Thursday July 29th – Opening Hours 10am – 4pm

What’s On

The latest CAN News!

School holidays have arrived and, as always, CAN is the place to be for children’s creative workshops and inspiration, especially when it’s too chilly for outside activities!

Pre-booking guarantees a place on the workshops, so call CAN on 06 835 9448 or check online to see what’s available.

Next week, join expert Ngaio Blackwood at the School Holiday Stitch Up! to learn basic embroidery techniques at CAN with children’s classes on Tuesday, July 20 for 5+ years in the morning, and an afternoon class for 8+ years.

If painting ceramics is something you and your child would like to try, don’t miss the ‘Paint Your Own Pottery Classes’ for kids next week at CAN. Decorate a ceramic cat, penguin, mug, plate and more for three days only; 10am – 3pm on Monday 19, Wednesday 21 and Friday, July 23. No artistic skill is necessary, and the workshop price includes paint, glazing and firing. Workshops take approximately one hour and start at $15. Please contact Simone directly to book your place: 021 110 7922.

There’s also an exciting new class for teens using embroidery to embellish and customise a piece of your clothing with Ngaio. Popular items to bring are denim jackets, jeans or hats. This fun class will run from 11am – 3pm on Thursday 22 July. The cost to take part is just $40 with yummy snacks included. Book your place by contacting or call 06 835 9448.

Save the date for the upcoming CAN ‘Mid-Winter Makers Market Late Night Shopping Event’, on Friday July 23, 5-7pm. Light refreshments will be served, including a BAKE SALE fundraiser, a ‘Winter Well-being’ Raffle and live entertainment provided by local singer/songwriter Liberty.

Be one of the first in to have your pick of the Market at this exciting event. CAN are encouraging visitors to BUY LOCAL, and come and see the rich treasure of affordable goodies that are made right on your doorstep by artists in Hawke’s Bay. The market will take place in CAN’s beautiful Main Gallery, open 7 days a week and entry is free!

‘Midwinter Masterpieces’ is an exhibition by the CAN group of painters that meet every Tuesday, tutored by artist Helen Dynes.

This year, the artists have been inspired by the Old Masters. Interpretive paintings based on well-known works will be on show, including pieces inspired by Mondrian, Monet, Van Gogh, Whistler, Picasso, O’Keefe, Chagall, Vermeer and Mucha, to name a few.

This lovely exhibition offers many works for sale, some by silent auction with 50% of all sales donated to CAN, a registered charity, and the group’s creative meeting space and ‘home’. Come along and place a bid! The exhibition is on display in the Main Gallery until Thursday, July 22.

In the Foyer for the month of July, enjoy new paintings by talented artist Kim Cleverton in ‘Clouds, Skies and Other Things’ and Erice Fairbrother’s drawings and prints in her micro-exhibition ‘Life Lines’.

In the Small Gallery you will discover a fascinating collection of antique handwritten mortgage documents, some dating back to the 17th century with their original wax seals. The collection was put together by local Margaret Jaffe, who is proud to put them on display for the public to see. They are definitely worth a look, the craftsmanship of the dipped pen on vellum is a sight to behold.

Did you know that CAN has recently formed a collaboration with Keirunga Creative Hub in Havelock North?

We will be running our established and popular CAN workshops there, starting in August with Sue Weston’s Textile Monoprinting Class on Saturday, August 7.
Keirunga Creative Hub is a fabulous facility, and being able to expand our range of workshops and offer them to the Hastings and Havelock North community seems a natural next step.

Information about the upcoming Keirunga/CAN classes can be found on the CAN website. Choose from evening classes in Linocut Printmaking with Cate Godwin, Textile Monoprinting with Sue Weston, two Embroidery classes with Ngaio Blackwood, and Bookbinding with Terrie Reddish. More will be added, as this exciting joint project gains momentum.

Last but not least, thank you to each and every artist who has submitted work to the upcoming 2021 Hawke’s Bay Art Review. In total we received 172 entries! This is a record number, and we wish you all lots of luck as we send the images and information off to our Guest Selector Tyson Campbell.

We look forward to welcoming you to CAN on your next visit. CAN is a registered charity so ask us about the benefits of becoming a Friend of CAN, and don’t forget we are open 7 days per week: Mon-Sat 10am – 4pm and Sundays 10am – 2pm. Entry is by voluntary donation.

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