• Date: 16 October 2017
  • Time: Monday, 6pm
  • Cost: Free

Adrian Humphris, co-author of Raupo to Deco: Wellington Styles and Architects 1840-1940, celebrates a century of Wellington architectural achievement. 

City Talks is an initiative of the New Zealand Institute of Architects Wellington Branch and presented in partnership with City Gallery Wellington. 

  • Date: 14 October 2017
  • Time: Saturday, 10am - 4pm
  • Cost: $63-$93

New Zealand’s third annual Art Crime Symposium. Art historians, museum professionals, law-enforcement representatives and lawyers explore art crime. The Symposium will cover many aspects of art crime both in New Zealand and beyond.

View the programme here.

In partnership with the New Zealand Art Crime Research Trust.

Early bird rate up to 22 September $78/unwaged $63

Standard rate from 23 September $93/unwaged $78


  • Date: 11 - 13 October 2017
  • Time: 10am – 4pm
  • Cost: $50

Artist Gabby O’Connor’s workshops are for creative kids aged 5–14 years.

Wednesday 11 October, 10am–4pm 

Create collage and watercolours, inspired by John Stezaker’s work. 

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Thursday 12 October, 10am–4pm 

Experiment with casting, inspired by artist Jasmine Togo-Brisby’s work.

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Friday 13 October, 10am–4pm 

Choose your own project. Try your hand at sculpture, softy-making, painting or drawing.

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  • Date: 12 October 2017
  • Time: Thursday, 6pm
  • Cost: Free

Artist Judy Millar introduces Miroslav Tichý: Tarzan Retired, a documentary about the Czechoslovakian outsider photographer. Followed by cash bar. 

In partnership with Robert Heald Gallery. 

2004, Dir. Roman Buxbaum, 32min

  • Date: 28 August 2017
  • Time: Monday, 6pm
  • Cost: Free

Curators Yung Ma and Susanne Pfeffer discuss their curatorial methodologies and careers. 


Yung Ma is the Curator of the Contemporary Art and Prospective Department at the Centre Pompidou, Paris, a role that was created in collaboration with the K11 Art Foundation. Formerly Associate Curator of Moving Image at M+ in Hong Kong, he had been part of the core curatorial team for M+ since its inception in 2011, and twice co-curator of the Hong Kong Pavilion at the Venice Biennale (2013 and 2009). At M+, he looked after the institution's moving image portfolio, helping to define and build the collection while conceiving the ongoing M+ Screenings series and the exhibition Mobile M+: Moving Images, 2015.

Susanne Pfeffer is an art historian and curator based in Germany. She has been Director of Fridericianum, Kassel since 2013. Pfeffer is currently serving as curator for the German Pavilion at the 57th Biennale di Venezia presenting Anne Imhof’s exhibition Faust, which was awarded the Golden Lion for best national pavilion. She curated the Swiss Pavilion at the 56th Biennale di Venezia, presenting an immersive installation Our Product by Pamela Rosenkranz.

Ma and Pfeffer's visit is supported through Creative New Zealand's Te Manu Ka Tau: Flying Friends international visitors programme; The Asia New Zealand Foundation (Yung Ma); Goethe-Institut Neuseeland (Susanne Pfeffer); the Govett-Brewster Art Gallery/Len Lye Centre; and the International Visiting Curators Program, developed and presented by Artspace Sydney in partnership with UNSW Art & Design. 

Spells are cast, thresholds crossed and astrological charts consulted in Occulture: The Dark Arts, opening at City Gallery Wellington on Saturday 12 August. Taking over the ground floor, the show highlights the age-old connection between art and the occult. It brings together 60 works by contemporary and historic artists, local and international, that explore occult powers, rituals and symbols.

“History has been littered with attempts to shun or ban ‘hidden knowledge’, however it never quite goes away. Certain periods have been open to these alternative possibilities, and we live in one such moment,” says Curator Aaron Lister, “This exhibition looks at contemporary art’s role in this resurgence of the occult.”

The exhibition—which takes its name from the term ‘occulture’ coined by British academic Christopher Partridge to describe a normalising of the occult in contemporary life—features contemporary artists who push the symbolic, formal and material languages of occult traditions into new forms. Australian artist Mikala Dwyer casts a spell in the form of a wall painting. Dane Mitchell’s Celestial Fields were made in collaboration with a Gwanju shaman through ritualistic encounters. The Liquidation Maps of Taiwanese artist Yin-Ju Chen explore possible links between atrocities in Asia and astrology. Fiona Pardington presents altars in photographic and sculptural form, and there is a perfume carrying the scent of the apocalypse by Thomson & Craighead (UK).

