Kia ora e te whanau Mahara

The long-planned upgrade of the Mahara Gallery is scheduled to begin later this year, following Kāpiti Coast District Council voting to confirm its $2.8 million commitment to the project’s $6.5 million estimated cost and agreeing to underwrite the project. The Council’s decision follows the Mahara Gallery Trust’s recent success in achieving a Grant of $1.73 million from the Regional Culture and Heritage Fund towards the project.

Mahara Gallery Trust Board Chairman Gordon Shroff says “This project will ensure that we can retain the Field Collection of artworks in Kāpiti and enable Mahara to be a more effective district public gallery for Kapiti. We still have $750,000 to raise to meet the fundraising target we agreed with Council. We recently submitted an application to the NZ Lottery Board’s Significant Projects Fund for funding which would significantly reduce the shortfall and will continue to search for other potential funding sources to help bridge the gap. The Trust will launch a community fund-raising programme soon to seek the support of Kāpiti people and businesses.”

EXHIBITIONS
23 Feb – 24 April 2021
Toitū Te Whenua,Toitū Te Moana,Toitū Te Tangata, Hemi Macgregor

newSPACE
an observational practice, Gerda Leenards, Frances Jill Studd, Sophie Saunders, Janet Bayly

4 May – 5 June 2021
Jim takes a line for a walk, works by Jim Gorman

11 June – 17 July
Ngā Manu: ngā mahi toi nā ngā tauira o Hato Petera Kaniera me Te Kura Kaupapa Māori o Te Rito Birds: St Peter Chanel and Te Kura Kaupapa Māori o Te Rito students’ creation. Supported by the Philipp Family Foundation
EVENTS
OPENING of Jim takes a line for a walk, works by Jim Gorman
Saturday 1 May at 5pm with guest curator, Vicki Robson, all welcome


CURATOR’S FLOORTALK
With Vicki Robson on Thursday 13 May at 11am, preceded by morning tea from 10.15, all welcome

LINE DRAWING WORKSHOPS
With artist Harriet Bright
Friday 14 May, for adults from 10.30 – 12 noon, limit of ten, call to book
Saturday 15 May, for children ages 8+, from 10.30 – 11.30am, limit of ten, call to book
FRIENDS OF MAHARA
Our new Friends Convenor Diana Loubser will give an illustrated talk ‘Exploring Ancient African Art’ Sunday 16 May, 4 – 5.30pm, starting with social drinks and nibbles. Friends free, guests of Friends $10. This is the last Friends event for this financial year, we will be sending out renewal notices in May, and urge old and new Friends to get involved at this important time in the gallery’s development.