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Friday December 3rd – Opening Hours 10am – 4pm

What's on in December use the arrows to scroll through the current events

Samantha's Stories'

Book Launch & Signing

Dec 10th – Dec 10th

Visual Harmony

An exhibition by Pam Wildbore

Dec 10th – Dec 31st

Off My Easel

An Exhibition by Kiri Goodspeed

Dec 1st – Dec 31st

Through the Seasons

An exhibition by Katie Whitcombe

Dec 1st – Dec 31st

CAN Christmas Makers Market

And Market Preview night

Dec 10th – Jan 6th

Let's Get Sticky!

Resin and Ink Workshops

Nov 11th – Dec 17th

Calling Young Artists

Children's Art Deco Exhibition & Awards!

Nov 1st – Feb 8th

‘CAN SEW’ Evening Classes Term 4

For beginners and mixed abilities

Oct 20th – Dec 8th

‘Sew Fun’ Weekly Classes

Term 4 - for beginners and mixed abilities

Oct 20th – Dec 8th

The Hawke's Bay Art Review 2021

Selected Biennial Exhibition

Nov 20th – Dec 8th

Poetry Open Mic Night

A monthly get together by Napier Live Poets

Feb 1st – Dec 6th

The CAN Etching Press

Press for hire in the CAN workshop

Feb 15th – Dec 31st

Like to book a space?

We have four flexible gallery spaces to choose from for your exhibition, event, workshop or meeting.

Our workshop area is ideal for evening classes or workshops. Learn something new or teach a class! We also offer conference areas for meetings or private functions.

Welcome to CAN!

Please note that CAN is currently OPEN and operating under the government traffic light system (also known as COVID Protection Framework) under the orange setting. Please scan in using your Covid Tracer App, wear a face covering and observe social distancing when visiting our galleries.

As a public facility, you will not require a My Vaccine Pass for entry to CAN.

However, as CAN is also an event venue, if you are attending an event here from time to time you may be required to present a My Vaccine Pass. Please check the event listing on our website or Facebook for clarification.

When visiting:

  • You are required to wear a face covering
  • Please scan in using the COVID tracer app (or use the manual recording system)
  • Follow physical distancing guidelines

Your health and well-being is always our top priority. We are following Ministry of Health guidelines to protect you and ensure your visit is a safe and enjoyable experience.

About CAN:

Our mission is to enhance the creative spirit of Napier by providing accessible and affordable arts opportunities. Entry is free, and we open 7 days a week. CAN is a registered charity, so donations are gratefully received in the donations box located in the foyer.

Friends of CAN Membership
You can support CAN by  joining as a member for just $30 per year. Our latest membership available is for the year 1 July 2021 – 30 June 2022.
CAN is a registered charity and also, an incorporated society. Membership provides attractive benefits (such as 10% discount at Gordon Harris online and at Portside Restaurant on Marine Parade) and provides voting rights for the CAN AGM, which allows you to have your say on the governance of the centre.
We would love you to join the CAN family!
Find out more here: Friend of CAN Application

Volunteering at CAN
If you have an interest in the Arts and can offer some time during the week to support our services to the community, we would love to hear from you!
Our team of volunteers are vital to the operation of Creative Arts Napier, which is a registered charity. Our volunteers love being part of our team and working in the beautiful gallery spaces, greeting visitors and helping out with light duties. It’s a rewarding way to spend a few hours every week, and we value their contribution.
So, if this sounds like you please email manager@thecan.co.nz with your CV and a brief description of why you would like to become involved in Community Arts.

CAN Information
CAN What's On

We are here to support the Arts in Napier. Find out more about our vision.

CAN Napier community events

View creative events on around Napier or list your event on our website here

CAN e-newsletter sign-up

Keep up-to-date with CAN happenings. Sign-up and receive it every two weeks!

CAN artists

We have superb artists regularly exhibiting at CAN. View our artists gallery.