Term 2, 2017


On Going Out with the Tide

Term 2, 2017

Don’t miss out on an exciting term at City Gallery with four new exhibitions.

The ground-floor galleries will be filled with work by Colin McCahon, New Zealand’s most celebrated painter. On Going Out with the Tide features paintings from the 1960s and 1970s that were inspired by Māori language, culture and history. 

Upstairs we have digital paintings by Petra Cortright, an LA-based artist, in the show RUNNING NEO-GAMES UNDER MAME. Cortright manipulates internet-sourced imagery using online software to formulate ‘digital paint’ which she uses to build multi-layered, slow-moving, colourful, abstract, artworks.

 Also in the upper level galleries we have a project by Italian-born furniture designer Martino Gamper who made 100 Chairs in 100 Days by bringing together elements of old found chairs to create new, poetic and humorous hybrids. 

And in the auditorium we will be showing  Shannon Te Ao’s video performance work Untitled (McCahon House Studies) in which the artist recites a waiata in McCahon’s former family home and studio in Titirangi.

Get in touch for more information or to make a booking. We’d love to see you.
Contact Claire or Helen

We’re looking forward to seeing you soon. 

Teachers Preview
4 May 4.30 – 6pm

Join us for a curator led tour of exhibitions by Colin McCahon, Petra Cortright and Martino Gamper. Enjoy refreshments in the education studio and find out more about the education programmes on offer this term. Then stay on for the Gallery’s monthly Tuatara Open Late evening of art, music, talks, food and drinks.

RSVP to Citygalleryeducation@experiencewellington.org.nz


Digital Painting at City Gallery  and Capital E
10am – 2.30pm | Years 4 – 11 | $10

Spend the day developing digital technology skills and learning about painting – past, present and future.  At City Gallery students will take inspiration from Colin McCahon’s painting from the 1960s and 1970s, and Petra Cortright’s colourful, slow-moving, digital artworks. They’ll experiment with painting techniques in the education studio to create multi-layered compositions.  At Capital E’s MediaLab students will make their own digital collages, then immerse themselves in the futuristic world of painting, creating 3D artworks in virtual reality.

Learning areas: Visual Art, Digital Technology, VR
Themes: Painting, Digital painting, Animation


Art and Language Tour and Workshop
2 hours | All ages | $3

Explore the exhibition On Going Out with the Tide, look at Colin McCahon’s text-filled paintings from the 1960s and 1970s, and find out about the Māori language, history and beliefs that inspired the work. Students will develop their te reo Māori language skills by taking part in activities in the Gallery and create artworks with text in the Education Studio.

Learning areas: Visual Art, Te Reo Māori, English
Themes: Māori culture, Painting


Art and Design Tour and Workshop
2 hours | All ages | $3

Take a close look at the curious chairs created by Martino Gamper who set himself the challenge to build 100 Chairs in 100 DaysStudents will examine Gamper’s creative process of dismantling old found chairs and other items of discarded furniture and reconfiguring their parts into new chairs. Inspired by his work, students will use divergent thinking skills and collage techniques to take apart images of found furniture, and use their elements to create designs for new, quirky furniture.

Learning areas: Visual Art, Design
Themes: Furniture design, Recycling, Collage


Guided Tour
1 hour | All ages | Free

Take part in Gallery discussions and activities to explore any or all of our new season of exhibitions, tailored to suit your class.

Programme Times
Our tour and workshop programmes start at 10am and 12.30pm. Guided tours are available to suit your timetable.

Bookings and Enquiries
All programmes can be adapted to suit your interests. Contact an educator to discuss your needs.


Claire Hopkins T: 04 913 9029
Helen Lloyd T: 04 913 9031