Monday August 10th – Opening Hours 10am – 4pm

What’s On

The latest CAN News!

Things are moving along fast at Creative Arts Napier, as our pocket of the world enjoys the freedom to move around and make the most of what’s on offer. Coming up soon is a wealth of opportunity to join creative classes, view new exhibitions or book some space to hold your own at CAN.

First on the list is an invitation to join us at CAN this Saturday for a personal appearance by the well-known and respected NZ artist Peter Madden.

ARTIST’S TALK: Peter Madden

Saturday 1 August, 11am – 11.30am.
Main Gallery, Creative Arts Napier

Peter will discuss the making of his work currently on display, and is happy to answer any questions that you may have about his practice. He will also discuss some other works in the current exhibition ‘Stronger at the Broken Places’, engaging with members of the audience in a conversation about the themes and conventions of the work.

Peter Madden’s installations and collages are assembled from images cut from encyclopedias, advertisements and National Geographic magazines. His works are fantastical, poetic and the complex layering of imagery invites metaphorical associations. Come along and find out more about this fascinating artist.


Friday 7 August, 5-7pm
All welcome!

Next week, there is an exciting exhibition opening celebration on Friday, 7 August at 5-7pm,and you are warmly invited to join us.

‘W6’ is a group exhibition, featuring well known Artists from Heretaunga/Hawkes Bay; Troy Gardiner, Clayton Gibson, Andy Heyward, Ross Mackay, Jean McGavock and Ricks Terstappen. What they have in common, is that they all belong to the Heretaunga Ararau o Ngāti Kahungunu Waka Ama Roopu. In other words, they all paddle waka ama together up and down the Ngaruroro River.

This Exhibition is called ‘W6’ because usually there are six people in a waka and the competitive name for a six-person waka is a ‘W6’.

The creation of art is their primary focus in life, followed closely by their love for waka ama.The works on display, both sculpture and painting, promise to take your breath away as each artist relates their own visual story relating to waka, legends, navigation and voyages.

Clayton Gibson, Curator at Hastings City Art Gallery is one of the group and amongst other work is exhibiting two paintings depicting the native ruru (owl); ‘In pre-European times the pā of Tanenuiarangi sat on the banks of Ngaruroro Mokotuararo ki Rangatira.  This pā was never breeched by the enemy.  Its’ palisade was constructed of kahikatea which grew in the local ngahere and was a preferred habitat of ruru (our local owl). The paintings reflect the relationship between the river and the people, the river and the birdlife and the waka used to travel inland and out to the bay, and the relationship I now share as a member of Heretaunga Ararau o Ngāti Kahungunu Waka ama Roopu.’

It is a great privilege for CAN to host this beautiful exhibition, and we look forward to welcoming you along. The work will be on display in the Main Gallery from Friday 7 until Thursday 20 August.


Next on the list is a wonderful opportunity for Hawkes Bay artists to enter our upcoming ‘CANdid-50’ Community Art Exhibition. The selected works will be on display in the CAN Main Gallery in October, during the Harcourt’s Hawke’s Bay Arts Festival, including the exciting ‘Nuit Blanc; Art after Dark’ event and during the Hawke’s Bay Art Trail at Labour weekend.

This selected exhibition of 50 works by 50 Hawke’s Bay Artists promises to be an exciting addition to all of the events and exhibitions on offer during this time.

All Hawke’s Bay Artists are invited to submit a work, in any media, for selection by the well respected and experienced Hawke’s Bay based selector Roy Dunningham.

There will be an exciting gala opening night and a People’s Choice Award will be presented at the end of the exhibition. We will be encouraging everyone so come and cast their vote. As the entry fee is just $15, we are expecting all of our talented regional artists to make a submission. The result will be a vibrant showcase of Hawke’s Bay Art, bringing together both artists and the community.

More information is available on the CAN website:


Feel like joining in a painting workshop with Artist Dali Susanto, weaving a harakeke kete with expert Lee Olsen or learning how to monoprint with printmaker Angela Lalonde? These are three workshops we have available to book in September, so be quick to grab your spot and learn something new. Contact to find out more about each of these and to register your interest.

Ask us about the new CAN membership scheme too, which is another way to show your support for the opportunities we provide.


Talking of support, a personal thank you to everyone who has supported me (Lisa) over the last 20 months in the role of Interim Manager. I am delighted to announce that after a rigorous recruitment process, the CAN Board have taken the decision to appoint me in the role of General Manager. I’m looking forward to working alongside you all to bring more exciting arts events to CAN, and seeing the organisation grow and evolve.

From Chris Lord, Board Chair:

‘On behalf of the Board I am delighted to advise that following a (COVID delayed) recruitment and selection process Lisa Feyen has been appointed to the permanent role of General Manager effective Monday 13 July. Lisa has ably filled the Interim Manager position and was a standout applicant for the GM position. When we reflect on the past months of uncertainty we look forward to a period of stability and renewed and invigorated focus on the work that we do and the value it adds to our community. Lisa will be working closely with the Board in setting and implementing our strategic priorities; and we look forward to further developing and securing CAN’s place in the Napier, and wider Hawke’s Bay arts scene.’


Lastly, it was with great sadness we waved goodbye to staff member Yvette O’Neill as she left CAN last week, to move to Cambridge. Thank you to everyone who contributed to Yvette’s leaving present, she was gifted a box full of handmade glass blooms made by Napier artist Jenni Foster – which Yvette says were the first item she unpacked in her new home. We wish her every happiness for the future.

Lisa Feyen
Creative Arts Napier
16 Byron Street
PO Box 1083
Napier 4140
06 835 9448