Come along and celebrate our latest exhibition, Always Song in the Water, through a vibrant lineup of activities during the opening weekend.

Meet the artists, experience insightful panel discussions, lively performances, poetry and whānau-friendly activities to inspire the tamariki.

Exhibition Opening Celebration

Friday 25 Aug, 6pm - 8:30pm | FULLY BOOKED

Join us alongside many exhibiting artists and be one of the first to experience Always Song in the Water. The evening begins with a welcome and poetry before you step in and witness our latest exhibition. Light refreshments and an eftpos bar will be available.


Artist Floor Talks 

Saturday 26 Aug, 11am - 3pm | Free with museum entry

Hear from the curators and artists of our newest exhibition, Always Song in the Water, as they explore themes close to their hearts.

Artist talks will be held in Edmiston Gallery

Artist talk lineup

Exhibiting artists discuss their fascination with the Pacific Ocean and the many species that live and sing in its waters.

How do you make art about a subject as immense as the Pacific Ocean? And how, as humans, do we make a home in this overwhelmingly aquatic reality?

The nine ‘Kermadec’ artists who voyaged on the HMNZS Otago to Rangitāhua Raoul Island in 2011 still feel the effects of that life-changing oceanic encounter. Hear about their experience and its aftermath.

Whānau Day

Sunday 27 Aug, 10am - 4pm | Free with museum entry

Clay Taonga, 10am - 2pm - Be inspired by the textures of the sea and create a clay taonga to wear close to your heart.  

Activity Booklet, 10am - 4pm - Explore the wonders of our exhibition with an interactive activity book that also offers engaging at-home activities.

Haiku Competition, 10am - 4pm - Get creative and craft your very own haiku using our giant magnetic poetry wall. Go into the draw to win one of our three prizes for kids, teens and adults.

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