Your Arts Diary for 2013


New Plymouth's Real TArt Gallery Art exhibitions throughout January include Angela Sefton's "ONE - An Exhibition" in the upper gallery. Mark Bellringer, Adele Read, Robin Jacobs, Marguerita Iremonger, David Rogers, Jill White, Lester Earl, Lynn Webb and many Taranaki artists, creative fibre and pottery exhibitors.

Throughout January - The Raised Eyebrow Art and Coffee House exhibition includes a selection of fun and quirky clocks made by Jim Adams and Corrie de Vries Huls.

Tuesday 21 to February 15 - Creative Clearance, art at bargain prices at the Village Gallery, Eltham.

Until Friday 25 - Blown Away with Glass. A celebration of glass from the country's top glass artists, plus some invited Taranaki artists doing complementary artwork at Percy Thomson Gallery, Stratford.

Until Sunday 27 - Govett- Brewster Art Gallery, Singular Companions: Sculpture from the Collection. This new exhibition presents sculptural artworks that are either new to the Govett- Brewster's collection or have not been on display for many years. Len Lye: The New Yorker - this summer's Len Lye exhibition at the Govett-Brewster explores Lye's early years in New York - between his arrival in 1944 and the emergence of his kinetic sculpture, or "tangibles", in the early 1960s. Open Window - Taking the name Open Window to its literal end, artists Michael Parr and Blaine Western seek to reconstruct our experiential understanding of "inside/outside".

Saturday 5 to February 2 - Colourplay exhibition at Lysaght Watt Gallery, Hawera.

Friday 18 until Wednesday, February 13 - Marita Green's exhibition Dollface at Kina NZ Design + Art Space, 101 Devon St West, New Plymouth.

Monday 21 until February 15 - Creative Clearance exhibition at the Village Gallery, Eltham.

Wednesday 23 - Seeing is Believing with TV medium Jeanette Wilson. 7.30pm at Cue Theatre, Inglewood. R15.

Thursday 24 - Puke Ariki Speaker Series: Andre Hodgskin. 6pm to 7.30pm in Puke Ariki foyer. Free admission.

Saturday 26 - Tropfest NZ 2013 Roughcut Film Symposium. 10am to approximately 4pm in the Alexandra Room, TSB Showplace. A day-long series of lectures, conversations and presentations by some of New Zealand's leading film-makers and industry names.

Saturday 26 - King of the Grill. 1.30pm to 3.30pm. Held on Prefab Landing which forms the outside element of Kiwi Prefab: Cottage to Cutting Edge, Puke Ariki's summer exhibition. Submit your best BBQ recipe and fight for the right to call yourself the Kiwi Prefab King of the Grill.

Saturday 26 and Sunday 27 - Carving workshop, Anna Korver. 10am to 3pm daily at Te Kupenga Stone Carving Club, 76 Centennial Dr, Paritutu, New Plymouth.

Sunday 27 - Tropfest New Zealand, 5pm to 9.30pm at Bowl of Brooklands. The world's largest short film festival. The event is also broadcast live on television across Australia. Free admission.

Wednesday 30 - Jeanette Wilson, Seeing is Believing. 7.30pm, The Hub, Hawera. Tickets $40 from the South Taranaki i-SITE Visitor Centre, 55 High St, Hawera.

Wednesday 30 - Puke Ariki Speaker Series, Evzen Novak. 6pm to 7.30pm. Free.

Thursday 31 - Tea and Topics, Growing Green Fingers. 10am to 11am on level 1, Puke Ariki. Join a member of the NPDC parks team and enjoy a cuppa and a bikkie while picking up some top tips about how to propagate perfect plants.


New Plymouth's Real TArt Gallery, art exhibitions throughout February include Brenda Cash, art; NP Potters, Hidden Treasures and Rae Van't Hof, art.

February 1 to March 3 - The Wonderful World of Watercolour, Aotearoa, and an exhibition of works by Joan Fitzpatrick running concurrently in the smaller gallery (Accountants on Broadway Gallery) at Percy Thomson Gallery, Stratford. Sunday, February 10, 1.30pm, family of Joan Fitzpatrick at the gallery for a celebration.

Monday 4 to Saturday, March 2 - MervTurner exhibition at Lysaght Watt Gallery, Hawera.

Wednesday 6 - PaePae in the Park, Patea.

Thursday 7 - Spirit Sent Psychic Show, 7.30pm at New Plymouth Little Theatre with Sharon Bakker (New Plymouth) and Karen Ainsworth-Kopa (Papamoa).

Thursday 7 - Alan Davies, UK comedian. TSB Showplace, 8pm.

Saturday 9 and Sunday 10 - Auditions for New Plymouth Operatic Society's production of Hairspray.

Saturday 9 - The Eastern Band. 7pm at The Shearers' Quarters, Stratford.

Sunday 10 - XRACE, Hawera.

