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Mairangi Arts Centre: News

He toi whakairo, he mana tangata – Where there is artistic excellence, there is human dignity

Mairangi Arts Centre is proud to host InsideOut 5 this April, an exhibition of artwork produced through the ‘Art in Prisons Programme’ by talented artists from various Northern Region Corrections Facilities.

Now in its fifth year, this annual display is the result of a unique partnership between Mairangi Arts Centre and the Department  of Corrections – recipients of Arts Access Aotearoa’s Big ‘A’ Community Partnership Award in 2011.

Participation in art has been found to assist offenders in a number of ways including connecting with a sense of self worth, developing skills to work co-operatively with others and providing the impetus for a change in life direction. It provides an opportunity for prisoners and society as a whole to shift focus away from past negative patterns towards both future potential and the real hope offered by permanent, positive change.
Artists work on planning and producing carvings, paintings and quilts for the show a year in advance. Subject matters range from traditional cultural themes through to the contemporary, along with a selection of more general artworks without cultural reference. A number of new artists will be featured this year. Most of the works on display are for sale with proceeds donated to a nominated charity. This is an extremely popular exhibition with visitors always very impressed by the high standard of the artwork and the very reasonable prices.
The opening of InsideOut 5 on Saturday 5 April 2014 is by invite only however there will be plenty of opportunity to view the display at the Mairangi Arts Centre. The exhibition will be open to the public from Monday 7 April to Saturday 3 May. Gallery hours are Mon-Fri 9.30am-4pm and Sat 10am-2pm.

Please see our website for further information.
Mairangi Arts Centre, 20 Hastings Rd, Mairangi Bay
09 478 2237

Mairangi Arts Centre
What’s on In April

This month the centre is buzzing!  We are opening an exciting, major exhibition (see opposite page), bookings are open for our Term 2 art programme and we are gearing up to welcome kids for our brand new crafty school holiday programme towards the end of the month.

April School Holiday Programme:
22 April – 2 May 2014

If you are searching for ways to keep the kids entertained during the Easter holidays then take a browse through our crafty school holiday art programme. It’s brimming with lots of stimulating craft classes guaranteed to keep boredom at bay. Your budding young artist can make puppets from recycled materials, create a miniature in clay, get into some movie making, learn drumming techniques, weave with paper, create a beautiful cast glass seashell or make fish kites to name just a few of the choices available. For full detail visit our website

Try a Term Class: Term 2 starts 5 May!
Enrolments have opened for our Term 2 art class programme so this is a great opportunity to indulge your creative side, pick up some skills and develop a wonderful new hobby while making new friends. At Mairangi Arts Centre we pride ourselves on offering a wide range of art classes for all ages and for all levels of experience. We have some very interesting traditional and contemporary classes in painting (oils, acrylics or watercolour), drawing and printmaking. But our programme is so varied we also offer some more unusual options: For example you can create an exquisite glass sculptural piece, tantalise your taste buds with a class in Italian Cuisine, immerse yourself in a class to learn textile up-cycling and sewing or take a weekend workshop in metal and wire weaving. Our friendly, experienced tutors are practising artists themselves and have a passion for sharing their knowledge. Full detail of our classes for children, teens and adults may be viewed on
 Online booking is available for your convenience. We hope to welcome you at the centre soon.

Mairangi Arts Centre, 20 Hastings Rd, Mairangi Bay
09 478 2237

by Channel Editorial