• Date: 15 May 2017
  • Time: Monday, 6pm
  • Cost: Free

Winner of the 2016 New Zealand Institute of Architects Gold Medal, renowned Wellington architect Roger Walker talks about his work and life in architecture.

In partnership with the NZIA Wellington Branch. 

  • Date: 13 May 2017
  • Time: Saturday, 1-3.30pm | MediaLab at Capital E
  • Cost: $25/$20 Concession and Friends

Explore digital art making with Wellington-based artist Kerry Ann Lee at Capital E's MediaLab and create a computer-based artwork using online source material.

This workshop is aimed at people who are 16 years+, have basic computer skills and are interested in digital, post-internet art practice. 

In association with Petra Cortright: RUNNING NEO-GEO GAMES UNDER MAME.


Please note, this event takes place at CapitalE

About Kerry Ann Lee 

Kerry Ann Lee is a visual artist, designer and educator from Wellington who exhibits nationally and internationally. With a background in graphic art, she uses traditional and digital media to create socially engaged print and image-based works and installations. Her art meditates on themes of home, difference, and hybridity. It has also explored urban settlement and culture clash occurring in the Asia-Pacific region, particularly in Chinatowns.

In 2007, Lee was the recipient of the Asia New Zealand Emerging Researcher Award. In 2008, she created Home Made, an illustrated artist book and national touring art exhibition that presented an alternative cultural history of Chinese settlement in New Zealand. In 2009 she received a Fulbright Award to attend the Summer Residency Program at the School of Visual Arts in New York City, and she was an artist-in-residence at island6 Art Centre Shanghai through the WARE Programme. A survey of works created in Shanghai was shown at Toi Pōneke Gallery in Wellington in 2010. A work commissioned by The Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa was shown for 18 months and featured on the covers of Art News New Zealand and Art Zone. Her artwork can be found in print, online, and in public spaces and private collections throughout New Zealand, Australia, Europe, USA and China.

Lee is also known for her interest in punk music and work with self-published fanzines. Describing the evolution of her practice, she says:

Initially it came from a love and active interest in collage and punk poster graphics, record art, Dada and a lot of that historic use of montage. I learned the more elegant, craft aspect of Chinese paper cutting later on. I like that punk and Dada were more about upsetting popular imagery, a transformative reconfiguration of paper cutting to both reveal and take away.

Bio courtesy of Bartley + Company

  • Date: 27 April 2017
  • Time: Thursday, 6pm
  • Cost: Free

Artist André Hemer and curator Justin Paton walk through Colin McCahon: On Going Out with the Tide and Petra Cortright: RUNNING NEO-GEO GAMES UNDER MAME with City Gallery curators Robert Leonard and Aaron Lister.

Cash bar available. 

  • Date: 12 April 2017
  • Time: Wednesday, 5.30pm
  • Cost: Free

Daniel Beban (New Zealand), Janine Eisenächer (Germany) and Soraya Rhofir (France) discuss their experiences as artists on international residency programmes. Chaired by curator Melanie Oliver.

Presented in partnership with Goethe-Institut and Wellington City Council City Arts.

About the artists

Daniel Beban (New Zealand) is a musician and sound artist. He tours internationally with groups including Orchestra of Spheres, creates sound sculptures and sculptural instruments, produces radio documentaries and experimental radio works, makes field recordings, and conducts oral history research. Beban also runs Pyramid Club, a venue for experimental music and performances in Wellington. Beban was recently in Beijing for the Wellington Asia Residency exchange run by the Asia New Zealand Foundation and the Wellington City Council.

Janine Eisenächer (Germany) is a conceptual performance artist, curator and writer. Working both solo and within collectives, Eisenächer addresses themes of labour, politics and economies in the art field and wider questions of ethnology and identity related to gender, post-colonialism, feminism, racism and activism. She was a co-curator and co-organiser of the Berlin-based events Performer Stammtisch (2007-2011), and Platform Young Performance Artists (2010 and 2011). Eisenächer is currently undertaking an artist residency in Wellington through the Goethe-Institut in co-operation with Wellington City Council.

