Hawera High School folios now on show

Hawera High School Exhibition
Monday 9th April – Saturday 28th April 2018

Every year the Lysaght Watt Gallery grants a valuable opportunity to Hawera High School students studying Art and Photography.

Selected folios from all three levels of NCEA are displayed in the Gallery, providing the pupils with a public platform to display their hard work and creative talents.

The exhibition not only highlights the students’ skills and inventiveness, it also showcases their improvement as they study over their senior high school years.

The Hawera High School show always draws large numbers of visitors flocking in to admire the artwork, as well as proud family and friends.

The folios are on show until Friday 28th April. Make sure to come along and see what South Taranaki’s young artists are creating!

Only 3 more days to see what our diverse locals can do!

Some more wonderful works from our current exhibition Diverse Locals. On till Thursday 29 Mar – ONLY 3 MORE DAYS! Make sure to come down and have a look before Easter.

This show features artwork by 45 South Taranaki artists – showcasing the wide range of skills, creative strengths and scope of subject and media they use.

Curated by Michaela Stoneman, South Taranaki District Council Arts Co-ordinator.

Find out more here: www.lysaghtwattgallery.co.nz/exhibitions

Diverse art and artists

Just a few of the fantastic works from our current exhibition Diverse Locals. On till Thu 29th Mar – make sure to have a look before Easter!

This show features work by 45 South Taranaki artists – showcasing the wide range of skills, creative strengths and scope of subject and media they use.

Curated by Michaela Stoneman, South Taranaki District Council Arts Co-ordinator.

Find out more here: www.lysaghtwattgallery.co.nz/exhibitions

Local artists use art to illustrate diversity

An article about our current Diverse Locals exhibitition – by Kris Boult on Stuff.co.nz.

Closer by Paul Hutchinson from Puniho (Oil on Board)

A new exhibition showcases a range of South Taranaki visual artists.

The Diverse Locals exhibit, at Hāwera’s Lysaght Watt Gallery, runs until March 29 and brings together the work of 45 artists with the aim to promote the wide range of skills, creative strengths and scope of subject and media they use.

South Taranaki District Council arts co-ordinator and exhibition curator Michaela Stoneman said they had not had an exhibition from them for a few years and there were some amazing people doing great things.

“By showcasing this work we’ll hopefully change local peoples perceptions of the creativity and artistic output we have in South Taranaki,” she said.

“We have a very clever bunch of artists working in our communities. I’m constantly blown away by their commitment, their contribution to our social framework and the vast range of skills they demonstrate through their work..”

Works include painting, sculpture, weaving, printmaking, fibre, photography, glass, assemblage, drawing and collage and feature artists from all areas of the South Taranaki district, including Waverley, Oeo, Warea, Ohawe, Patea, Opunake, Hawera, Eltham, Pungarehu and Whenuakura.

Stoneman said visual art could show a lot about identity and could help define who we were and how we responded to where we live.

“It’ll be interesting to see how it all works together and seeing some of the relationships that make the work South Taranaki,” she said.

South Taranaki has attracted a lot of new artists to the area so there will be a good mix of emerging as well as established artists work on display.

“There will be a lot of new work for people to see and some artists had even done work specifically for this exhibition,” Stoneman said.

Stoneman was encouraging people to come to the exhibition opening on March 6 at 6pm and to meet some of the artists and get a first hand account of their work.

“Every piece of work has a back story which is really interesting to hear.”

The South Taranaki artists featured in the exhibition are: Aaron Tippett, Barbara Clegg, Beck White, Bianca Mitchell, Bonita Bigham, Bonnie McIntee, Carl Fairweather, Caryl Murray, Cath Sheard, Cherie Do Vale, Cecilia Russell, Celeste & Mike Cole, Claire Jensen, Claire Whiston, Dale Copeland, Dimmie Danielewski, Dora Baker, Erryn Willcox, Errin Rita, Gabrielle Belz, Gaby Mullholland, Gail Thompson, Jennifer Laracy, Jimi Walsh, Jonny de Painter, Karen Dey, Lisa Walsh, Maree Liddington, Maree Stowe, Marianne Muggeridge, Mark Bellringer, Milli Purpil, Myfanwy Morris, Nicky Gray, Paul Burgham, Paul Hutchinson, Philip Nuku, Puhu Nuku, Rachael Johnson, Rhegan Brooks, Roger Morris, Scott Hayman, Terry Ashford and Viv Davy.

Source: Local artists use diversity to illustrate diversity | by KRIS BOULT, Stuff.co.nz, 11:50am March 6 2018

Diverse artworks on show

Our new show Diverse Locals STARTS TOMORROW – Wednesday 7th to Thursday 29th March.

