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Day 1: Create & Challenge

Start your camp with creativity and team building at Capital E! First up, it’s exploring Virtual Reality in MediaLab. Next up, City Gallery WellingtonJoin the gallery educators for a Mural Tour and Screenprinting Workshop. Create a screenprint inspired by what you have seen incorporating kupu Māori.  

Day 2: Protest & Demonstrate

Start your day at Wellington Museum, which gives students the chance to connect the past, present, and future. In our Protest and Action programmestudents reflect on the driving factors behind social changeand contemporary issues. After lunch, it’s on to Capital E’s OnTV where your class will create their own TV show!

Day 3: Tour & Explore

Take the Cable Car up to Space Place, where your students will discover the collection of telescopes in a Telescope Tour. Eat a packed lunch in always beautiful Botanic Gardens.  Next up, Nairn Street CottageThe cottage is a 30 minute walk from Space Place. Here your students can explore Waves of Migrationwith a guided visit of the Wallis family home

Stay up late with City Gallery Wellington and enjoy our changing programme of art, music, film, and talks on the first Thursday of every month.   

Explore our new suite of first floor exhibitions after hours. Hear poets and book club panellists offer fresh perspectives and ways of thinking through Reuben Paterson: The Only Dream Left. End the night with the blissful and contemplative sounds of Belladonna.

Drawn Together: Sketching Light 


How do you capture the shimmering quality of light? Or the illusion created by some reflections and refractions? Take a seat and grab some materials as we challenge you to observe and sketch the curious world of light we have conjouredBring your artists eye and we’ll provide materials. You’re welcome to bring your own materials (dry only please) for this activity.

Drawn Together is made possible by the generous support of Gordon Harris Wellington.

The Future of Monuments

Today, many want to pull down war memorials as expressions of bad politics, especially those memorials that legitimise evil and injustice. Are there 'good' war memorials—and who decides? Can we make use of 'bad' war memorials? How do we understand miscellaneous contemporary war-memorial projects, like Peter Eisenman's Memorial to the Murdered Jews of Europe in Berlin and Ground Zero in New York, or Weta and Te Papa's The Scale of War and Peter Jackson 'colourising' World War I footage? What form could future memorials take?

Everyday Mysticism: Artists Respond 


Sculptor Glen Hayward’s practice brings the everyday into the gallery in profound and absurd ways. Reconsidering familiar objects is a concern shared by other artists. Join us as they discuss their practices and why they find commonplace objects compelling. 

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Thursday 1 June, 5-10pm | Entry by donation | Live music $10


Exhibitions and shop open. Bar and food truck serving refreshments and bites. Enjoy tunes from our RadioActive DJ.


Drawn Together: Sketching Light


Poets Respond to The Only Dream left


Book Club: Reuben Paterson

Event Partners

Tuatara Open Late

Thurs 1 June, 5-10pm

Entry by donation


Live Music: Belladonna

8.30pm | $10 

Wrap up the evening with a blissful and contemplative end with music by Belladonna.  

Belladonna is a Wellington-based indie-pop darling who has released two EPs with long term producer and collaborator Shannon Fowler. She was nominated for a Silver Scroll for Hands in 2020. Musing and curious, Belladonna’s well-honed knack for evocative storytelling joyfully captures the quirks and romance of everyday life. Her gentle voice and effortless melodies will carry you away on a journey of late-night discovery. 

Please consider supporting Open Late and our other progammes with a donation when you arrive. 

Urn (Live)


Sonic artists Thomas Carroll (Ngati Maru, Hauraki) and Rob Tyler respond to the themes of Matarau. Fusing taonga pūoro and modular synthesis, they incorporate rongoā plants as a modulation source, to create works inspired by Māori philosophy, cosmology and experimental noise music.  

Live Music: Belladonna


IMAGE Glen Hayward: Wish You Were Here City Gallery Wellington Te Whare Toi 2022. Photo Elias Rodriguez.


Poets Respond to The Only Dream Left


Take in the exhibition with a fresh perspective with poets Loretta Riach, Sam Duckor-Jones, Chris Tse, and Sharon Whippy.  

Listen in, as our poets navigate the playground of imagination that is Reuben Paterson: The Only Dream Left; and draw inspiration from Paterson’s beguiling and evocative world full of shimmering materials, exotic and erotic tensionswonder and joy.

Book Club: Reuben Paterson


City Gallery Wellington’s occasional book club returns. Inspired by the many stories woven through the artworks and practice of Reuben Paterson, join us in the auditorium to hear our panel of book clubbers reflect on The Only Dream Left through the lens of selected books: 

How to Loiter In a Turf War by Coco Solid and Please, Call Me Jesus by Samuel Te Kani. 

Victor Rodger and Sharon Whippy, chaired by Maggie Tweedie.


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