Soraya Rhofir (France) is a visual artist who specialises in internet art, collaging popular imagery, clip art, 16-bit video game graphics, banal and clichéd images to create small-scale and large immersive works that pose questions of aesthetics and explore ideas of national identities. Rhofir has had solo exhibitions at Les Eglises (2013) and Parc Saint-Leger (2012), both in France. She was shortlisted for the 2010 Prix Ricard art prize for artists under 40 in Paris, and for the international shortlist at Present-Future Artissima Turin International Art Fair (2014). Recently she has expanded into film work, acting as artistic director for independent American filmmaker Trent Harris' latest film. Rhofir is currently the 2017 Te Whare Hera artist in residence with Massey University College of Creative Arts, Wellington.

Melanie Oliver (New Zealand) is Senior Curator at the Dowse Art Museum. Melanie has held curatorial roles at Enjoy Public Art Gallery, Wellington, the Govett-Brewster Art Gallery, New Plymouth and Artspace, Sydney, and most recently, was the director of The Physics Room, Christchurch from 2012-2016. Melanie has also undertaken curatorial projects for One Day Sculpture, the Liverpool Biennial City States programme, RAMP Gallery, ST PAUL St Gallery and RM gallery. A published writer and speaker on the visual arts, Melanie also has an interest in the educational potential of cultural institutions, furthered by a period spent at the National Library of New Zealand.

This April, City Gallery Wellington presents an exhibition of work by one of New Zealand’s most celebrated artist, Colin McCahon (1919–87). On Going Out with the Tide explores McCahon’s evolving engagement with Māori subjects and themes in his works from the 1960s and 1970s. These works range from early treatments of koru imagery to later history paintings, referring to Māori prophets and highlighting land-rights issues.

On Going Out with the Tide seeks to understand these works in terms of tectonic shifts in New Zealand culture—emerging biculturalism. It restores a historical context to the work, by understanding it in terms of the times in which it was made, as well as considering the ways it has been read subsequently. McCahon's interest was fed by new resources on Māori culture, friendships with writers and artists, and the births of his Māori grandsons, Matiu and Peter (Tui). While McCahon’s interest in Māori culture sustained and consolidated longstanding features of his work, it also fundamentally changed it.

The exhibition fills the ground floor of the Gallery. There is a room of works from 1969 based on Matire Kereama’s book The Tail of the Fish, which includes The Canoe Tainui—the most expensive work to sell at auction in New Zealand. Other rooms address particular places: Muriwai (where McCahon had his studio), Parihaka, and Te Urewera.

City Gallery Chief Curator Robert Leonard says, “The exhibition is an opportunity to consider how increasing awareness of Māori culture and concerns shaped the work of New Zealand’s most celebrated artist’s most important period. We know there will be divergent views on the work. The show does not presume to offer the last word on the work—its meaning, significance, and politics—but to provide a platform for discussion. As part of the project, City Gallery will be presenting an accompanying programme of lectures, talks, and screenings.”

On Going Out with the Tide features major works from public and private collections in New Zealand and Australia. The exhibition is curated by Wystan Curnow and Robert Leonard.

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Colin McCahon: On Going Out with the Tide
April 8 – 31 July 2017 | Free entry
City Gallery Wellington, Civic Square
Wellington, New Zealand


Colin McCahon Tui Carr celebrates Muriwai Beach 1972. 
Private collection, courtesy Martin Browne Contemporary, Sydney.
Courtesy Colin McCahon Research and Publication Trust.

  • Date: 10 April 2017
  • Time: Monday, 6pm
  • Cost: Free

Maurice Clark is recognised for his commitment and contribution to the architectural landscape through his restoration projects of some of Wellington's most notable heritage buildings.

With a history in construction and engineering and a skill in recognising smart and cost-effective ways of strengthening an existing built structure, Clark has enabled a large number of Wellington's structurally vulnerable buildings to be restored and repurposed. His talk will give an insight into the engineering strategies he employs to restore the structural integrity and inhabitability of a building illustrated by projects such as Victoria University of Wellington's Hunter Building (1904), old Government Buildings (1876), Museum of Wellington City and Sea (1892), and most recently and notably the Old Public Trust Building (1908)—a building that others saw as beyond saving after the 2013 earthquake.

Clark describes his work as the necessity to envision what the new life and use for a building will be. He is committed to seeing that our heritage buildings are not just strengthened and left, nor seen as objects to pull down, as we continue to ask what significant values heritage buildings offer to our city.

In partnership with the New Zealand Institute of Architects, Wellington. Refreshments served. 

  • Date: 30 April 2017
  • Time: Sunday, 11am - 4pm
  • Cost: Free

Visit City Gallery for fun art activities the whole whānau can enjoy on the last weekend of the school holidays.

