Past Installations

Punk It Up

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

149 Bridge Street
(ex-KB’s Bakery)

PUNK IT UP has a simple message – togetherness – fun to have in the CBD – promoting activity – bold, but happy.

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2021 Te Wiki o te Reo Māori (Māori Language Week)

From: 13/09/2021 - 15/10/2021
Address:

Elma Turner Library
27 Halifax Street

Tēnā koutou katoa. Make/Shift Spaces and Nelson City Council are pleased to support Māori Language Week. We hope you give te reo Māori a go!

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The Bird Butcher Shop of Trafalgar Street

From: 26/09/2019 - 22/11/2021
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 with her husband Reuben and baby daughter. When Reuben died in 1850, Ann took on the business and within ten years she opened the butchery on the highstreet.

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Luminous Clouds

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

44 Bridge Street, Nelson

Anne Rush’s Luminous Clouds was first shown at the inaugural Light Nelson in 2013 – now Te Ramaroa. The work was suspended above the pond in Queen’s Gardens, gently moving in the breezes.

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Pop-Up Little Japan Exhibition

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

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

To celebrate the coming Japanese traditional girl’s day, Hina Matsuri, Pop-Up LittleJapan has three sets of beautiful Hina Ningyo (Hina Dolls) on display. All the Hina Ningyo are originally from Japan and belong to ladies who live in Nelson.

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Pop-Up Little Japan Puppet Shows & Classes

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

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

Pop-Up Little Japan is an opportunity to experience some aspects of Japanese culture, right here in Nelson’s ShopFront Theatre. In January 2021, Pop-Up Little Japan will present its third puppet show as well as calligraphy classes.

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Urban Ecologies by Kirsten Cooper

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

116 Hardy Street
(next to Refinery ArtSpace)

Make/Shift Spaces is working with Papercut to showcase a series of works by NMIT Arts and Media students. First up is Kirsten Cooper with her Urban Ecologies.

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Pottery in Nelson – Steve Fullmer

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

130 Hardy Street
Nelson

Address:

115 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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CAN – What is a Home?

From: 30/06/2020 - 27/12/2020
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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2020 Te Wiki o te Reo Māori (Māori Language Week)

From: 14/09/2020 - 30/11/2021
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 – Sri Lankan Masks

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

220 Hardy Street, Nelson
(ex-Barkers Menswear)

Poorna Daundasekara is a Sri Lankan born artist living in Nelson. In early October she ran a workshop where participants created masks inspired by original Sri Lankan designs but with their unique kiwi flavour and imagination.

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Stitched Painting – Fleur Woods

From: 19/12/2019 - 31/10/2020
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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Cultural Conversations – Santalma

From: 05/09/2020 - 10/10/2020
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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Brook Waimārama Sanctuary – Dean Raybould

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