Lark – Rachel Miller


Rachel Miller

Opening Saturday 2pm 14th March 2020

Exhibition open 14th March to 13th April 2020

LARK – An accumulation of optical insights not to be missed!!

This exhibition, by Rachel Miller, is new work showcasing a range of media including photo montage, fabric collage drawings and oil paint, graphite, and wax on paper compositions.

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Big Words Speaker Event

Ecology 2020

Big Words – Speaker Event

Our Ecology 2020 Speaker Event is designed with Hokianga in mind. On the Sunday afternoon that ends the Hokianga Festival For Change we have the privilege to bring you three wonderful individuals who walk the talk.

John Wigglesworth will moderate this exciting conversation.

Change is a given. The Hokianga is a unique area, having history, beauty, and the potential to be a peaceful resource. We strive to acknowledge that and to consider visions beyond just our own. To work out positive change before changes are thrust upon us. To make ways to share generously without becoming what everyone is trying to escape from. This is the work we undertake in companionship with the mahi of others who craft meaningful change in our area; in health, wellbeing, and the environment.

Our three speakers will—in conversation—bring us ideas from their extensive bank of experience. Tony, for example, has written about ideal community structures, and the philosophy of living simply and helping others to do so—‘Sustainability’ was his word. Kennedy helps us see other sorts of being in the environment and appreciation for all sorts of aspects of nature and society through his writing. And Sue engages with change for people and environments as a community activist of many, many years standing.

As we expect large numbers, please respect our speakers by arriving at 1.45 in order to pay and be seated ready for a 2pm start.

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Ecology 2020

Ecology 2020

Big Words/Bigger Actions

Opening 11am Saturday 8th February

Open 8th February – 8th March 2020

The exhibition Ecology 2020. Big Words/Bigger Actions, opens on Saturday 8 February at 11am and runs through February at Village Arts Gallery, Kohukohu, finishing on March 8.

The exhibition is allied to the Hokianga Festival for Change on the weekend 28th Feb to 01 March. The festival is billed as ‘A community event showcasing a range of multi-media work suggesting how we might change the way we live’. Our own exhibition aims to put the ‘multi’ into the media.

And as well as the festival speakers and performers, we have our own great speaker event on Sunday March 1, so watch our social media for that.

And… if that isn’t exciting enough…

This exhibition is about change. One of the things we can all do is lessen our dependency on our cars. We invite people with bikes (electric or manual) to cycle to the opening. You will be an opportunity at the opening to test drive an electric bike.

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Summer Show 2019

Summer Show 2019

The Village Arts Summer Show is a showcase for our Northland artists’ artwork, craft, and objects, that can be taken home on purchase. Come to the opening to support our artists and to get first pick, and come again when the show has updated after the Christmas rush. Our shop has smaller works ideal for Christmas gifts, and there will be a small vintage collection in the Great Little Room.
Many thanks to our supporters. It has been a great year for art at the gallery and we are planning a stimulating 2020 programme.

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Charlie Dawes

Charlie Dawes

Everybody’s Artist Photographer

Opening 11am 30th November 2019

Open 30th November to 15th December 2019

Starting on Saturday, November 30th, this exhibition has photos of the Hokianga, from family portraits to landscapes, taken during his time in the Hokianga during the late 1800s to the early 1900s.

A Pōwhiri held at 11am on the 30th November to acknowledged the artist/photographer and the people in the photos; they are our community’s taonga.

Come along to this excellent snapshot of Kohukohu at this time.

Charles Peet Dawes spent most of his life in Kohukohu, Hokianga. He was a jack-of-all-trades, working variously as a carrier, mailman, nightsoil collector and orchardist.
He was also a photographer, running a studio in Kohukohu probably from at least 1892 to around 1925.
When he died in 1947 his glass plates were dispersed, but a box of his plates were found under a house in Umawera in the late 1960s. Their value was recognised by Ben Te Wake from Te Karaka, and later given to the Northern Advocate in Whangārei. In a junk shop in Auckland’s Upper Queen St. in the 1970s. another box of plates were found, and around 475 negatives were discovered in a secondhand store in Kaitaia in 2012.
Together with the 1,650 glass negatives gifted by Dawes descendants in 2018, these now form the Dawes collection at Tāmaki Pātaka Kōrero Central City Library. Many of the photographs in this collection are on display for the first time
This collection is an extraordinary documentation of the life and times of the people of Hokianga at the height of the timber industry.
Village Arts would like to thank the Auckland City Library, and No.1 Gallery in Rāwene.
We acknowledge and mihi to the local whānau whose ancestors are recorded here in this collection.

The gallery also has a selection of water colour paintings of colonial buildings by local identity Malcolm Pinkney.

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