Current Exhibition:

The Professional Weavers Network (PWN) is a group of handweavers who promote excellence in their work, ranging from tapestries through to fabrics. We are delighted to showcase another national exhibition (accompanied by works from the talented Stitch Guild Taranaki) to highlight textile and fibre arts as another vibrant and exciting contemporary art form. 

Please visit our gallery to view this sequential collaboration of pieces – it’s beautiful. For further information about “Chain Reaction” the concept, please visit the PWN website.


Social Print 28 Sep – 24 Oct 2020

We are delighted to present work from members of the Print Council Aotearoa New Zealand (PCANZ) in the Gallery this month. PCANZ is a member run, national, non profit organisation that promotes contemporary fine art print making. The Social Print Exhibition has a social commentary theme, with artists challenging our understanding of the world in which we live and how we operate within it. Depending on your views, the pieces may provide insights, offer unique interpretations or raise questions for the viewer.

Post Shutdown Shenanigans 7-26 September 2020

Featured art pieces from members of the Hawera Art Club. Many of these works were created during and post COVID and show a wide range of styles and media.

Toi Ki Tua : 3-29 August 2020
(exhibition cancelled following gallery flooding 6/7 August)

Toi Ki Tua was presented by Toi o Taranaki Ki Te Tonga, a Māori arts collective made up of people who live in or affiliate through whakapapa to South Taranaki iwi. This exhibition was their third in two years and their second at Lysaght Watt. The ‘Tiaho’ exhibition celebrated Puanga last year and the collective are doing the same this year with ‘Toi Ki Tua’ a double acknowledgement of the Māori New Year and Aotearoa’s emergence from the challenging time of Covid-19 lockdown.

‘Toi Ki Tua’ roughly translates to ‘art through to the other side’ and will feature pieces worked on during lockdown or during some other signficant physical or spiritual journey for the artist.

(Unfortunately due to a flood in our gallery, this exhibition was cut short and we are very sad these excellent pieces were not on display for a longer period of time).

‘Don’t Forget Your Roots’ and ‘Interval’
6 July-1 August 2020

Two beautiful exhibitions featuring works in watercolour, acrylic, and photography.
Kirsty Meynell – Don’t Forget your Roots – shows a quirky, kiwiana collection of work on canvas, skateboard, wooden form chairs and clothing.

Interval by Angela McAlpine, Gaye Manu, Eleanor Batten and Maree Horner features South Taranaki views as well as a pasifika theme.

‘The Universe Speaks’ by Jennifer Sosich and
‘Art Repurposed’ a Gallery Members’ Collection
8 June-4 July 2020

Art Repurposed offers a ‘second-hand art’ opportunity to buy paintings which have been pre-loved or gifted and their owners are ready to pass them on. There are some lovely bargains available, prints and originals from NZ artists as well as pieces purchased while overseas.

Sosich is an Eltham based mouth-artist, working in both paint, sculptural and mixed media techniques. The work in this exhibition will relate to her personal world view, intuition, spirituality and the whimsical side of her creativity. You can view view more of her work on

Collectives – 4-28 March 2020

Curated by Michaela Stoneman, Arts Co-ordinator for the South Taranaki District Council. Michaela brought together a stunning team of local artists to showcase a diverse range of art. Unfortunately the exhibition was cut short due to the lockdown.

To discover more about the artists and their work please view the exhibition catalogue here.

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By Joanna De Vegt