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Must-see art in March

By Josie 27 Feb 2019

Summer is almost over but Wellington's art scene is just heating up! There's loads to see and do on the art trail this month, from instrument making workshops to stunning trans-pacific documentary photography, to an exhibition depicting a ‘new god’.

Here are our picks of the top art experiences to be had in the capital this month.


City Gallery

This month's Tuatara Open Late series sees the return of the gallery's Book Club, along with a series of artist perspectives on Yona Lee: In Transit.

The magnificent ongoing exhibition, From Scratch: 555 Moons, will inspire both the young and young-at-heart to make their own instruments, literally from scratch. And be sure to catch ‘Heart’Heart’Heart’ – a performance by experimental instrumentalists, From Scratch.

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Potocki Paterson Gallery

Lovers of myth and mystery – head to David Le Fleming’s magical exhibition 'Original Myth' at Potoki Paterson Gallery. This is a unique opportunity to see Le Fleming’s tactile paintings depicting a 'new god' – a contemporary god fashioned for a new world with a fast-changing political, environmental and social landscape.

  • Original Myth by David Le Fleming, on now until 24 March
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The Dowse

Head to Lower Hutt's premiere gallery for two captivating new exhibitions: 'All I want to be', a family-friendly exhibition about imagination and play, and 'Making Conversation', a story of makers connected through craft.

Catch the last Summer in Dowse Square event for 2019, with performances by Horifyde, Amba Holly and lots of whānau-friendly activities.

  • All I want to be, 2 March - 26 May
  • Making Conversation, 2 March - 16 June
  • Summer in Dowse Square, Sunday 3 March
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Pātaka Arts

Take a trip to Kāpiti on the Friends of Pātaka Arts Trail – a two-day exploration of local art and visits to art studios around the region. From traditional Māori-influenced weavers to artists who bring expressions from Tokelau, the Cook Islands, Samoa, Myanmar, and Indonesia; you'll see unique works to suit all tastes and budgets.

When you stop-off at Pātaka Arts, don’t miss the 17th Annual Wallace Art Awards 2018 Exhibition of Winners and Finalists, and the poignant sculpture exhibition 'Pale History' by Sally Burton  a representation of the violent 1843 Wairau Valley land war.

MARCHART 1 3 Photo credit: New Zealand Portrait Gallery

New Zealand Portrait Gallery

If you're an appreciator of portrait photography, make a beeline for 'Edith and George: In Our Sea of Islands'. The exhibition brings together works by celebrated contemporary New Zealand photographer, Edith Amituanui, and the historical work of the late Cook Island-based photographer, George Robson Crummer. 

The exhibition coincides with the 250th anniversary of the first encounters between the indigenous people of the Pacific and Europeans. Don't miss the chance to see some stunning documentary photography that builds “a bridge across the Pacific”.

MARCHART 1 4 Photo credit: Bartley + Company Art

Bartley + Company Art

This month you'll find 'Folded', an exhibition of work by New Zealand artist Helen Calder. It's the fourth exhibition at the gallery for Calder who is gaining strong recognition for her ability to explore the boundaries of space, colour, light, line and form, giving painting a whole new perspective.

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