Monday January 24th – Opening Hours 10am – 4pm

What’s On

The latest CAN News!

If you are not already a Friend of CAN, now is the time to join!

We have just recently added two new discounts from local businesses that are exclusively available to CAN members only.

As art lovers, you will be interested to know that Edges Art + Framing are now offering a 15% discount on framing, with pick up and delivery available.

Just next door to CAN, Three Wise Birds Portside Bar and Restaurant (an excellent ‘next stop’ after a CAN visit), are offering 10% discount when you show your membership card. 

These are in addition to the already established 10% discount from Gordon Harris Art Supplies online.

Join as a Friend of CAN and support us to keep the doors open 7 days a week! Click on this link for more info: Let’s Be Friends!

If you have joined our scheme recently, don’t forget to ask for your welcome pack and membership card during your next CAN visit. It will be at the front desk waiting for you.

So, what’s going on at CAN?

Following ‘Duologue’ in the Small Gallery; a collaborative exhibition by local art teachers and artists Sandra Howlett and Ashton Jamieson, you will discover the work of their talented level 1 students at Sacred Heart College, in ‘Level Up 2021 Complete’ presented as folio boards from this Friday.

The boards represent the best of their work from 2021, themed as “Tūrangawaewae – our standing place’ and is used as evidence for assessment. Come and see what our future artists and designers have been up to, on display from Friday 12th until Thursday, November 18 in the Small Gallery.

In the Main Gallery, catch the last week of talented painter Fred Ellison‘s exhibition ‘Multifariosarty’ which is on display until Thursday 18 November.


Coming up very soon, from Saturday, November 20 CAN is proud to be hosting the
2021 Hawke’s Bay Art Review. 

The Hawke’s Bay Art Review was revived as a biennial competition by Creative Arts Napier in 2017.

Earlier this year submissions were invited from local emerging and established artists in painting and drawing, printmaking, sculpture, photography, multi-media, design, textiles and ceramics from artists throughout New Zealand, who have close connections to Hawke’s Bay. All the galleries at Creative Arts Napier will be dedicated to displaying 61 selected works, from a total of 174 entries.

At the private opening on Friday 19th November, our Guest Selector and Curator Tyson Campbell will award the Gordon Harris/Team Coldicutt Premier Award of $2000 plus six Highly Commended Awards to the value of $200 each.

The exhibition and award winning pieces can be viewed from Saturday 20 November, when Tyson will be presenting a Selector’s Talk at 11am.

All are welcome to this event and entry is free.

Have you heard of ‘Let’s Get Sticky’?

This is a series of wonderful ink and resin workshops initiated by local respected artist Rae West, and we are lucky
to be hosting three of them in November at CAN.

Deep dive into your inner creative and get hands on with the delightful realms of resin, gold leaf and inks. You will create two round artworks, both 38cm wide. There are no rules and you will surprise yourself with the finished results. The workshops are approximately two hours long, with a ‘show and tell’ and refreshments when completed. Beginner artists are welcome. There are two spaces available for THIS SATURDAY 13 November so be quick and you could be getting sticky this weekend.
To book a place check the ‘Let’s Get Sticky’ website:

Artists and craftisans, it’s time to grab one of the last spots at the CAN Christmas Makers Market, choosing from either a wall space and/or table to display your hand crafted wares from Friday, December 10 for 4 weeks over the holiday period.

The space hire fee is affordable and includes full marketing of the event and a grand opening preview event to entice Christmas shoppers to fill their stockings with NZ made, quality pieces. Locally made art is not stuck in containers on the ocean, it’s right here at CAN. Contact us and show us what you create today, call Michelle 06 835 9448 or email

Christmas Makers Market Late Night Preview Event
Friday 10 December at 5pm
Free entry with refreshments available

Lastly a HUGE Thank You! to Angela Williams from Epplett & Co Chartered Accountants, who recently retired from the CAN Board. Angela has generously shared her expertise as the Board Treasurer, preparing our monthly reports and end of year accounts. We will miss Angela’s contribution to the team, and wish her all the best with her future endeavours.

If you have experience in accountancy, we are looking for a new Board Treasurer to join our volunteer governing board. Meetings are held just once a month after work hours and your assistance would be greatly appreciated. CAN is a registered charity and incorporated society and could not operate without the support of our enthusiastic volunteers. If this sounds like you, please email Lisa Feyen

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