Wednesday April 8th – Opening Hours 10am – 4pm

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With the Napier Art Deco Festival coming up, I am sure your copy of the Festival Guide has been well thumbed as you plan your activities for the weekend. You will notice that Creative Arts Napier is one of the venues listed on page 22, offering some opportunities to cool off in our air conditioned galleries and take some respite from the fun and games taking place outside.

Relax and enjoy an exhibition of photographs by local photographer and camera collector Jake Brookie. During the 2019 Art Deco Festival local camera collector Jake took photographs of the fashion, fun and the flying machines (and Jacinda Ardern!) with nothing but old vintage cameras and film;

Every Art Deco Festival thousands of people take Napier back in time in a celebration of the style of Art Deco. As a photographer I love to capture images with vintage cameras which could have been taken in the 1930s. But using an old camera does have its quirks.’

Also on display are a collection of pictures taken by Napier locals using family ‘box cameras’ made over 60 years ago. The cameras themselves are also on show. Entry is free to the exhibition, which will be on display until 29 February.

Also – Join Jake for a free presentation about the stories behind the photographs and see the cameras used to take them, on Monday 24 February at 10.30am. Have a go at handling an old camera and see photography through a different lens! If you have brought a vintage camera to the festival Jake can give you some information about it, including how it would have been used.

Another exciting event that will be held at CAN during the Art Deco Festival is an opportunity to be transported back to the 1930s with your own Art Deco inspired hand drawn caricature in ink!

Michele Jung, a local illustrator, artist, and teacher will have you inked up in no time at all for just $10 per caricature. Each caricature/portrait takes between 3 – 5 minutes to sketch, so no sitting around for hours – just a few minutes and you have your own personalised drawing to take home. Quick sketches done from life can provide a great spontaneity and feeling which can’t be beaten!  Rain or shine, visit Michele at CAN: 10-1pm on Saturday 22 February. Michele is donating 20% of her proceeds to CAN; all donations help us keep our doors open 7 days a week, so thank you Michele!

You can also visit the other CAN exhibitions over the weekend and enjoy the Art Deco inspired paintings of local painters Janice Hambly, Trent Wylie, Sonia Chrystall (featured in this week’s Vibe section of Hawke’s Bay Today), Sybille Schlumbom and ‘Symphony No.5’, a collaborative exhibition by CAN tutor Helen Dynes and her weekly painters.

Looking ahead…

Join us on Friday 28 February for a double opening event, celebrating the exhibitions of Hawke’s Bay Photographic Society and local artist Ardie Rankin. As usual, CAN will be open 5-7pm and light refreshments will be served. Always such a great way to start the weekend!

Fancy joining us to celebrate the launch of local celebrity author Charity Norman’s new book? Well, you can! All welcome…


Before you head off to kick up your heels, here’s a ‘Save the Date’ for an event that has been missing from the Hawke’s Bay Art calendar for years. Together with Arts Inc. Heretaunga, Creative Arts Napier is proud to announce the return of the Hawke’s Bay Art Trail at Easter weekend 2020.

This event is a revitalised, exciting weekend of art indulgence, offering a rare glimpse into the studio spaces of the region’s creatives, artists and designers that are listed in the Hawke’s Bay Art Guide.

This is your opportunity to tour Napier and Hastings, and beyond into rural Hawke’s Bay, to be inspired and intrigued by our creatives and their studios. The doors will be flung open and the public welcomed inside to these sometimes very private spaces, uncovering the processes behind the work that is created inside.

Artists will be in their spaces displaying and selling work over Easter weekend from 10am – 5pm on Saturday and Sunday 11 & 12 April. There will be demonstrations and inspiring creative workshops to sign up for. Look out for the additional ‘pop-up’ style galleries too.

Give yourself, your friends and your family an enriching experience by keeping an eye out for other, associated Art Trail events at Easter weekend. Grab hold of a Trail Map and Hawke’s Bay Arts Guide from Creative Arts Napier or Arts Inc. Heretaunga or download a map from during the week before the event, and make a weekend of it. It’s an ideal weekend to invite family and friends along to from out of town along to. For enquiries please contact and look out for the Hawke’s Bay Art Trail Facebook page and Instagram coming soon!

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