Current Installations

Te Wiki o te Reo Māori (Māori Language Week)

From: 14/09/2020 - Ongoing
Address:

Wakatu House, 30 Montgomery Square
(ex-Bed Bath & Beyond)

Tēnā koutou katoaKei te harikoa a Make/Shift Spaces me te Kanihera o Whakatū kia tautoko ana i te wiki o te reo Māori. Kia kaha te reo Māori! Greetings! Make/Shift…

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Cultural Conversations – Santalma

From: 05/09/2020 - Ongoing
Address:

220 Hardy Street, Nelson
(ex-Barkers Menswear)

Santalma uses her artwork to reflect a positive view of her homeland of Colombia. She uses the passion of her country as a source of inspiration, influenced by its colours, joy, cultural contrasts, biodiversity, flavours and rhythms that resulted from the miscegenation of Indigenous, Spanish and African heritage.

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The Bicycle & the Butcher’s Daughter

From: 22/06/2020 - 04/10/2020
Address:

105 Collingwood Street
(next to Baker’s Coffee Shop)

Nelson’s newest (temporary) theatre opens with one of New Zealand’s most-loved actors, Helen Moulder, in a play about family, food & five surprising characters! Don’t miss this absolute delight – from rehearsal to performance – with Helen, a few trusty props, and the magic of the theatre.

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CAN – What is a Home?

From: 30/06/2020 - Ongoing
Address:

290 Hardy Street
(cnr Hardy & Collingwood)

Community Action Group (CAN) believes there are ways to make more affordable and more diverse housing options available in Nelson. And to make renting more secure, stable and affordable.

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The Bird Butcher Shop of Trafalgar Street

From: 26/09/2019 - Ongoing
Address:

256 Trafalgar Street, Nelson
(right next to ANZ Bank)

Ann Bird made a huge contribution to Nelson’s early European settlement. In 1842, Ann sailed from England to Nelson with her husband Reuben and daughter Anne. When Reuben died in 1850, Ann gathered up her five children and took on the business. Within ten years she had opened the shop in the photo.

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Brook Waimārama Sanctuary – Dean Raybould

From: 03/02/2020 - Ongoing
Address:

194 Trafalgar Street
(ex-Urban Beach)

This artwork was created by Takaka-based artist Dean Raybould for the Brook Waimarama Sanctuarys. When the Sanctuary’s visitor facilities are developed, the art installation will find a permanent home in the entrance area.

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Stitched Painting – Fleur Woods

From: 19/12/2019 - Ongoing
Address:

165 Bridge Street, Nelson
(ex-Little Rock Nightclub)

Fleur Woods describes her work as ‘Stitched Paintings’. Her process begins with painting a blank piece of linen in abstract washes, and then adding botanical and illustrative details with acrylic paint, gouache and/or ink. Finally, she finishes the top layer with stitching to give the works texture.

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Past Installations

F N Jones – inventor, photographer, showman and entrepreneur

From: 20/03/2020 - 22/09/2020
Address:

14 Bridge Street, Nelson
(soon-to-be Rollos)

F N Jones was a man of many talents. There are more than 5,000 of his photos in Nelson Provincial Museum‘s collection, ranging from studio portraits through to his social documentary photos. He also created Coney Park and the much-loved Pixietowns.

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Viewfinder Window – Douglas Kelaher

From: 20/02/2020 - 23/03/2020
Address:

207 Trafalgar Street, Nelson
(next to Farmers)

This collection of firewood has been built up over a number of years, with each log selected for their intuitive relationship and resemblance to seminal works of art.

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Viewfinder Window – Kim Ireland

From: 20/01/2020 - 20/02/2020
Address:

207 Trafalgar Street, Nelson
(next to Farmers)

Kim Ireland’s art practice is founded on research and the power of historical narratives. The Raft is the third of her Threshold series, which reconstructs global climate events.