Tuesday 12 - Classic Hits Winery Tour 2013 with Fat Freddy's, AB&H, The Adults 6pm at Sentry Hill Winery.

Wednesday 13 - Pecha Kucha: Just How Green is Green? 6pm in Puke Ariki foyer. Join experts as they discuss sustainability. This discussion forms an element of Kiwi Prefab: Cottage to Cutting Edge, Puke Ariki's summer exhibition.

Thursday 14 - Robin Ward, harp concert. 7.30pm at Wesley Methodist Church, Hawera.

Friday 15 - South Taranaki arts hui 2013, 9am to 4pm at Hunter Shaw building, Patea.

Friday 15 - John Shewry exhibition opens at Kina NZ Design + Art Space, New Plymouth.

Friday 15 - Robin Ward, harp concert. 7.30pm at Taranaki Cathedral Church of St Mary, 37 Vivian St, New Plymouth.

Friday 15 - Operatunity presents Spotlight on Stage featuring famous tunes from classics. 11am at City West Church, 62c Poplar Gr, Whalers Gate, New Plymouth.

Saturday 16 - Puke Ariki's King of the Grills Final.

Saturday 16 and Sunday 17 - Mary Barnard singing a tribute to Patsy Cline and the Carpenters at Cue Theatre, Inglewood.

Sunday 17 - Sounds on the Sand 2013, with The Blues Buffet. 1pm, Opunake Beach.

Sunday 17 - Flax workshop. 2pm at Hollard Gardens Kaponga.

Sunday 17 - Taranaki Jazz Club event, Roseneath Centennial Ragtime Band from 4pm to 7pm at Waiau Estate, Onaero.

Monday 18 - Reece Mastin Beautiful Nightmare 2013 Tour, 7pm at TSB Showplace.

Monday 18 to March 15 - Rhonda Bunyan, photography at Village Gallery, Eltham.

Thursday 21 - Lunchtime organ recital. 12.15pm at Taranaki Cathedral Church of St Mary, New Plymouth.

Saturday 23 - Food, wine & music festival, Hawera.

Tuesday 26 - Monica Brewster Evening with artist Maddie Leach. 6pm at Govett-Brewster Art Gallery, New Plymouth.

Wednesday 27 - Ukulele Orchestra of Great Britain. 8pm, TSB Showplace.

Thursday 28 - Bikes, Blues & Hot Cars, Opunake.


New Plymouth's Real TArt Gallery art exhibitions throughout March include Anna Korver & Steve Molloy. Art, photography & sculpture and Rae van't Hof - art.

Friday 1 - Bikes, Blues & Hot Cars, Hawera.

Saturday 2 - Taranaki Cathedral Stewardship Concert Organ Plus! Organ with soloists and ensembles at Taranaki Cathedral. Time TBC.

Saturday 2 - Arts in Taumata Park, Eltham.

Saturday 2 to Saturday 9 - Harrisment. Three one act plays by Richard Harris. Hawera Repertory production.

Tuesday 5 until Saturday 30 - Creative Diversity exhibition by Michaela Stoneman. at Lysaght Watt Gallery, Hawera.

Wednesday 6 - Galvanised with Diedre Irons. 7.30pm at Theatre Royal TSB Showplace.

Saturday 9 - The Laughing Samoans, Fobulous. 8pm at TSB Showplace.

Saturday 9 - Taranaki Multi Cultural Extravaganza. 10am to 4pm at Pukekura Raceway, New Plymouth.

Sunday 10 - Taranaki Jazz Club event, Barbara Crow & Friends from 4pm to 7pm at New Plymouth Club.

Tuesday 12 - Oh What a Night. A celebration of Frankie Valli's life. 7.30pm, TSB Showplace.

Thursday 14 - Annie Sandano exhibition opens at Kina NZ Design + Art Space, New Plymouth.

Friday 15 to Sunday 17 - Womad at the Bowl of Brooklands, New Plymouth.

Friday 15 - Villainy and Rival State, Mode.Set.Clear. 8pm at the Mayfair, New Plymouth. Two of New Zealand's most exciting new rock bands join forces.

Monday 18 to April 12 - Members' Easter exhibition at Village Gallery, Eltham.

Wednesday 20 - Tony Joe White, Blues musician. 7.30pm at TSB Showplace. R18.

Thursday 21 - Lunchtime organ recital. 12.15pm at Taranaki Cathedral Church of St Mary, New Plymouth.

Friday 22 - Operatunity presents Opera to Popera. 11am at City West, New Plymouth.


TSB Hub Wedding and Party Expo! - Date to be confirmed.

Monday 1 - Opening of the 15th International Collage Exhibition/ Exchange. At the Percy Thomson Gallery in Stratford, as well as online on the Virtual Tart site at

Monday 1 - Opening of Kidzone competition exhibition at Percy Thomson Gallery, Stratford.

Monday 1 until Saturday 27 - Hawera High School exhibition at Lysaght Watt Gallery, Hawera.

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