The granting of a Resource Consent by Kāpiti Coast District Council for the plan to redevelop Mahara Gallery is a major step towards realizing the dream of creating a gallery that can accept the gift of the Field Collection and be a better district gallery for Kāpiti.

It follows agreement between the partners in the project – the Council, the Mahara Gallery Trust Board and the Field Collection Trust – on the project design. It has enabled the Gallery to submit funding applications to the Lottery Grants Board. With the design settled and Resource Consent granted, the Mahara Board is in a position to progress its own fund-raising.

The exhibitions by Kirsty Gardiner: Remnants, Remains and Gillian Cronin: Through Female Eyes, were very well received. The new exhibitions of Kapanui school children’s work in He whenua ora, Living Land, and Robyn Kahukiwa’s book illustrations Girls; Boys; were opened with much joy and kapahaka in the newly upgraded Mahara Place on September 20. Huge thank you to the wonderful Ngā Manu staff and their board for this ongoing partnership and the Philipp Family Foundation for their great support. These exhibitions are joined by four beautiful ‘Kāpiti heartstrings’ comprising hundreds of fabric hearts made by people across Kāpiti and around the world to send to Al-Noor Mosque and Linwood Mosque in Christchurch. Thank you to Irma Huth for sharing this special project with Kāpiti people.

Artists based in Kāpiti and Horowhenua are invited to send your work in for the Mahara Arts Review closing on October 13. Thank you to art award sponsors John Mowbray, Jean Fleming, Barry Herbert, Jane Hyder, Kāpiti Signs, Picture Perfect Framing, Kāpiti Coffee Company and guest selectors Jim Gorman and Vicki Robson. This will be a great way to kick off the Kāpiti Arts Trail in Mahara Place on Saturday 2nd November, hope to see you there!

Janet Bayly,

He Whenua Ora, Living Land; Kapanui School children’s creations. In partnership with Ngā Manu Nature Reserve, kindly supported by the Philipp Family Foundation.
Girls; Boys, book illustrations by Robyn Kahukiwa in newSPACE.
Kāpiti Heartstrings [For Christchurch]

Until 27 October

Mahara Arts Review. With arts awards sponsored by John Mowbray, Jean Fleming, Barry Herbert, Jane Hyder, Kāpiti Signs, Picture Perfect Framing, Kāpiti Coffee Company.

2nd November – 8 December

Michelle Walton (formerly Michelle Backhouse) In One Piece.
newSPACE: Mahara marks 25 years. Fay Beyer, Robin Rogerson, Mary Zohrab, and Bob Gibbs. 15 December – 2 February 2019


Mahara Arts Review Nov Dec 2019

Submission week for Mahara Arts Review
Tuesday 8 – Sunday 13 October
There are no restrictions on age, theme or media. Work should be no larger than 1 metre in any direction or weigh more than 20 kg, and have been made in the last year. Collect an entry form from the gallery or inquire to

Two puppet plays developed and performed by Anna Bailey, String Bean Puppets

The Runaway Sheep 10.30 — 11 am
The Monster in the gallery 11.30 — 12 noon

Wednesday 9 October, entry free

Poets reading in the gallery for He Whenua Ora, Living Land. Julie Burns, Mary Cresswell, Patricia Donaldson, Gill Ward, Angela Wright and children from Kapanui School.

Saturday 19 October, 2.30 — 3.30, entry free

Opening for Mahara Arts Review. 6 pm Saturday 2 November. The exhibition will run from 10 am – 4 pm on Saturday 2 & 9 November, and Sundays 3 & 10 November, as part of the Kāpiti Arts Trail.

Friends of Mahara. Sunday 17 November, 4 – 5.30pm
Join Convenor Julie Sperring and other invitees who will discuss an artwork that has special significance for them, starting with wine, nibbles and social get-together at 4pm.

Opening for Michelle Walton, In One Piece, and Mahara marks 25 years with Fay Bresolin, Robin Rogerson, Mary Zohrab, and Bob Gibbs. Saturday 14 December, 5 pm