Art and exhibitions

Discover art workshops and exhibitions on the Kāpiti Coast

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Journeys By Nathan Ellen-Johnson Photography

Paraparaumu Public Library, 9 Iver Trask Place, Paraparaumu

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Come along and see local photographer Nathan Ellen-Johnson's exhibition as he takes you on a tour of the various ways we travel and what we see when we get there.

Hopefully some of the images you see will inspire you to travel somewhere new and create your own views and memories.

Admission is free, entrance to the right in the library main foyer. Exhibition is open during the library open hours.

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Relief Printing Workshop

20 Mahara Place, Waikanae

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Relief Printing Workshop with Joe Buchanan of Diatom Press is an event for ages 8+ and is limited to 10 participants at Mahara Gallery, Waikanae. For just $5 per person (door sales only) come along and learn how to create your own print from the master himself - Joe Buchanan.

Attendees will need to bring along an apron/old shirt. 

Joe has a PhD in seaweed or marine macroalgae (you can see it with the naked eye) which fulfilled his childhood ambition of being a marine biologist. He has great admiration for things that survive in awkward places – seaweed, liverworts, dinoflagellates.  He spent his youth printing pamphlets and posters for various human rights campaigns. Letterpress work is done with type collected as various printers moved offset. Joe uses an 8 x 5 Adana platen press. Joe's lino practice is evolving. Where possible Joe draws from life, transposes his drawings to lino blocks using secret* methods, cuts with Japanese woodworking tools, uses a variety of ink and prints and prints with his Adana or a French stencil cutting press. 

*Still deciding what works best

Joe Buchanan Diatom Press

Leaf Stitching Workshop

Mahara Gallery, 20 Mahara Place, Waikanae

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Leaf Stitching Workshop with artist Birgit Moffatt, for children aged 12 and over, limited to 10.

Birgit Moffatt is a German practicing artist, who calls New Zealand/Aotearoa her new home since she moved from her birth town Berlin to the lower part of the North Island in 2011. Coming to New Zealand was not only a change in culture, location and lifestyle but also the beginning of her creative adventure that eventually lead to an artistic career path. In 2017 she received the Bachelor of Applied Arts majoring in textiles. Birgit is currently working out of her studio where she creates art for galleries and exhibitions and also frequently runs workshops.

Email to book: [email protected]

Birgit Moffatt

Row Houses Workshop

20 Mahara Place, Waikanae

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Row Houses Workshop with artist Yvonne De Mille, is a free school-holiday workshop for children aged 7 and over and is limited to 10 participants.

Row Houses refers to tightly packed small houses. The workshop will involve each child creating one row house and assembling small interior structures (eg table/chair) using card, cut-out images and decorative paper. The row house can also be decorated on its exterior.

The idea of a pop-up lid or front will also be explored for inquisitive peeking into the finished row houses. 

Email to book: [email protected]

Row house