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Viewfinder Window – Karolina Gorton

From: 20/12/2019 - 20/01/2019
Address:

207 Trafalgar Street, Nelson
(next to Farmers)

“Everyone’s a winner, bargains galore
That’s right, you too can be the proud owner
Of the quality goes in before the name goes on…”

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Viewfinder Window – Ann Braunsteiner

From: 20/11/2019 - 20/12/2019
Address:

207 Trafalgar Street, Nelson
(next to Farmers)

In 5 Warnings, Ann Braunsteiner has taken examples of the warnings on cigarette and tobacco packaging. and created new meanings – from the serious to the playful.

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Viewfinder Window – Leigh Paterson

From: 20/10/2019 - 19/11/2019
Address:

207 Trafalgar Street, Nelson
(next to Farmers)

Small Change is a payback. It attempts to examine the often bureaucratic systems and services that facilitate community engagement and expression within, and of, the arts.

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Nelson Arts Festival – A Call to Dance

From: 21/10/2019 - 23/10/2019
Address:

60 Achilles Avenue
Wakatu Square, Nelson

A Call to Dance celebrates a place and its people, asking questions about heritage, belonging, public expression and cultural authenticity.

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Nelson Arts Festival – Voice Collective

From: 20/10/2019 - 20/10/2019
Address:

60 Achilles Avenue
Wakatu Square, Nelson

Every month, Voice Collective get together for a few hours to rehearse a song, and then do a once-only performance. This month, it’s Dolly Parton’s ‘Joelene’.

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Viewfinder Window – Catherine Russ

From: 16/09/2019 - 19/10/2019
Address:

207 Trafalgar Street, Nelson
(next to Farmers)

Home / 2003 is a series of work that explores domestic life, where everyday life is merged with art history in a New Zealand context.

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Nelson Arts Festival – Mask Making Workshops

From: 21/09/2019 - 13/10/2019
Address:

60 Achilles Avenue
Wakatu Square, Nelson

The Mask Parade & Carnivale is one of Nelson’s best-loved free community events. Before the big day, the Festival runs a series of free mask-making workshops.

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Nelson Arts Festival – Up and Away

From: 20/10/2019 - 20/10/2019
Address:

60 Achilles Avenue
Wakatu Square, Nelson

Up and Away is a playful and gentle theatrical performance created exclusively for babies. Two performers use theatre, play and live music in a 30min performance.

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Festival of Architecture

From: 20/09/2019 - 29/09/2019
Address:

2/126 Trafalgar Street
Nelson

The Festival of Architecture is a nationwide series of engaging and accessible free events that aim to celebrate and investigate the role of architecture in improving the quality of life in Aotearoa’s towns and cities.

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Te Wiki o te Reo Māori (Māori Language Week)

From: 09/09/2019 - 28/10/2019
Address:

169 Bridge Street, Nelson
(ex-Graham’s Trading)

Te Wiki o te Reo Māori had a powerful message this year – ‘Kia Kaha te Reo Māori’ – keep the language strong.

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White Gold – Sally Burton

From: 11/11/2019 - 12/07/2020
Address:

169 Bridge Street, Nelson
(ex-Graham’s Trading)

Sally Burton’s ‘White Gold’ was developed as an installation for The Suter Art Gallery in 2009. Her inspiration was an artist residency in Sanskriti, India, as well as her immediate surrounds of the O’Connor farm on the Waimea Plains.

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Pottery in Nelson – Steve Fullmer

From: 26/08/2019 - 11/09/2019
Address:

130 Hardy Street
Nelson

Nelson has always been a magnet for those who dream of making their living through art and culture. In 1976, American Steve Fullmer established a workshop in Mahana, building Nelson’s first wood-fired kiln and producing planters and domesticware.

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Viewfinder Window – Jen Bowmast

From: 17/08/2019 - 13/09/2019
Address:

207 Trafalgar Street, Nelson
(next to Farmers)

Jen Bowmast was the first artist to exhibit in Viewfinder Window. Her work, All my friends are psychic, was a satellite project to ‘Sacred Sites‘, a solo show at Ramp Gallery in Hamilton.

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