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Hutt Valley Arts Newsletter 30 Nov – 14 Dec

Press Release – Hutt Valley Community Arts

Come along and support up and coming young musicians as well as professional players every Wednesday in this community venue. All performers are of a very high standard and one of our young performers is now studying in London
30th November – 14th December 2011



Come along and support up and coming young musicians as well as professional players every Wednesday in this community venue. All performers are of a very high standard and one of our young performers is now studying in London

Date Wednesdays
Time 12.15 – 1.00 p.m
Venue St Mark’s Church, Woburn Road , Lower Hutt
Info email Ann Aitken


Your chance to see this lively professional dance band with their energetic rhythms which won’t let you sit down for long. Three soulful singers supported by a funky rhythm section and sax will entertain you.

Date Friday 2nd December
Time 9 p.m. – midnight
Venue Horse & Hound Bar & Café, 219 Jackson St, Petone, Lower Hutt
Info Admission Free / Over 18’s only


Nick Tansley’s iconic concert is coming to Lower Hutt this Christmas having taken place in Wellington city and around the country for over 20 years. It features performances from local talent, your favourite carols, a visit from Santa and lots more. Postponement due to bad weather : Sunday 4th December

Date Saturday 3rd December
Time Gates open : 5 p.m. Community Concert : 5.45 p.m. Main Event : 7.30 p.m.
Venue Hutt Recreation Ground, Bellevue St, Lower Hutt
Info All Ages / Admission Free


Duelling conductors, duetting cats, an old fashioned typewriter and the latest in E-Conductor technology! No, it’s not NZ’s Got Talent, it’s the Hutt Valley Orchestra’s end of year concert; an evening of entertainment combining serious and humourous pieces to welcome the sunshine back with laughter. Songs from shows such as Spamalot, Chorus Line with some arrangements by Brent John Stewart and an unusual version of Pachelbel’s Canon; the programme also includes Debussy, Mozart, Rossini and Clare Cowan’s ‘A recipe for Disaster’ especially written for the orchestra in 2008.

Date Saturday 3rd December
Time 7.30 – 9.30 p.m.
Venue St James’ Anglican Church, 71 Woburn Road, Lower Hutt
Cost Adult $15 / Seniors $12 / Children $8 (door sales only)
Info Hutt Valley Orchestra’s website


A lovely way to spend an evening with Bill Wollerman, plus boogie with Max & Matt Sings. Full bar service. Bill will play from 6 p.m. Come early to secure a table.

Date Sunday 4th December
Time 6 p.m.
Venue Days Bay Pavilion, 611b Marine Drive, Williams Park, Days Bay, Lower Hutt
Info All Ages / Admission Free check out Days Bay Pavilion website


A Christmas concert with brass band classics as well as lovely Christmas music to help us get in the festive spirit and celebrate a successful year for the band which saw them become National B Grade Champions.

Date Sunday 4th December
Time 3 – 4.30 p.m.
Venue St James’ Anglican Church, 71 Woburn Road, Lower Hutt
Info All Ages / Admission Free


Three chances to hear this wonderful new choir perform a range of gospel music just right for Christmas. There’s also an Open Night on Monday 12th December from 6 – 8 p.m. if you’d like to come along and try out the choir for yourself. Rehearsals at St Andrews Church on The Terrace.

Date 1 Monday 5th December 5.30 – 6 p.m.
Venue Wellington Railway Station : Free

Date 2 Saturday 10th December 7 – 9 p.m.
Venue St Andrew’s Church onThe Terrace, Wellington CBD
Tickets $10 for adults / koha for children (door sales only)

Date 3 Friday 16th December 8.30 – 9 p.m.
Venue Christmas Tree, Waitangi Park, Waterfront



Take 5 & Te Whare Marama are proud to present a group exhibition with some beautiful sculptures, jewellery and cards which would make excellent Christmas presents. Over 20 artists are taking part including Ivan Love who is exhibiting his koauau flutes made from clay and finished with ceramic glazes, some with paua attached. Ivan was taught by Master Carver, Rangi Hetet at Waiwhetu Marae before attending Whiteraia Polytechnic where he was taught by Owen Mapp, an internationally recognised bone carver. The exhibition includes a wide range of artwork including paintings, sculpture, knitwear, jewellery, ceramics, bone carving and a lovely collection of cards and bookmarks.

