Art exhibition spaces
Paraparaumu and Ōtaki libraries have community art exhibition spaces, giving members of the public and local groups the opportunity to show their work.
Roderick and Gillian Deane Community Art Space – Paraparaumu Library
Thursday and Friday 9am–7.30pm
This community art exhibition space in Paraparaumu is located just to the right of the library foyer. Along with the new library, it was opened in 2002 and has proved to be a very popular exhibition space. Exhibitions of all descriptions have been held in the space: pottery, painting, sculpture, quilting, origami, woodturning, weaving and installations have all featured.
- 4 December- 17 December: Showcasing Shakespeare - Calligraphy and letter arts
- 18 December - 4 January: Eclectic Yarn - stories in stitches and threads by Bronwyn Angela White
- 5 January - 18 January: Home & Away - Recent works (paintings by Shirley Sutton from her 2021 trip around Australia
- 19 January -25 January: Discover Kāpiti Heritage - historical items and images from our local museums during Discover Kāpiti Heritage Weekend (23-25 January)
Ngā Wāwata – Ōtaki Library Art Space
Ngā Wāwata is an art exhibition space located inside the area to the side of the front entrance in front of the main library desk. The art space has a strong community focus as an exhibition space for community groups, schools and individuals who otherwise may not have access to exhibition spaces on the Kāpiti Coast. It is promoted as a “user friendly” place where artists can (with the guidance of the Art Space Coordinator) have the experience of organising and curating their own exhibition.
Roderick & Gillian Deane Art Exhibition Space, Paraparaumu Library
The Art Exhibition Space is available to local artists and arts groups who may not have access to other galleries. Exhibition periods are for two weeks.
The gallery is often booked months ahead so if you are interested in exhibiting please submit a Booking Request Form with your proposed exhibition and preferred dates, or email the Arts Advisor, Rosie Salas, at [email protected] with this information.
Please note that Council requires everyone entering or using our public buildings to have a vaccine pass. Exhibitors will be asked to verify this in the booking form and to show library staff when at the library.
We are keen to connect art exhibitions with Library or Council activities when we can, and may discuss timing and possible activities to achieve this.
Please note that the Paraparaumu Library Art Space is booked at times for regular Library and Arts exhibitions, and may also be required for other Council activities such as local elections. This means that we may not be able to allocate your preferred time slot or that we may have to reschedule your exhibition.
There is no charge for rent nor is commission charged on sales. Please read the Library Policy governing the sale of items.
Installing an exhibition
Exhibitions are usually in place for two weeks. The Roderick and Gillian Deane Community Artspace has the following layout:
- Total floor area is approximately 3m x 5m = 15 square metres
- There are four walls with six wall panels with a combination of a track hanging system and pin boards that can be used (not all walls have both options).
- The front of the gallery opens off the library foyer.
- The rear of the gallery has two swing doors that open through to a meeting room.
- There is a track lighting system with small spotlights which can be adjusted.
If you would like assistance with hanging your exhibition, please let us know. We suggest you come in and have a look if you are not familiar with the space.
Technical details about the space and installation
Total floor area: approximately 15 square metres
Six wall panels - dimensions are:
- 1.7m x 1.2m
- 1.1m x 1.2 m
- 0.600m x 1.2m
- 1.0m x 1.2m
- 300m x 1.2m
- 1.7m x 1.0m
The art exhibition space offers a number of ways to display artworks
- The Gallery Hanging System – this is a professional system used by galleries. It consists of a track placed on three of the walls - wire hanging straps slide into the track, each wire can take 1-2 adjustable hooks from which artworks can be hung. Hooks are adjusted using an Allen key. Artworks will need to be strung to use this system. The hooks are large and may show above a boxed canvas frame if it is simply placed on the hook and not strung. The hanging system is in place on the three main walls.
- Pin Board – there is one pin board section which is 1700 wide by 1000 high. This is great for displaying drawings, lighter paintings (small boxed canvas), photographs, quilts, weaving or text. Pins and Velcro dots are recommended but please NO blu-tack on the pin board!
- Floor Space – artists are welcome to make use of the floor space for displaying sculpture or an installation artwork. There needs to be enough clearance to around the space. Props such as driftwood or stones can be used as long as they will not cause damage to the floor covering or impede people walking around the art space. You are welcome to bring plinths and props to display your art as these are not provided by the library.