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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! Every month enjoy a changing programme of art, music, film, and talks. The first Thursday of the month we Open Late.  

For February enjoy a long summer night as we celebrate the life and work of Joanna Margaret Paul with pencils and poets, reading and music.

Book Club: Growth Out of Life 


City Gallery Wellington’s occasional book club returns. Inspired by Imagined in the Context of a Room and the intimacy of Joanna Margaret Paul’s creative practice that entwined with her life, panel chair Maggie Tweedie will discuss books that capture the confluence of beauty, art and life with writer Linda Burgess and poet, writer and musician Dick Whyte.

Expect a conversation that is reflective, personal and philosophical.

Poets Respond: Words as Things


Words mattered to Joanna Margaret Paul. Written or stencilled into painting, photographed, captured in an artist book, or type on the page of a poetry collection. Words always had a place in the artist’s multi-disciplinary practice - proving to be a fluid material to work with.  

The legacy of words and their power to excite and ignite will be brought into the exhibition afresh by poets Jenny Bornholdt, Rebecca Hawkes, Jo Bragg and Khadro Mohamed. Reflecting on and responding to Joanna’s artwork and practice, they will be appearing in the galleries over the early part of the evening.

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 2 November, 5-10pm | Entry by donation


Exhibitions open, shop open, bar & food truck serving & tunes from RadioActive DJ


Poets Respond: Words as Things


Book Club: Growth out of Life


Live Music: Ida Lune

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Tuatara Open Late

Thur 2 February, 5-10pm

Entry by donation


Live Music: Ida Lune


Ida Lune are a Pōneke based trio, comprising of members Deanne Krieg (WHIM, Dawn Diver), Rose Blake (Blaek, Dawn Diver) and Anna Wooles. Each member brings their contrasting backgrounds in jazz, classical, and electronic music to Ida Lune’s evocative compositions. With live performances as captivating and intimate as their debut self-titled album Ida Lune (2020) the band’s colourful repertoire builds on intricately detailed three-part harmonies and delicate interwoven melodies, enhanced by layers of synth and strings on banjo, mandolin, guitar and more. 

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.  

Civic Square En Plein Air Drawing

5.30pm- 8.30pm

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



Civic Square En Plein Air Drawing 


Joanna Margaret Paul once remarked she was New Zealand’s last plein air artist. In this spirit, join us for drop-in drawing outside and find a view in or from Te Ngākau Civic Square that inspires you. Spend some time exploring Imagined in the Context of a Room first to experience Paul’s considered and personal approach to capturing the world around her.  

A limited amount of basic dry materials will be provided. Feel free to bring you own to join the programme. Please note drinks may not be taken outside the Gallery.