Past Installations

Cycling in Style with the Red Rider

From: 06/05/2022 - 29/09/2023

Oh, a bicycle! When it was not only how you reached your destination but also what you chose to wear for your two-wheeled outing.

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Rock! 35 Years of Rockquest

From: 04/04/2022 - 28/12/2022

Every year, in town halls and theatres all over New Zealand, around 2700 teenagers perform their own original songs, live, to an audience of their peers. Smokefreerockquest is a national institution with its roots here in Nelson.

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Age Concern

From: 15/12/2021 - 25/03/2022

Age Concern trialled having a space in Nelson, which then became permanent.

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We All Need More Music!

From: 20/10/2021 - 04/04/2022

NCMA created the display to highlight their affordable music lesson.

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Punk It Up

From: 03/09/2021 - 20/11/2021

PUNK IT UP had a simple message – togetherness – to have fun in the CBD, to be active, bold, and happy.

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Cultural Conversations

From: 05/09/2020 - 26/09/2022

Cultural Conversations is a community arts hub focussed on building relationships and empowering former refugee and migrant communities.

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The Bird Butcher Shop of Trafalgar Street

From: 26/09/2019 - 22/11/2021

Ann Bird made a huge contribution to Nelson’s early European settlement, including her butchery on the highstreet.

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Luminous Clouds

From: 09/07/2021 - 21/09/2021

Anne Rush’s Luminous Clouds was first shown at the inaugural Light Nelson in 2013, suspended above the pond in Queen’s Gardens.

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Pop-Up Little Japan Exhibition

From: 22/02/2021 - 05/03/2021

To celebrate Japanese traditional girl’s day, Hina Matsuri, Pop-Up Little Japan showcased three sets of beautiful Hina Ningyo (Hina Dolls).

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Pop-Up Little Japan Puppet Shows & Classes

From: 10/10/2020 - 27/03/2021

Pop-Up Little Japan presented exhibitions, calligraphy classes and puppet shows in our little ShopFront Theatre.

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Urban Ecologies by Kirsten Cooper

From: 18/12/2020 - 23/03/2021

Make/Shift Spaces worked with Papercut to showcase work by NMIT Arts and Media students.

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Pottery in Nelson – Steve Fullmer

From: 26/02/2021 - 02/03/2021

Nelson has always been a magnet for those who dream of making their living through art and culture, including American-born Steve Fullmer.

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CAN – What is a Home?

From: 30/06/2020 - 27/12/2020

Community Action Group (CAN) organised information and discussions about affordable and diverse housing options in Nelson.

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2020 Te Wiki o te Reo Māori (Māori Language Week)

From: 14/09/2020 - 30/11/2021

Kia kaha te reo Māori! We hope you give te reo Māori a go!

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Cultural Conversations – Sri Lankan Masks

From: 18/10/2020 - 31/10/2020

Poorna Daundasekara is a Sri Lankan born artist who ran a mask-making workshop inspired by Sri Lankan designs but with a unique kiwi flavour.

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Stitched Painting – Fleur Woods

From: 19/12/2019 - 31/10/2020

A massive reproduction of one of Fleur Woods’ glorious ‘Stitched Paintings’.

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Cultural Conversations – Santalma

From: 05/09/2020 - 10/10/2020

Santalma uses her artwork to reflect the many aspects of her homeland of Colombia.

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Brook Waimārama Sanctuary – Dean Raybould

From: 03/02/2020 - 14/03/2021

This artwork was created by Takaka-based artist Dean Raybould for the Brook Waimarama Sanctuarys.

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The Bicycle & the Butcher’s Daughter

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

One of New Zealand’s most-loved actors, Helen Moulder, created her own space in which to rehearse and present her newest play.

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F N Jones – inventor, photographer, showman and entrepreneur

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

F N Jones was a man of many talents – photographer and creator of  Coney Park and Pixietowns.

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White Gold – Sally Burton

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

Sally Burton’s ‘White Gold’ was presented in a shop window to stunning effect.

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Viewfinder Window – Douglas Kelaher

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

Each log in this collection of firewood was selected for its resemblance to seminal works of art.

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Viewfinder Window – Kim Ireland

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

Kim Ireland’s The Raft is part of her Threshold series, which reconstructs global climate events.

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Viewfinder Window – Karolina Gorton

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

“Everyone’s a winner, bargains galore…”

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