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At Hastings City Art Gallery, we offer FREE education programmes to suit students of all levels and learning abilities. Our dynamic programmes and art-making workshops encourage tamariki and rangitahi to explore their personal responses to, and deepen their understanding of, contemporary art.

All education programmes are developed and led by Gallery Educator, Kelsey Hankins, and are adapted to the gallery’s regularly changing exhibition programme. Each programme has the flexibility to be tailored to suit individual classes, and students of all different learning abilities. Talk to us about how programmes can be shaped around your learning focus and adapted to suit your students.

We also offer a series of offsite learning experiences, where we bring our interactive programmes to you! This provides a unique opportunity for students to 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.

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

DARRYL THOMSON ARTIST WORKSHOPS

DARRYL THOMSON ARTIST WORKSHOPS

Tuesday 10, Wednesday 11 and Thursday 12 August, 10am onward. As part of 'te MOKO on our face / in your face', artist and renowned musician Darryl ‘DLT’ Thomson is running artist workshops. In preparation for these workshops, Darryl is designing 6-metre long artworks adorned with imagery that tell stories about Heretaunga, historical references, Rongokako and more.

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AYESHA GREEN SECONDARY SCHOOLS FLOOR TALK

AYESHA GREEN SECONDARY SCHOOLS FLOOR TALK

Friday 13 August 10am - 11am. Join award-winning artist Ayesha Green for an artist floor talk and exclusive preview of her exhibition 'To the best of my Knowledge'. Programme available to secondary students only.

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TE MOKO ON OUR FACE / IN YOUR FACE

TE MOKO ON OUR FACE / IN YOUR FACE

Available until Friday 13 August. Explore the world of contemporary Māori art in our new education programme, te MOKO on our face / in your face. Curated by Dr Sandy Adsett, this exhibition features a collection of works by Iwi Toi Kahungunu Artist Collective.

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AYESHA GREEN: TO THE BEST OF MY KNOWLEDGE

AYESHA GREEN: TO THE BEST OF MY KNOWLEDGE

Monday 23 August - Friday 26 November. In this programme, students will explore Ayesha Green’s exhibition, To the best of my Knowledge. To the best of my Knowledge looks at the visual language and history of native schooling in New Zealand, with a focus on Hukarere Girls' College, founded in 1875.

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CAROLE SHEPHEARD: OUT OF THE SHADOWS, A PRINT JOURNEY WITH CAROLE SHEPHEARD AND FRIENDS

CAROLE SHEPHEARD: OUT OF THE SHADOWS, A PRINT JOURNEY WITH CAROLE SHEPHEARD AND FRIENDS

Monday 6 September - Friday 5 November. In this programme, we will explore the artwork in Carole Shepheard’s retrospective exhibition, Out of the Shadows: a print journey with Carole Shepheard and friends. Carole is a well-known and celebrated printmaking artist, with a long and varied career.

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E-TŪ: ART & ACTIVISM

E-TŪ: ART & ACTIVISM

Available all year. In this programme, students will explore the ways in which art can be used as a platform to spread a message, support a movement and act as a form of protest. We will examine both international and local artists, and learn about key artworks supporting particular movements, protests and ideas.

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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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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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LOOKING AT ART: Bespoke Programme

LOOKING AT ART: Bespoke Programme

Available all year. Looking at Art is a bespoke programme that can be 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 learning 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
Closed on public holidays.

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