Happy coincidence of art and science in Covid ‘message’




Photo: Science and art making its point: photographer Bob Zuur (left) with print-maker Joe Buchanan (right), pointing to the letter “C” in Joe Buchanan’s Lockdown Alphabet. While the letter “C” could refer to Covid, it could also be an oblique reference to the sea that occupied much of their professional life.

A new Mahara Gallery double exhibition delivers a Covid 19 message in the form of work by two Paekakariki artists who in their professional lives have both been marine scientists.

Photographer Bob Zuur brings his acclaimed, Portraits from a Village in Lockdown to the Gallery while print-maker Joe Buchanan is showing his remarkable Lockdown Alphabet. Read more here

You are warmly invited to the opening of four exhibitions with Mahara Board chairman Les Holborow and art writer, editor and curator Mark Amery on Saturday 5 September at 5pm with artists Ben Caldwell, Joe Buchanan and Bob Zuur. 
Ben Caldwell, Living the Dream.
Joe Buchanan, The Lockdown Alphabet.
Frances Hodgkins & the Field Collection.
Bob Zuur, The Bubbles of Paekakariki,
Portraits from a Village in Lockdown.
 The exhibitions run 8 September – 31 October.




Hodgkins "gangster" representation no surprise



Koro Don Te Maipi blesses the mural.


Waikanae artist, Kate Hartmann wasn’t entirely surprised when Mayor K Gurunathan told her, tongue in cheek, he’d never seen celebrated artist Frances Hodgkins represented as a “gangster”.


The representation, on the wall outside the entrance to the former Waikanae library, is a large instagram image of Hodgkins based on a well-known photo from the 1920s but re-imagined for modern times. Read more here




 Gallery is Operating Under Covid-19 Alert Level 2

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Weaving Demonstration Cancelled

Due to the return to level 2, the weaving demonstration on the 13th of August at the gallery has been cancelled.

Te Wananga students and tutors feature in Matariki exhibition



Photo: left to right: Pip Devonshire,Hinepūororangi Tahupārae, Whaea Sonia Snowden, Dianne Prince, Chris Gerretzen and Elaine Bevan.


Mahara Gallery is celebrating Matariki, the Maori New Year with an exhibition which features 54 mahi toi, artworks by 30 weavers and carvers who are past and present tauira (students) and tutors of Otaki’s Te Wānanga o Raukawa.

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Thank you to our wonderful volunteers



We took advantage of International Volunteer Week to thank the wonderful volunteers who provide a friendly face at reception and perform a host of other important tasks that help us make our Gallery the success it is. Pictured in some winter sunlight with Gallery Director Janet Bayly, from left to right are: Janet Bayly, Sarah Jobson, Anne Goble. Harri Ramshaw, Helen McClurg, Addy Irion, Pauline Darlington, Chris Blackler, and Jilly Martin.



Exhibition celebrates Jack Register’s love of landscapes


Photo: Dianne Register-Stout in Mahara Gallery with her father’s painting, Eastbourne and an image of the artist painting, as he liked to do, en plein air.


An exhibition in the Gallery of mostly Wellington landscapes celebrates the life of Palmerston North artist Jack Register, who, in the words of his daughter, Dianne Register-Stout, had a life-long passion for the land and its people.


Titled Capital Views, it is the first exhibition of the artist’s work since he died in 2018. Sixteen works are on display, all from the collection left to his daughter. Read more here

Great funding boost for Gallery project



Our project which aims to bring Mahara Gallery up to professional gallery standard and enable it to accept the gift of the Field Collection has received a major boost following private donations totalling almost $250,000. Read more here

Covid 19 no obstacle to local artists’ ‘lockdown’ Mahara Gallery show




Thirty-seven local artists, who had agreed to contribute all or part of sales in a Mahara Gallery exhibition to the Gallery’s redevelopment project, are determined that Covid 19 will not deter them.


From Friday 1 May, their work can be viewed and purchased as part of an on-line exhibition titled re-framed//lockdown, using the Gallery’s website and Face-book page.


Gallery Director Janet Bayly says the idea for the show was conceived late last year before Covid 19 was even on the horizon.

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No apologies for ‘challenging’ exhibitions



Pictured with Robyn Kahukiwa's Mana Maori Motuhake, 2019 are, from left, Riki Kahukiwa, mokopuna of Robyn Kahukiwa, and artists Reweti Arapere and Erena Baker.


Mahara Gallery Director-curator Janet Bayly makes no apologies for the provocative potential of the Gallery’s current exhibitions, which address the impact of colonization on Aotearoa, New Zealand from different perspectives.

Let’s NOT Celebrate Captain Cook by Maori artist Robyn Kahukiwa in particular challenges the accepted interpretation of Captain Cook’s visits to New Zealand.

Amokura is included in the NZ Arts Festival and showcases work by Erena Baker and Reweti Arapere. It is concerned with the healthy continuance of Maori culture in contemporary Aotearoa New Zealand but as Janet Bayly says, “in a less directly illustrative or overtly politicised way”.  Read more

Mahara ‘founder’ artists return for anniversary exhibition



Photo: the three Mahara Gallery founder-artists with Gallery Director, Janet Bayly. From left: Janet Bayly, Mary Zohrab, Bob Gibbs and Robyn Rogerson.


Three Kāpiti artists who were among the original group of artists and supporters responsible for the founding of Mahara Gallery 25 years ago, have returned to the Gallery to exhibit their work. Mahara Marks 25 years, an exhibition featuring the work of Mary Zohrab, Robyn Rogerson and Bob Gibbs, was officially opened by the foundation Chairman of the Mahara Gallery Trust Board, Chris Turver. Read more

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