāpiti Coast District Council service centre are occupying the smaller gallery area known as newSPACE, for the moment until 21 April.


The library’s presence follows the closure for some time of the adjacent library building late last year as a result of issues relating to leaks.


We’re pleased to be able to help Council at a time when options for a library pop-up in Waikanae town are limited.


Photo: working in the new Gallery environment are from left, Sonia Coom, Eleanor Bensemann, Gallery Director Janet Bayly and Natasha Hops.




Collectables Seeking New Homes - the auction that keeps on giving


Mahara Gallery’s first redevelopment project, fund-raising auction, just keeps on giving.


Not only did generous donors keep giving art works in the lead up to the 9 February auction event, but the total raised has kept edging up and now stands at almost $46,500.


“That’s a fantastic result – close to double what we expected,” says Gallery Director Janet Bayly.


“And there’s scope for the total to edge even higher. We still have people expressing interest in the small number of works not yet sold.”


The money raised will go towards redeveloping the Gallery building so that we can create a home for the Field Collection that includes 24 paintings by Frances Hodgkins.


Current auction total: $46,500


Fantastic result


– thanks to everyone involved


The project began back in August of last year with an appeal from the Gallery for unwanted art works consigned to attics, basements, lofts and even under beds. That’s why the Gallery called it Collectables Seeking New Homes.


The result was almost overwhelming - more than 160 art works that included a Peter McIntyre watercolour, a Gretchen Albrecht painting, a Shane Cotton screen print and pottery by Mirek Smisek.


More than 2,000 people visited the Gallery in the lead-up to the auction and then Gallery was packed on the night.


There are many people thank who helped made this project such a success.


Firstly, a huge thank you to the donors of the artworks, our auctioneer John Mowbray and our many generous buyers.


Secondly a big thank you to the team of volunteers led by Gordon Shroff and Jo McComish whose hard work and belief in the project was so important.


And thirdly, the Mahara Board has thanked the Gallery staff for all the extra work they did to achieve such a successful outcome.


Collectables Seeking New Homes auction result
thrills Mahara Gallery

Mahara Gallery’s Collectables Seeking New Homes auction, held at the Gallery on Saturday 9 February, raised more than $33,000 towards the Gallery Redevelopment Project.


mr300_Mahara_Auction_9_Feb_2019_0017_idx87214146.jpgApproximately 160 art works were on display from just before Christmas before being auctioned in front of a large crowd at the Gallery on Saturday. More than 2,000 people visited the Gallery in the lead-up to the auction.


Gallery Director, Janet Bayly says she is thrilled with the result.


“It was a great result for months of hard work by our staff and the volunteer auction commitee,” she said.


“A huge thank you to the donors of the artworks, our auctioneer John Mowbray, our many generous buyers, and Look Both Ways band who performed on the night.”


Janet Bayly says that less than 10 percent of the donated works had not been sold by the end of the weekend. The opportunity still exists to buy unsold works and potential buyers should contact the Gallery.


She says the money raised will be used to help redevelop the Gallery to enable it to house and display the Field Collection of 44 works of art and associated documents. Twenty-four of the art works are by Frances Hodgkins, New Zealand’s most celebrated expatriate painter.


In other news, Mahara Gallery is hosting the Waikanae Library and Kāpiti Coast District

Council pop-up in the smaller gallery space from Monday 18 February while the library’s longer term location is resolved and work is in progress on Mahara Place.


Collectables seeking new homes 15 Dec 2018-10 Feb 2019




Mahara welcomes appointment of architect for Gallery redevelopment


Mahara Gallery welcomes the appointment of Athfield Architects to design the redevelopment of the Gallery.

Mahara Chairman Professor Les Holborow says the appointment is a welcome step forward in the project which seeks to improve public gallery space and enable the Gallery to house and display the nationally-significant Field Collection, on offer to the Gallery on condition it is upgraded to museum-standard.  Read more here


Film tells the story of reluctant Frances Hodgkins sitter




Frances-Hodgkins, The goose girl, 1905. 


Courtesy of the Field Collection Trust.

View the film on Youtube here


Paraparaumu’s Red Capewell may now be in her ‘80s but age hasn’t dimmed her recollection of the time her mother-in-law, Alice, was asked by our most acclaimed expatriate painter, Frances Hodgkins to sit for two paintings.

Red tells the story in a new short film, Alice’s Secret, produced by Mahara Gallery. Download the film here.
When Frances Hodgkins and her friend Dorothy Kate Richmond came to Paraparaumu on a painting holiday in 1905, they looked for someone to carry their equipment.

“Frances was told to go across the road to the Berretti house because there were four girls there and surely one of them could carry her easel,” says Red Capewell in the film.

“Well, she knocked on the door and Alice Berretti answered and she had her hair all tucked up in a tam ‘o shanter – beautiful, Italian, auburn hair. But she didn’t like it because she got teased.”

When Frances Hodgkins saw the hair she told Alice that she wanted to paint her. The result was Babette, now held in the Dowse Art Museum in Lower Hutt and Goose Girl, one of the best known of Frances Hodgkins’ works held in the Kāpiti-based Field Collection.

The film gets its title from Alice’s reluctance to tell anybody about the sittings. The family didn’t find out until a gathering to celebrate Alice’s 70th birthday.
Alice’s Secret has been written and directed by Kevin Ramshaw and filmed and edited by Dean Hapeta of Kia Kaha Productions.

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