Thursday May 6th – Opening Hours 10am – 4pm

What’s On

The latest CAN News!

May is shaping up to be an exciting month at CAN; with exhibitions that will take you to a new level of art appreciation.

Installed this Friday 7 May, ‘Re-View’ is a vast collection of work by renowned New Zealand artist Clare Plug, which celebrates her lifelong addiction to textiles.

Spread over CAN, filling the Main Gallery and the Mezzanine, go on a journey of Plug’s career, from making art quilts in the USA to creating textile art pieces in response to her 2006 residency in the Antarctic, addressing the issue of climate change. Much of the work will be for sale, and represents a rare opportunity to add a unique and valuable piece to your art collection.

Clare will be at CAN to celebrate the opening of her exhibition on:

Saturday 15 May, 5.30pm – 7.30pm.

All are warmly welcomed and light refreshments will be served at this unique double opening. 

On the same night, come along and meet Joseph Rowntree, who will making up the other half of the double opening celebration. Live music will be provided by family member Mike Rowntree to complete the experience.

Joseph Rowntree is an emerging artist from Hawke’s Bay who is fast gaining a reputation for his use of repurposed windows as an alternative canvas. His exhibition ‘New School Relics’ on display from 14 May for 3 weeks, is a collection of studio works reflecting Joseph’s exploration of ‘post-British empire’ life in Aotearoa.

After winning the 2020 ‘CANdid-50’ People’s Choice Award, Joseph was presented with a 2021 complimentary two week exhibition in the CAN Small Gallery. Rowntree’s resulting exhibition will be accompanied by a weekend residency, where the public will have the opportunity to watch the artist paint in the gallery, May 21 -23.

Catch the last week of the amazing ‘Metamorphosis’ project in the Small Gallery this coming week, and enjoy the new ‘Framing the Frame’ exhibition by students from Sacred Heart College in the foyer for the month of May.

Sprawled across the Workshop wall and in the front space of the foyer, view the intricate work of the Floral Art Society in ‘Art and Design’, an exhibition of contemporary floral design by six designers from the Hawkes Bay area, and one watercolour flower painter, Bev Doohan.

The Floral Art Society of New Zealand Inc. 2021 AGM and Conference, Hawkes Bay, will be held at the Napier War Memorial Conference Centre from the 21 – 23 May 2021. The exhibition will be on display at CAN for the month of May to coincide with this important event.

As we head towards Mother’s Day on Sunday 9 May, the shelves have been stocked in the CAN shop ready for those last minute gifts. A wide variety of handmade, beautiful pieces await you, all made by local artisans. Choose from jewellery, ceramics, wooden homewares, glassware, natural skincare and even sock monkeys!

We also have a large range of beautiful cards on offer so you can make CAN a one-stop shop for Mum’s special day.

One idea would be to gift your Mum a creative day out, enjoying an upcoming workshop at CAN. Next up is a fantastic mono-print class on Saturday 29 May, where she will explore mono-printing on to cotton or calico fabric using textile inks.

Expert fabric printer Sue Weston will share her knowledge and techniques to carefully guide students through the process of creating one-off pattern prints onto squares of fabric. These can then be used to create cushion covers, bags, face masks, patchwork quilts or any small sewing project.

Sue will have examples of her projects made with printed fabrics, from simple patchwork throws to a cushion and glasses cases. She will also bring some small patchwork art quilts to inspire.
Once you have learned this technique, it’s easy to set up and carry on at home. No special or expensive equipment is required! Book by emailing Alex on The cost is $95 for the day, with inky fun guaranteed.

Lastly, but definitely not least, have you ever considered volunteering your skills to contribute towards a governing board position?

The CAN Board has sadly waved goodbye to a couple of members recently who have moved out of the area. We are looking for new, vibrant and knowledgeable people to ‘second’ onto the current Board. In particular, if you are an artist or have relevant business skills in marketing or fundraising, we would love to hear from you.

If you would like to give it a try, we welcome you to come along to a meeting and try it out! The Board meets once a month, to make decisions and support the operation of the centre. If you think this is you, please email your details to Michael Ahrens, Board Chair:

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