Light Ships for Bright Nights – Art workshop with Sarah Jane Blake

Light Ships for Bright Nights – Art workshop with Sarah Jane Blake 

Be part of Bright Nights at the Maritime Museum with a unique art workshop with artist, Sarah Jane Blake. The workshops involve creating scale ship sculptures on poles that will be paraded through the Bright Nights event after dark where their forms will light up. The ships will also be exhibited in a stationery position after the performance, and will appear floating in space.

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Light Ships - Artist Workshop

Saturday 12 May, 11am – 4pm (includes break time for lunch)

Free workshop, participants must be 17 or over

Bookings are required, and we recommend booking early to avoid disappointment as spaces are limited


Workshops participants will be guided to create beautiful ships using beach flotsam and jetsam. They will be able to make crew, figureheads, flags, oars, sails etc. The ships are then strung with battery powered seed lights. Ships are pre-fabricated to skeletal form by the artist.

About the project:

Sarah Jane Blake has spent a lot of time at sea and on watch at night. There is a wonder which forms when seeing a light on the horizon and imagining what sort of ship it could be, what it is carrying, who is inside-magical thoughts occur. The ocean has a distorted time scape as there is no record of history out at sea just the ever changing waves so the imagination bounds. The sailing boat is a symbol of hope, passage and of stories and knowledge crossing between lands. Ships passing in the night, guiding us through the dark, light ships are full of promise guiding us to safe shores. The creation of beauty and magic out of waste.

About the artist:

Sarah-Jane is an artist, theatre designer and deviser. She studied theatre design at the Motley Theatre Design Course, London, UK. Passionate about experimental and community arts recent work includes design for ‘Antigone’ Theatre Behind Bars at Paremoremo prison, ‘The Wild Seed Thief’ Kate Parker for Auckland Theatre Company, ‘Maui Me Te Ra’ Auckland Theatre Company, ‘The Floating Theatre’ Winning Productions, ‘This Way Out’ Mixit, Refugee youth arts, ‘The Rime Of The Modern Mariner’ Playground Collective and ‘The Elephant Thief’ Indian Ink. Her own work investigates dark and macabre themes sometimes with a surreal humor and naive aesthetic. She seduces the viewer into an unexpected world with underlying currents of a bizarre and menacing nature. Man vs Nature and the decline of the environment is a strong theme throughout her work.

This year Sarah-Jane plans to take a fantastical art project to sea. Watch this space and for a ships log see 

  • Residents of the Auckland region can visit the Maritime Museum galleries for free if they provide proof of address on arrival
  • Children: 5-14 years old (4 years and under are free)
  • Family Pass = 2 adults & 2 children or 1 adult & 3 children

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Bookings essential. Please call (09) 373 0800 or email to reserve your place.