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ArtDoors

All Installations Artdoors is an aspirational project that aims to transform around 100 of the city’s doors over a two-year period. This project will connect business and property owners with local makers and creators whose artwork will be used to transform both tired or plain-looking doors and windows, adding a splash of colour and optimism to […]

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What if Whakatū Nelson…?

UPDATE: We have now closed the What if Whakatū Nelson…? space and are working on What Next? Let’s begin by asking the question: What if Whakatū Nelson…? What if Whakatū Nelson had a youth hub in the CBD? What if we had a campaign to spring-cleaning the city and we all participated? What if we had a Margaret Mahy style playground?What

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146 Bridge Street

How could we resist a bare corrugated iron fence? What’s more, we had the perfect artworks for it. We’ve actually displayed the originals of Dean Raybould’s works in a previous installation, but this time, we printed them onto metal, so they are colour- and weather-fast.

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Elma Turner Library

Everyone loves a library! And here at MakeShift we especially love that we’ve got two projects happening on opposite sides of the library building. One is Bill Hammond’s ‘All Along the Heaphy Highway’, as part of ArtWalk, and the other is the 2021 instalment of Te Wiki o te Reo Māori.

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The Wakatū Hotel

The Wakatū Hotel has a big place in Nelson’s memory, as one of the first major hotels on the main thoroughfare into the city, and more recently, as one of the last large-scale watering holes. Now, the land has been returned to the original customary owners of the Nelson Tenths – Wakatū Incorporation – who

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Natural Treasures

How could we resist a bare corrugated iron fence? What’s more, we had the perfect artworks for it. We’ve actually displayed the originals of Dean Raybould’s works in a previous installation, but this time, we printed them onto metal, so they are colour- and weather-fast. The artworks were created by Dean for The Brook Waimārama

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Shared Communities Whakatū Nelson

Engagement with Nelson Migrant and Former Refugee Communities In late 2021, Make/Shift Spaces formed a Shared Communities Consortium with Multicultural Nelson Tasman Inc., Arts Council Nelson and Community Partnerships (Nelson City Council Te Kaunihera o Whakatū). You can check out their website here. In September 2023, Shared Communities appointed Karolina Serrano as they Cultural Navigator.

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Appo Hocton

We first presented Appo Hocton’s story in a shopfront in Bridge Street in 2021-22. Now he’s back in a great spot on the Nelson English Centre, on the Church Street side. In 1853, Appo Hocton became the first person of Chinese descent to gain New Zealand citizenship. As carter, builder, roading contractor, then exporter, he

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Masks About Town

A celebration of mask making in Whakatū Nelson Celebrating mask culture and creating your own are a huge part of cultural celebrations all around the world and have been a wonderful part of Nelson Arts Festival since its inception in 1995. The 2022 Festival is paying homage to this magical legacy with an exhibition of masks and photos throughout

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Te Aratoi o Whakatū

With local, national and international art spanning over 200 years, The Suter has a collection of national significance. Try their fabulous Suter Café overlooking the Queen’s Gardens – the perfect place to begin and/or end your ArtWalk (or for a mid-Walk break). Entrance to the Suter’s galleries is free. They also have the wonderful Suter

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Nelson Landscape

William Allen England/New Zealand, 1894–1988Nelson Landscape 1936oil on canvas, 493 x 595 mmCollection of The Suter Art Gallery Te Aratoi o Whakatū: presented by Mr F. A. Shurrock in 1970. ACC: 552 William Allen was bought out to New Zealand by the Education Department, specifically to improve the quality of art education, teaching first in Otago, and then

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The Apple Pickers

Rita Angus New Zealand, 1908-1970The Apple Pickers  1944oil on canvas, 858 x 1118 mmCollection of The Suter Art Gallery Te Aratoi o Whakatū: purchased by public subscription 2014. ACC: 1319 The Apple Pickers is one of those rare art works that has taken a place in our collective conscience transcending the time in which it was

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After Rain, Takaka

Leo Bensemann New Zealand, 1912–1986After Rain, Takaka 1971oil on canvas board, 641 x 795 mmCollection of The Suter Art Gallery Te Aratoi o Whakatū: purchased in 1986. ACC: 1376 Leo Bensemann has created this interpretation of Tākaka Hill by painting a ‘portrait’ of one of the many weather-sculpted rocks that lie scattered over its summit.  Tākaka Hill is

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Self Portrait

Leo BensemannNew Zealand, 1912–1986 Self Portrait 1975oil on board, 712 x 725 mmCollection of The Suter Art Gallery Te Aratoi o Whakatū: purchased with the Cuthbertson bequest in 2012. ACC: 1147 In what is possibly his last self-portrait, Leo Bensemann has placed himself against a landscape that meant a great deal to him. He was born

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Ladies Day

Jane Evans New Zealand, 1946–2012Ladies Day 1978oil on board 1044 x 896 mmCollection of The Suter Art Gallery Te Aratoi o Whakatū: presented to The Suter by the estate of Amelia F. Roe in 2004. ACC. 977 Jane Evans was a Nelson artist who was a wry observer of people. She could sum up a

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Saturday Afternoon I

Jane Evans New Zealand, 1946–2012Saturday Afternoon I 1976oil and acrylic on board, 603 x 756 mmCollection of The Suter Art Gallery Te Aratoi o Whakatū: presented to The Suter by the estate of Amelia F. Roe in 2004. ACC: 990 Jane Evans has captured a quintessential Nelson scene: a Saturday afternoon yacht race. She had been visiting

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Summer Siesta

Jane Evans New Zealand, 1946–2012Summer Siesta 1982acrylic on canvas, 1210 x 1510 mmCollection of The Suter Art Gallery Te Aratoi o Whakatū: gifted by the Goodman Group in 1984. ACC: 725. The story goes that Jane Evans was commissioned to produce a painting for the food conglomerate Goodman Group (now Goodman Fielder), but the resulting work, with

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Western Coast of Tasman Bay

John Gully England/New Zealand, 1819–1888Western Coast of Tasman Bay 1885watercolour on paper, 750 x 1320 mmCollection of The Suter Art Gallery Te Aratoi o Whakatū: purchased by public subscription in 1885 as the first painting for a public art collection in Nelson. ACC: 66 If there were ever an artwork intended to ‘sell’ New Zealand in the

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All Along the Heaphy Highway

Bill HammondNew Zealand, 1947–2021All Along the Heaphy Highway 1998acrylic on canvas, 1070 x 1445 mmCollection of The Suter Art Gallery Te Aratoi o Whakatū: purchased with the 10 x 10 Acquisition Fund, with the assistance of The Suter Patron, Sally Hunt, in 2010. ACC: 1108 A long and winding road divides the painting into two realms. The bird-headed

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The Little Emigrant

Laura Herford England, 1831–1870The Little Emigrant 1868oil on canvas, 550 x 425 mmCollection of The Suter Art Gallery Te Aratoi o Whakatū: presented by Marjorie Sheat in 2007. Acc 1027 In 1860, Laura Herford was the first female artist to be accepted into London’s Royal Academy Schools. She used a little subterfuge when submitting her application, by just signing

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At the Slip

Irvine MajorNew Zealand, 1922–2000At the Slip 1991watercolour on paper, 280 x 378 mmCollection of The Suter Art Gallery Te Aratoi o Whakatū: gifted by Margaret Major in 2002. ACC: 919 Nelson’s port and marina provided Irvine Major with a wealth of interesting subject matter – in this painting it is a variety of colourful vessels on the slipway. The challenge

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