Current and upcoming exhibitions and projects at the Lysaght Watt Gallery.

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Fibre Force by eight Taranaki artists

Monday 27th November – Saturday 23rd December 2017

This show is a touchable fibre experience showcasing the use of natural fibres and a broad range of skills – by eight artists from New Plymouth and Hawera driven by the magic of natural fibres.

This is a ‘cash & carry’ show – so you can take your purchase with you on the day.

Fibre Force – Group Statement

We will be holding spinning, weaving, felting and knitting demonstrations on Saturday 2nd, 9th and 16th Dec and we would like to extend an invitation to you to come along and spend some time with us.

Fibre Force is a group of 8 artists who have come together as a result of an invitation by the Lysaght Watt Gallery to hold a ‘hands on’ fibre exhibition.

We are all members of different groups of Creative Fibre Taranaki and we meet regularly to share skills, knowledge and fellowship. Our diverse group spans multiple generations and typifies the important process of the passing on of knowledge, techniques and traditions associated with women’s handcrafts.

The techniques we use include knitting, weaving, felting, crochet, embroidery, basketry, spinning and natural dyeing. These are the foundational skills we were taught by our mothers, aunts or grandmothers. We are no longer bound by necessity to make purely functional or utilitarian items which gives us the freedom to explore fibre as an artistic medium. This exhibition is an opportunity for us to showcase the broad scope of our creativity.

We all love natural fibres. We all love and appreciate the tactile qualities of our chosen medium and the magic of the transformation from fibre to form is what drives us. This exhibition is a celebration of natural fibres, colour and the myriad of techniques we utilise.

We encourage visitors to touch things, pick them up, turn them in your hands so you can see and feel what it is about the fibre that excites us.

We would like to thank Lysaght Watt for extending the invitation which has provided the opportunity for us to exhibit. We would also like to acknowledge the support of the South Taranaki District Council Creative NZ fund.



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Upcoming Shows

Voyage into the Heartland: Photographic Works from the Batten Collection – Aotea Utanganui Museum of South Taranaki, curated by Cameron S. Curd

Monday 5th February to Sunday 4th March 2018

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 within our veins.

During the early 1930’s the Batten family set out across the North Island of New Zealand with their camera and a horse called Judy to photograph recollection of 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 forms an affectionate bond between the photographers and subjects. This familiarity creates an unburdened, carefree outlook from each sitter they photograph. These experiences stretched out their understanding of the world around them and ultimately had a great effect on the family.

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.





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February 2017

  • 7-25 February — Members Exhibition and Lorna Davis (Stratford)

March 2017

  • 27 February to 25 March — Helen Cairney (Art on the Hill) and Chester and Ella Burrows

April 2017

  • 27 March to 22 April — Hawera High School NCEA Portfolios

May 2017

  • 27 April to 11 June — LYSAGHT WATT TRUST ART AWARDS 2017

June 2017

  • 11 and 12 June The Arts Trail — gallery open all weekend
  • 13 June to 8 July — Marion McCartney and Mere Keating (Whanganui)

July 2017

  • 10 July to 5 August — Recent Work by Kevin Bone

August 2017

  • 7 August to 2 September — Collections curated by Michaela Stoneman

September 2017

  • 4-30 September — Spring Forth by the Hawera Art Club

October 2017

  • 3 to 28 October — The State Of Play: Exploratory Makings by Viv Davy

November 2017

  • 27 October to 5 November – for the Taranaki Garden Festival:
    • At the Gallery: Floral Affair by the Hawera Floral Art Group
    • At the Dunlop Garden: Art at the Woolshed by Wellington artist Helen Cairney, and other local & regional artists
  • 6 to 25 November — Stories Told by Amanda Hewlett & Cecilie Elliot

December 2017

  • 27 November to 23 December — Fibre Force by 8 Taranaki artists

24 December to 7 Jan – Gallery closed for the holidays

January 2018

  • 8 January to 4 Feb – Lysaght Watt Gallery Members and Adult Students

February 2018

  • 5 February to 4 March – Photographic Works from the Batten Collection from Aotea Utanganui Museum of South Taranaki

March 2018

  • 6 March to l April – Michaela Stoneman

April 2018

  • 3 April to 28 April Hawera High School

May 2018

  • 3 May to 7 June – 2018 Lysaght Watt Trust Art Award
  • 9 to 11 May – Taranaki Arts Trail

June 2018

  • 14 June to 7 July – Old Postcard Collection by Jill Williams

July 2018

  • 9 July to 4 August – TBC

August 2018

  • 6 August to 1 Sept – Geoffrey Young and Joyce

September 2018

  • 3 to 29 September – Hawera Art Club

October 2018

  • 1 October to 4 November – TBC
  • 26 to 29 October – 2018 Taranaki Garden Festival (Guest Artist TBC)

November 2018

  • 7 to 26 November – Birds by Katie Russell & Lost For Words by Cecilia Russell

December 2018

  • 29 November to 25 December – The Vicarage Potters