This show brings together 45 South Taranaki artists, showcasing the wide range of skills, creative strengths, subject matter and media they use. Works will include painting, sculpture, weaving, printmaking, fibre, photography, glass, assemblage, drawing and collage.

Curated by Michaela Stoneman, South Taranaki District Council Arts Co-ordinator. Go to lysaghtwattgallery.co.nz/exhibitions for more information on the show.

Opening tonight for new show Diverse Locals

The opening for our new exhibition Diverse Locals is TONIGHT Tuesday 6th March at 6pm.

All welcome – come along, enjoy refreshments and meet the artists behind the work.

This show brings together 45 South Taranaki artists, showcasing the wide range of skills, creative strengths, subject matter and media they use. Works will include painting, sculpture, weaving, printmaking, fibre, photography, glass, assemblage, drawing and collage.

The exhibition runs from Wed 7 to Thu 29 March. Curated by Michaela Stoneman, South Taranaki District Council Arts Co-ordinator. Go to lysaghtwattgallery.co.nz/exhibitions for more information on the show.

Patea Museum Voyages into the Heartland with Batten family photos

Voyage into the Heartland: Photographic Works from the Batten Collection from Aotea Utanganui Museum of South Taranaki.

You can find more information on the exhibition here.


Voyage into the Heartland: Photographic Works from the Batten Collection will be travelling to the Lysaght-Watt Gallery in Hāwera from 7 February – 3 March 2018. Come and discover the photographic works of the Batten Family from Tokaora. New Zealanders have always had a desire to travel and discover the undiscoverable. From the 1957 journey to Antarctica by adventurer Sir Edmund Hillary(1919-2008), to Turi’s voyage from Rangiatea to New Zealand over 700 years ago, we have voyaging deep within our veins.

‘The three Plunket babies’ – This image of the three ‘Plunket babies’ shows the three children taking time out for a much needed refreshment of ‘Orange Sparkle’ drink. This relaxed approach to this image is an interesting snapshot during a break between their long, 300 mile journey.

“During the early 1930s the family set out across the North Island of New Zealand with their camera and a horse called Judy to photograph the central region of the Land of the Long White Cloud. Their perspective is a particular one, carrying us on a journey into early 20th century life in New Zealand with practical but sensitive objectivity. While their landscape images have a sense of objectivity and bleak isolation, their portraiture shows an affectionate bond between the photographers and subjects. This familiarity creates an unburdened, carefree outlook from each sitter they photograph. These experiences stretched their understanding of the world around them and ultimately had a great effect on the family.

‘Chateau and Buggy’ – The newly constructed grand Tongariro Chateau awaits the arrival of our weary visitors. In the early 1930’s this would have been both a welcome sight for the Batten family and a visually impressive one after living out of a tent for months.

Voyage into the Heartland showcases the Batten Collection, a unique photographic anthology exposing original landscapes of the 1930s unseen before in New Zealand. These landscape images speak of a time where landscape photography was in its infancy and still forging its own identity.

“This collection focuses both on powerful landscapes and intimate portraits achieving a great aesthetic approach to their photography where every image engages us, allowing us to immerse ourselves in their world” – Cameron S. Curd, Exhibition Curator.”

New photographic exhibition from Patea Museum starts today

A new exhibition Voyage into the Heartland: Photographic Works from the Batten Collection from Aotea Utanganui Museum of South Taranaki starts today.

“This exhibition showcases the Batten Collection [from the Batten family], a unique photographic anthology exposing original landscapes of the 1930s unseen before in New Zealand. These landscape images speak of a time where landscape photography was in its infancy and still forging its own identity. This collection focuses both on powerful landscapes and intimate portraits achieving a great aesthetic approach to their photography where every image engages us, allowing us to immerse ourselves in their world.”

Curated by Cameron S. Curd. On now till Saturday 3rd March 2018.

Go here for more information.

Huka Rapids above falls – This image was very thoughtfully constructed. The American photographer Ansel Adams specialised in landscape photography and this image imitates the spirit of his work with the raging waters and perfect adherence to the golden ‘rule of thirds’, an element Adam’s work was noted for.
Lions’ Point, Urenui, 1934 – The aesthetic and stylistic touches in this image are breathtaking. The photographer here has taken careful consideration of lighting conditions, subject’s placement, and subject’s actions to create a stunning, iconographic image full of drama and danger; with the subject perched precariously with just a cliff-drop to the sea below.

Artwork now on display – from two exhibitions

Two exhibitions are now sharing our Gallery space. Here are some of the great works on display.

  • Exhibition #1: Work by the Hawera Art School adult students. These are all created during 2017, showcasing the past year’s learning.
  • Exhibition #2: Work by the Lysaght Watt Gallery members. A show to illustrate our local artists’ diverse nature and wide range of work.

Go here for more information on the shows.