Dates Until 4 December
Times Exhibition 10.30 – 4 p.m. (7 days a week)
Venue Farsite Gallery, Doreen Doolan Mall, 193 Jackson St , Petone
Info 04 568 3488


Support the opening of this latest artistic venture for the city. Next to the Hetet Artist’s Studios and the Tiki Café, all part of the Maori settlement at Waiwhetu.

Opening Wednesday 30th November
Time 7.30 p.m.
Venue 56 Guthrie Street, Lower Hutt
Contact Yvonne de Mille 04 938 9566


Come and see Roar’s latest artistic serving named ‘Art Takeaways’

Dates 1st – 23rd December
Time Opening 1st Dec 5.30 – 7 p.m.
Times Wed 11 – 5 p.m. / Thurs & Fri 11 – 6 p.m. / Sat 11 – 4 p.m.
Venue Roar Gallery, near corner of Victoria & Vivian Streets, CBD Wellington
Info Caryl McGirdy, Gallery Manager 04 385 7602


What a fun exhibition! Not only do you get to see the artwork but you get to ride it! Dunedin artist Scott Eady restores a collection of children’s discarded bicycles, scooters and trikes making this special exhibition interactive as it allows children (2 – 8 year olds) to ride through the gallery on a unique customised stead.

Dates 1st Nov 2011 – 5th Feb 2012
Times 10 – 4.30 p.m.
Venue The Dowse Art Museum , 45 Laings Road , Lower Hutt
Info All Ages / Admission Free


Join the exciting launch of the markets which include a gourmet food extravanganza with taste sensations from France, Germany, Mexico, the Philipines, Turkey and lots more. You can buy quality food for your next dinner party including fresh fish, salami, wine, chutneys, breads, nougat, even dog biscuits! And for your Christmas shopping, our stalls include stunning jewellery, clothing, cards, jandals, skin products, etc or why not get an airbrush tattoo, a photo from our market photographer. Bouncy castles and merry go rounds for the kids makes it a true family night out and if you’re busy playing sport or at a class, why not join us later for some quality food.

Opening Thursday 1st December (and every Thursday)
Times 4.30 – 9.30 p.m.
Where Laings Road, Lower Hutt

IN THREE MINDS : Deaf & Hard of Hearing Artist tour

Is silence golden? A unique experience where three artists think about elements, movement, and myth. With no restrictions on medium, size or content, each student was free to take their ideas as far as they desired. This is the first time deaf & hearing impaired students have exhibited in Lower Hutt and for some, the first time ever exhibiting in a professional gallery.

Opening Tuesday 6th December from 7 – 8.30 p.m.
Dates Wednesday 7th – Saturday 10th December
Times 10.30 a.m. – 7 p.m.
Venue Hutt Art Society Odlin Gallery, Cnr Huia & Myrtle Streets, Lower Hutt
Info Free Admission / All welcome


More ideas for Christmas. Daniel Mills now has a wide range of posters and limited edition prints for sale of selected artworks all available through his website.


Former director of Capital E, Peter Wilson is a master puppeteer. Many artists have travelled from all over the world to have a chance to work with him and improve their skills. His shows have toured Australia and New Zealand as well as the Far East and he is hoping to take the company to Shanghai in 2012. The company has just completed a successful eco production for primary schools called ‘Paper Shaper’ which incorporated mask work as well as puppetry. The children were clearly enchanted as they followed the adventures of the actor interacting with the puppet who made wonderful creations from the paper thrown in the rubbish bin. The company are presently touring ‘Paper Plays’ for early learning centres, an age group that many shy away from as they are hard to please and their attention spans tend to be a lot shorter! However, this magical Japanese adventure is absolutely perfect for young audiences. The children follow the adventures of Nompon and Debuden as they try to find their clothes and shoes and the children are captivated from the start. If you would like more information on the company or would like to book their new production ‘The Kowhai Tree’ for 2012, please contact :
Peter on 021 042 1851 or check out their website

Hutt Valley Community Arts / Farsite Gallery / The Arts Hub
Doreen Doolan Mall, Jackson St, Petone : 04 568 3488

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