Kāpiti Coast Arts
Kāpiti has a wealth of talent and a large and diverse arts scene, making it a fascinating creative destination for locals and visitors alike.
Wonderful world on our doorstep
This summer Wellington welcomes the world for the biennial 2014 New Zealand Festival. It kicks off with a bang - The Big Bang!
Bring your friends and your family and we’ll bring the noise as Wellington welcomes the world at this spectacular opening night event.
The Big Bang will star 200 young New Zealanders from Wellington, Christchurch and South Auckland in a drumming group led by internationally acclaimed percussion ensemble Strike alongside hundreds of singers from community choirs across the region and top Kiwi band Kora.
This will be an explosive night for the whole of Wellington to remember – we’ll see you there!
When: Fri 21 Feb 8.30pm Where: Civic Square, Wellington. If the weather’s bad, head to the Michael Fowler Centre. FREE
The New Zealand Festival brings the best in arts from around the globe to the capital and surrounding region. From classical to the cutting-edge, grand spectacles to intimate arts experiences, the Festival will turn Wellington into a stage for around 300 events from 21 February-16 March 2014.
Festival fare for Kāpiti
The Festival on the Road programme brings artists from around the world to the greater Wellington region. Kāpiti Coast District Council proudly supports the Festival on the Road programme, bringing Festival events to Ōtaki, Waikanae, Paraparaumu and Paekākāriki.
Ōtaki: Tom Crean – Antarctic Explorer is an award-winning one man show which tells the riveting true stories of Tom Crean, one of the few men to serve with both Scott and Shackleton as well as survive three famous expeditions.
Mahara Gallery will be home to the legendary Field Collection during the Festival, exhibited for only the second time, and including 24 paintings from Frances Hodgkins’ early career.
As part of the Festival on the Road Writers Week, at Mahara Gallery Curator, biographer and art collection manager Jill Trevelyan will discuss her new biography, Peter McLeavey: The life and times of a New Zealand art dealer.
For lovers of Irish music Rhythm and Reels sees Hothouse Flowers Frontman Liam Ó Maonlaí leading a night of lively music and Irish folk sounds.
In Paekākāriki, Writers Week sees author Duncan Sarkies share the world of his new novel The Demolition of the Century.
Also in Paekākāriki, American writers Alison Bechdel and Terry Castle share an eclectic afternoon of wit and wisdom.
Festival programmes are available now in the District's
Public Libraries, and online at the Festival website.
Bookings are open now at all Ticketek outlets.
Kāpiti creativity and events
Amongst the many talented creative people on the coast, there are visual, fibre and digital artists, sculptors, musicians, writers, actors, dancers, filmmakers, jewellers and potters. There are many arts events of all kinds throughout the year. Listings for these can be found in the local press, on the radio and on events websites.
Kāpiti Arts Guide
There are galleries around the District and a number of Kāpiti's visual artists open their studios to visitors all year round. Details for many of these can be found in the Kāpiti Arts Guide, published in September 2013. These are available from visitor i-sites, galleries, studios and cafes around the region.
Public Art Gallery and ArtSpaces on the Kāpiti Coast
The District's Public Gallery, Mahara Gallery has an annual programme of high-calibre curated exhibitions and provides opportunities for Kāpiti Coast artists to exhibit.
The Gallery has access to the prestigious Field Collection of works and artefacts collected by the internationally-renowned artist Frances Hodgkins and her family. The Field family has strong historical ties to the Kāpiti Coast District, and Waikanae in particular, and the Collection provides a very valuable insight into the life of the artist, her family and the District.
The Gallery is operated by the Mahara Gallery Trust and is partially funded by the Kāpiti Coast District Council, view the Mahara Gallery website here. The Gallery is located in Mahara Place, Waikanae.
Art Spaces in Kāpiti Coast District Libraries
Each of the public libraries in the Kāpiti Coast District provides an art space, available to local artists and community groups.
Details on community art spaces at each library can be viewed here.
The three Library Art Spaces are:
- Gillian & Roderick Deane Art Space, Paraparaumu Library
- He Kākano, Waikanae Library
- Ngā Purapura, Otaki Library
Strategy for Supporting the Arts and associated policies
This Strategy was adopted by the Council in April 2012. Policies that have been developed under this are a Film Friendly Policy and a Public Art Policy.
The Strategy for Supporting the Arts sets out the Council's role and focus with regard to support of the arts in the Kāpiti Coast District. The Strategy provides a clear description of the Council's priorities for supporting the Arts.
The Film Friendly Policy is based on a partnership between Kāpiti Coast District Council and Film New Zealand. Its aim is to promote Kāpiti as a preferred location for film companies and provides guidance to film production companies considering filming on the Kāpiti Coast. In co-operation with Film Wellington, all liaison and permit processes are streamlined.
The Public Art Policy describes the process for the acquisition, holding and possible deaccessioning of public art owned by the Council.
The Creative Communites Scheme is funded by Creative New Zealand and is administered locally by the Kāpiti Coast District Council. The Scheme aims to support and encourage local communities to create and present diverse opportunities for accessing and participating in arts activities within the District, as well as for defined communities of interest.
There are two funding rounds in each Financial Year. (The Council's Financial Year starts 1 July). To view more information about the scheme, go here.
Middle Earth and Kāpiti
Congratulation to Sir Peter Jackson, Fran Walsh, Philippa Boyens and all the cast and thousands of crew on the completion of "The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey". We look forward to the next film in December this year.
The Kāpiti Coast District is called "Home" to many involved in the films - actors, crew, musicians, artists and artisans and more - and we congratulate all of them on their work and achievements.
Among these is actor Jed Brophy, now playing "Nori" the dwarf in "The Hobbit" films. Jed has a long association working with Peter Jackson, right from the earliest days of "Braindead" (1992). Waikanae Beach has the studio of ceramicist and potter Pamela Annsouth and the late Mirek Smisek OBE who created over 700 pottery goblets, jugs, bottles and other items for the "The Lord of the Rings" (LOTR) film trilogy.
The District itself featured in LOTR, with three locations chosen. These are: Queen Elizabeth Park (Pelennor Fields), Ōtaki Gorge Road (Hobbiton Woods) and Ōtaki Totara Forest (The Road to Hobbiton).
The annual Kāpiti Arts Trail is a must-see for visitors and locals alike. Usually held on the first weekend of November. Click on the link below for more information.
Kāpiti Arts Trail
Kāpiti Coast boasts 8 museums currently, and looks forward to welcoming The Printing Museum soon. For more information on the museums, click on the link below.