Sunday December 8th – Opening Hours 10am – 2pm

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The latest CAN News!

Very exciting news, folks!

CAN turns 5 years old very soon, and we warmly invite you to a very special event to celebrate our journey.

We have had highs, we have had lows – but ultimately, this building and what we get up to inside has proved to mean much more to the community than we could ever have hoped for. So, we would love you to join us and raise a glass (or two) on this special occasion!

Thursday 12 December, 5-7pm at Creative Arts Napier – RSVP to

Complimentary bubbles on arrival/cash bar/light refreshments available – and a DJ, so don’t forget your dancing shoes!

To add some excitement we will also be running a combined Christmas and 5th Birthday Fundraising Auction on the night, where you can bid on some fantastic goods and services from generous local businesses such as The Pencil Room and Takaro Trails Bike Tours. You can get your all your gifts sorted in one night, as our Christmas Art and Design Market will be open too – that’s if you can tear yourself away from the party zone!

Sometimes at CAN we experience a really good ‘run’ of exhibitions by local artists, and this year has been truly exceptional. Our latest show opening this Friday, 22 November 5-7pm is a collaboration by three young and energetic creatives, exhibiting a range of work in contrasting styles and media.

Working with photography, printmaking, paint and canvas, Dali Susanto and his friends Cat Sutherland and ‘V’ have put together a show entitled ‘Urban Psychology’ in the Main Gallery that will not disappoint the viewer.

Dali is a Napier artist that shows his work regularly at CAN. Originally from Java, Indonesia he moved to New Zealand in 2007. Dali creates dynamic, individual designs that adorn everything from canvas, bags, furniture to clothing and more recently, concrete – as he takes his recognisable style to the streets. Dali has always loved art especially painting, and grew up in a place they call ‘The Art Capital of Indonesia’ surrounded by local artists including many talented family members. Dali’s mother teaches Batik courses to national and international tourists from her gallery. Dali was influenced and inspired by many batik patterns and prints whilst growing up, which later fed into his individual contemporary style.

Based in Hawkes Bay for the last 8 years, Cat Sutherland has studied and worked on creating her own business in digital film and photography and graduated last year with a Bachelor in Creative Practice from Ideaschool at EIT. This allowed her to combine her passion of photography with the dexterity of photopolymer intaglio printmaking; offering the opportunity to expand the exploration of the amalgamation of the two medias. These works are mixed media of photography and printmaking. Through experimentation by converting her photographs into hand crafted prints, this creates an individual aesthetic. Choosing this method transforms digital images into tactile ones, which invokes an analogue form. Cat’s work contextually investigates the female form.

As the third collaborator in the exhibition, V’s work focuses around New Zealand’s ever expanding multi diverse identity, directly engaging in conversations around colonization both worldwide and her own European and Pacifica lineage. Challenging loss of deep-rooted customs, iconography, and connection to our planet and one another as a species, her work seeks to look at the depths of human nature.  V tackles subject matter such as addiction, mental health and disconnection with tribal identity. Hawkes Bay based, V has exhibited nationally as well as being featured in international publications (VICE). She has spent the last 3 years working on a variety of projects but largely focused on her contemporary urban art and film practices.

In the Small Gallery there will be another new exhibition for you to visit from Friday 22 November.
‘Wreckage; Rising from the Ashes’ showcases the recent work of local printmaker Angela Lalonde.

Angela is best known for her technical printmaking skills and wide ranging use of media. Angela graduated from Alberta University of Art and Design (formerly Alberta College of Art & Design) in Canada in 2005 with a degree in Print Media specialising in Lithography and Intaglio. The body of work on display explores the mental health journey Ms. Lalonde is experiencing and hopes to engage the viewers in a visual conversation about mental health and the stigma that surrounds it, whilst also attempting to normalise the exposure to mental health issues that she believes many of us encounter in our daily lives. Angela uses printmaking techniques as the groundwork for her imagery and then builds layer upon layer with stencils, paint, metal leaf and ink to fully channel the creative process and produce an image that is truly intuitive.

Coming up, don’t miss out on the Napier Christmas Parade on Sunday 1 December, and yes CAN will be there! Bring your little ones to the CAN craft tables outside no. 202 Lower Emerson Street directly after the parade to enjoy some free arty Christmas activities. Our helpers will be there to assist and guide you in stamping some cool Christmas wrapping paper and cards to take home.

Talking of Christmas, the CAN Christmas Art and Design Market is now fully subscribed and promises to be bursting at the seams with hand crafted, sustainable goodies. Make a date to come along to the Preview Night on Friday 6 December, 5-7pm and tick off everyone on your Christmas list while supporting local artisans at the same time.

There will be an abundance of stocking fillers at affordable prices and you will be able to meet some of the artists, all while enjoying some light refreshments to celebrate the festive season. We have organised a bumper raffle too, so make sure you are in to win by buying a $2 ticket, or three for $5. Our Christmas Market Preview Nights are always an exciting, fun evening so bring some friends and be one of the first to browse the beautiful pieces on offer.

On the same night, Friday 6 December 5-7pm we will also be celebrating the opening of two other exhibitions; ‘The Prism Effect’ by Marion Brennan and Ola Sawaie’s show of recent work Merging Cultures’.

If you have to work right up to Christmas Eve, and have little ones that have finished school, check out the Pencil Room art classes that will keep little hands busy while you do the last minute shop! Emily runs fabulous, educational classes at CAN from 9am – 3pm daily. More information can be found on her website www.the

Also look out for information on the CAN website on Term 1 2020 adults evening classes, coming soon.

Don’t forget to RSVP for the CAN 5th birthday celebration…. and we look forward to seeing you very soon!

For more event details please visit our website.

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