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Te Whare Toi o Heretaunga - Hastings City Art Gallery offers free education programmes to all levels and learning abilities. Our dynamic programmes and art-making workshops encourage tamariki and rangatahi to explore their personal responses to, and deepen their understanding of, contemporary art.

Our education programmes change regularly with our exhibitions. They are easily tailored to individual classes' learning outcomes and students of all learning abilities.

We can also bring our interactive programmes to you, so students can engage with contemporary art within the familiarity of a school setting.

Each of our programmes are developed in line with the New Zealand National Curriculum, and are supported by the Ministry of Education’s LEOTC (Learning Experiences Outside The Classroom) programme.

Please note, our education programme takes precautions to ensure the safety and wellbeing of our staff and visitors at all times. We are currently operating at limited capacity, due to the spread of Covid-19. For more information about our Health & Safety guidelines, please get in touch.

If you would like to make an enquiry or booking, please contact Juliet Cottrell on 027 332 5496 or email julietc@hdc.govt.nz.

Te Pō Uriuri: Poutu Puketapu

Te Pō Uriuri: Poutu Puketapu

Available Monday 20 June – Friday 26 August | Te Pō Uriuri is an immersive experience retelling the pūrakau/legend of Uru, the eldest child of Ranginui and Papatūānuku. This installation embodies the safe haven, Te Kahutuanui-a-Rangi, the cloak of Uri’s father, where he fled, seeking refuge as he withdrew from his whānau. Uru sits here as a contemporary koruru in an era of deep darkness – Te Pō Uriuri. In a modern society where so many feel disconnected from their ancestral roots, Poutu believes that works based on purākau/legend may act as an umbilical cord to whakapapa. This work marks the beginning of Poutu’s studies for his Master’s degree and he hopes that all who enter will offer their own interpretation. He is excited to share with you this multimedia work and let the space that he has created draw you in.

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NZQA Top Art Exhibition

NZQA Top Art Exhibition

15 August - 26 August | We are excited to announce that the NZQA Top Art exhibition is coming to Hastings City Art Gallery from Monday 15 to Friday 26 August. Top Art is an annual touring exhibition of the best and highest achieving 2021 NCEA portfolios from around the country. Five streams are covered, including design, painting, photography, printmaking and sculpture.

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Landscapes of Loss: Lisa Chandler

Landscapes of Loss: Lisa Chandler

Available Monday 13 September – Friday 2 December. Lisa Chandler is a contemporary history painter - she looks closely at our moment in time and explores such issues as gentrification, migration, social and economic injustice, climate change and the current pandemic. Chandler employs her love of painting to portray how these events affect individuals and communities. Her paintings tell stories of loss, isolation, grief and exhaustion, but they also offer hope - showing how people unite together and support each other in difficult times. Alongside her large-scale paintings, she also creates works on paper, often including collage and printmaking techniques.

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Cellular Memory: Elizabeth Thomson

Cellular Memory: Elizabeth Thomson

Available Monday June 13 – Friday August 19. For over 30 years, Wellington-based sculptor/installation artist Elizabeth Thomson has been drawn to areas of scientific knowledge such as botany, microbiology, oceanography and mathematics. In Thomson’s art we recognise not only the beginnings of life in microscopic, cellular structures but also the pulse of energy through water, the patterning of wind on sand and the cycles of growth and decay that characterise all life on our planet. In these meditative, beguiling, vital works, we begin to sense the curious intelligence and sensibility of our world — the many-layered environment of which we are a part. Thomson’s works incorporate photographic source materials as well as techniques drawn from the fields of painting, sculpture, craft traditions and practical science.

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Terminus: Jess Johnson & Simon Ward

Terminus: Jess Johnson & Simon Ward

Available Monday May 2 - Friday October 21 | Be prepared to have your mind blown with our next interactive exhibition, Terminus. Terminus is a fully immersive virtual reality exhibition by artists Jess Johnson and Simon Ward. With their pioneering use of virtual reality, Johnson’s psychedelic drawings and designs are brought to life through animation by Ward. This exhibition transports viewers to an immersive digital realm, where they will explore surreal landscapes, forms, figures, shapes and buildings. The virtual reality is also complemented by quilts created by Johnson and her mother Cynthia Johnson, which have not been shown in Aotearoa before. This interactive exhibition is one not to be missed!

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Art Explorers

Art Explorers

Available all year. Art Explorers is our programme specifically designed for early learners. With a strong focus on wellbeing, belonging, contribution, communication and exploration, this programme adopts plenty of hands-on components to keep students engaged throughout.

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My Home Town in Art

My Home Town in Art

Available all year. In this programme, students will look at how artists have captured the Hawke's Bay through landscape art. We will think about our associations with local places, and how artists depict nature, landscape and place in their art.

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Virtual Classroom

Virtual Classroom

Available all year | We are now offering afternoon Zoom classes. Come for a walk around the gallery with our educator and feel as if you are there in person! We can also package up the materials needed to complete a related art activity for you to do in school, as a post-tour activity.

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Environmental Art (offsite programme)

Environmental Art (offsite programme)

Available all year. In Environmental Art, students will explore the ephemeral artworks of Andy Goldsworthy. We will learn more about the ways in which Goldsworthy rearranges natural forms in his artwork, and the surprising effects this creates. We also will think about why artists create artwork using natural materials, and how this process can help us gain a deeper connection to Papatūānuku.

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Collage and Zine-Making (offsite programme)

Collage and Zine-Making (offsite programme)

Available all year. In this offsite programme, we explore the fascinating world of collage art together! We will look at a brief history of collage, as well as the artists who pioneered this movement.

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Bespoke Programmes and Gallery Tours

Bespoke Programmes and Gallery Tours

Available all year. If our programmes don't suit your learning focus, we can run a bespoke programme tailored to your specific learning needs. We can explore the gallery spaces, make art together, or work with a particular theme relevant to exhibitions on display and your focus.

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Birgit Moffatt: Ko Papatūānuku e takoto ake nei (Online Learning Pack)

Birgit Moffatt: Ko Papatūānuku e takoto ake nei (Online Learning Pack)

Available all year. In this online learning pack, students will have the chance to explore Birgit Moffatt exhibition. This learning pack includes a information sheets, worksheet, art activity and an experiment.

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Andy Leleisi’uao: KAMOAN MINE (Online Learning Pack)

Andy Leleisi’uao: KAMOAN MINE (Online Learning Pack)

Available all year. In this online learning pack, students will have the chance to explore Andy Leleisi'uao's paintings in depth, and work as art detectives to learn more about the diverse themes that inform his artwork.

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Monday to Saturday, 10am – 4.30pm
Sunday, 1pm - 4pm
OPEN public holidays

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