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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.

Star Waka and Nikau Hindin, Kōkōrangi ki Kōkōwai

Star Waka and Nikau Hindin, Kōkōrangi ki Kōkōwai

Available Monday 28 March - Friday 20 May. In this programme, we will explore two exhibitions grounded in te ao Māori - Star Waka and Nikau Hindin, Kōkōrangi ki Kōkōwai. Students will explore the ways in which both exhibitions take inspiration from celestial navigation practices, Matariki, Maramataka and early Māori navigation and voyaging.

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Terminus: Jess Johnson & Simon Ward

Terminus: Jess Johnson & Simon Ward

Available Monday, May 2 - Friday, October 21. In this programme, the students will get to participate in the Terminus virtual reality experience, created by Jess Johnson and Simon Ward. We will also explore a scaled down map of Johnson’s ‘Worlds’ and then create a 2D humanoid head (older students) or a humanoid paper puppet (younger students). All classes will also participate in a collaborative drawing to create our own world and leave this behind for other schools to add to.

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Cellular Memory: Elizabeth Thomson

Cellular Memory: Elizabeth Thomson

Available Monday, June 6 - Friday, September 5. Elizabeth's Thomson's Cellular Memory incorporates photographic source materials as well as techniques drawn from the fields of painting, sculpture, craft traditions and practical science. Students will view and discuss the exhibition, explore the concept of how technology helps us to see tiny details and discuss the use of drawing within science for recording data about specimens, then use magnifying glasses on natural objects to create our own observational drawings and artworks of tiny natural forms.

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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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