Featuring alongside these contemporary artists are key earlier artists and works, among them paintings by Aleister Crowley, the infamous English ceremonial magician; Rosaleen Norton, the Dunedin-born 'Witch of Kings Cross’; and Kenneth Anger’s film Lucifer Rising. This is the first time Crowley and Norton’s work have been shown in New Zealand.

The exhibition will be accompanied by a series of public programmes bringing in other practitioners of occulture from music, performance and film. See citygallery.org.nz/events

Artists: Kenneth Anger (US), Leo Bensemann (NZ), Yin-Ju Chen (TAIWAN), Eleanor Cooper (NZ), Aleister Crowley (UK), Simon Cuming (NZ), Mikala Dwyer (AUS), FULGUR (UK), Henry Fuseli (SUI), Jason Greig (NZ), Dane Mitchell (NZ), Rosaleen Norton (NZ/AUS), Tony Oursler (US), Fiona Pardington (NZ), Lorene Taurerewa (NZ), Thomson & Craighead (UK), Brendon Wilkinson (NZ).

Occulture: The Dark Arts
12 August – 19 November, 2017 | Free entry
City Gallery Wellington, Civic Square

For all media enquiries, please contact Olivia Lacey, olivial@experiencewellington.org.nz 

(Image: Yin-Ju Chen Liquidation Maps: East Timorese Crisis, East Timor, 1999 2014)

Occulture: The Dark Art is supported by Buratti Fine Arts, Perth and Asia: NZ Foundation

  • Date: 5 October 2017
  • Time: Thursday, 5-10pm
  • Cost: Entry by donation

Art, music, film, talks, beer, wine, food, magick.

We celebrate the 100-year anniversary of Rosaleen Norton’s birth with a night of witches. Cynthia Crosse (Ordo Templi Orientis) discusses Norton, and Pam Grossman, teacher of magic, Skypes in from New York. Plus performances from HEX and Mermaidens.

There will also be supper treats from House of Dumplings and a cash bar. 


Cynthia Crosse is a member of Ordo Templi Orientis, an international fraternal and religious organisation founded at the beginning of the 20th century. She will disucss the life and work of artist and witch Rosaleen Norton, the 'Witch of Kings Cross'.

New York-based Pam Grossman is an independent curator, writer, and teacher of magical practice and history. She is the creator of Phantasmaphile, a blog that specialises in art with an esoteric or fantastical bent, which she has maintained since 2005. Pam is the author of What Is A Witch.

HEX draw on influences spanning classical to folk to punk to metal. Since late 2015, HEX have performed regularly throughout New Zealand. 

Wellington band the Mermaidens formed in 2013, and have toured extensively with their unique sound that dips into influences of post-punk, grunge and gothic blues. They recently released their new album Perfect Body on Flying Nun Records.

  • Date: 30 September 2017
  • Time: Saturday, 11am - 4pm
  • Cost: Free

Fun art activities for the whole whānau on the first weekend of the school holidays. Explore our exhibitions, catch film screenings, draw, look and make.  The line up includes: 

  • Flash fiction fairytales from LitCrawl writers Jo Randerson, Sacha Cotter, Jonny Potts and Chris Tse | 12pm and 2pm
  • Witchy storytime with LaQuisha St Redfern: Books include Room on the Broom, The Witch in the Cherry Tree, The Witch at the Wellington Library and The Dark | 11am, 1pm and 3pm
  • Story starter activity cards designed by illustrator Josh Morgan | ALL DAY
  • Creative collage inspired by John Stezaker: Lost World | ALL DAY
  • Short films from Square Eyes Film Foundation | 11.30am, 12.30pm, 1.30pm, 2.30pm and 3.30pm

Supported by City Gallery Wellington Foundation

  • Date: 19 October 2017
  • Time: Thursday, 7.30pm
  • Cost: $30/$20

Stroma explores the scintillating sounds of the minimalist movement. Immerse yourself in hypnotic works by Eve de Castro-Robinson, Georg Friedrich Haas, Alison Isadora, Steve Reich and Julia Wolfe as well as a rare performance of Terry Riley’s In C.


  • Steve Reich: Double Sextet for ensemble
  • Julia Wolfe: Lick for ensemble
  • Alison Isadora: New work for string quartet
  • Eve de Castro-Robinson: Four Marimbulations for solo marimba
  • Terry Riley: In C for ensemble


Please note: the event date has changed, this performance was originally scheduled for Thu 28 September. We apologise for any inconvenience caused. 

  • Date: 27 September 2017
  • Time: Wednesday, 6pm
  • Cost: Free - bookings essential

Set in post-earthquake Christchurch, The Changeover follows troubled teen Laura Chant who must become a witch in order to save her little brother Jacko from an evil ancient spirit. Adapted from Margaret Mahy's award-winning young adult novel.

Followed by a Q+A with the directors, Miranda Harcourt and Stuart McKenzie.

2017, 1hr32min

View the Trailer here