Explore our exhibitions and see major works by Colin Mccahon, Petra Cortright's digital paintings and Martino Gamper's 100 Chairs. Be inspired by the exhibitions and make a chair or a badge, or both. 

Join TimoTimo for interactive storytelling and waiata responding to McCahon's work. 
Catch screenings from Square Eyes Film Foundation in the Auditorium. 

Activities Timetable: 

Ground floor, 12pm / 2pm
Interactive storytelling and waiata in Colin McCahon: On Going Out with the Tide. 

Square Eyes Film Screenings
Auditorium, 11.30am / 12.30pm / 1.30pm / 2.30pm / 3.30pm
Short film screenings inspired by the current exhibitions. 

Make a Chair
Education Studio, 11am -4pm
Experiment with everyday materials to construct your own chair, inspired by Martino Gamper’s works. 

Make a Badge
Reading Room, 11am – 4pm
Inspired by Petra Cortright’s digital paintings, make your own mini-collage-painting in the form of a badge to wear. 

LOOk! cards
Art Cart / all galleries, 11am – 4pm
Explore the current exhibitions with our fun LOOk! activity cards 

  • Date: 26 - 28 April 2017
  • Time: 10am-4pm
  • Cost: $50 each day

Craftcamp returns to the Gallery with workshops for creative kids aged 5-14 years. Choose from three workshops, each inspired by one of our current exhibitions. All workshops suit beginners to more experienced learners from 5-14 years.

Meeting place in the foyer of City Gallery Wellington, Civic Square. All workshops are held in the Gallery’s Education Studio, upstairs.

Craftcamp is run by Wellington artist Gabby O'Connor. Bookings are essential.

Snacks and lunch
Light morning/afternoon tea supplied (please email with any food allergies). The lunch hour 12.30-1.30pm is supervised. BYO lunch and water bottle.

Wednesday 26 April, 10am-4pm SORRY THIS SESSION IS FULLY BOOKED 

This session is inspired by the exhibition Colin McCahon: On Going Out with the Tide. Kids will experiment with drawing, collage and painting to create an explosion of colour. 

Thursday 27 April, 10am-4pm BOOK NOW

This session is inspired by the exhibition Martino Gamper: 100 Chairs in 100 Days. Kids will experiment with drawing chairs, make 3D chair works, then create their own sculpture.


This session is inspired by the exhibition Petra Cortright: RUNNING NEO-GEO GAMES UNDER MAME. Kids will experiment with drawing, collage and painting to create an explosion of colour.


  • Date: 18 April 2017
  • Time: Tuesday, 6pm
  • Cost: Free

Canadian curator and writer on photography, William A Ewing draws on several recent photography exhibitions to talk about how the curator moves from a ‘Platonic’ ideal (the ‘perfect’ exhibition) to the messy reality of compromises.

William A Ewing was Director of Exhibitions at the International Center of Photography, New York, and between 1996 and 2010, Director of the Musée de l’Elysée, Lausanne. Since 2010, he has worked as a curator for two foundations: the Foundation for the Exhibition of Photography, Minneapolis and Lausanne; and the Fondation Carène, Switzerland. He is also currently Director of Curatorial Projects for Thames & Hudson, London.

Ewing’s exhibitions have been shown at many major museums in America, Europe and Asia, including the Museum of Modern Art, New York; the Centre Pompidou, Paris; the Hayward Gallery, the Barbican Art Gallery, Somerset House and the Serpentine Gallery, London; the Kunsthaus Zürich; the Folkwang Museum, Essen; the National Museum Reina Sofia, Madrid; the Art Gallery of Ontario; and the Setagaya Museum, Tokyo.  

Ewing’s books include many monographs and thematic books, including The Body; The Face, and most recently, Landmark: The Fields of Landscape Photography and Edward Burtynsky: Essential Elements.  Since 2010, Ewing has been an Officer in the French Order of Arts and Letters. In 2016, he was given the Royal Photographic Society Award for Outstanding Service to Photography. He lives in Lausanne, Switzerland, and works between there and London.

  • Date: 26 April 2017
  • Time: Wednesday, 10.30am
  • Cost: Free

Join us for a mid-morning tour of Colin McCahon: On Going Out with the Tide in a baby-friendly environment for engaging with art. Gallery Babes is best suited to babies aged 0–12 months.

Bookings essential.