Corban Estate Arts Centre - December Events

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With Christmas and the New Year fast approaching, we're finishing 2019 on a high note! 

Our end-of-year group exhibition Solid As a Rock opens on 5 December, showcasing 13 artists of Niuean heritage. This will be an important moment for Niuean arts and culture, so make sure you are at the exhibition opening to celebrate the artworks and show your support.   

Our Annual Christmas Shop Sale runs from 4-14 December. Don't miss out on 10% off ALL Gallery Shop items including ceramics, glass, jewellery and more.

The annual exhibition Te Whakatipu Akoranga from 12-15 December, exhibits a variety of new works from the popular K?kano Youth Arts Collective. Works sell out fast so be sure to be at the opening on 11 December, from 10am, if you want to get an original affordable piece of art.

With just under two months until Summer School 2020 we have very limited places remaining. If you were planning on enrolling don't leave it any longer. Two workshops are now fully booked with others not far behind. 

Corban Estate Arts Centre will be closed from 24 December to 2 January, re-opening on 3 January, 10am-4.30pm. Our team wishes you a Happy Holiday season and we thank you for being part of our community in 2019! 







Solid as a Rock
Group Show

This exhibition conveys journeys of connection, revival, sustaining and celebrating culture through the perspective of Niuean artists living in both Aotearoa and Niue. Through printmaking, painting, textiles, embroidery, sculpture, text, language and moving image work, they tell their stories. 

6 December - 9 February

Opening Thu 5 December, 6-8pm  

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Introduction to Carving
With Wikuki Kingi and Tania Wolfgramm

This workshop will focus on the design, construction, and carving of traditional Waka Hoe or wooden paddles using both hand and power tools. Starting with an introduction to carving, Wikuki will work with participants to create their own paddle and understand its use, form, and function. Traditional stories and chants will be shared to broaden knowledge of waka, navigation, and paddles.

4 days
Mon 13 – Thur 16 January
10am – 4.30pm

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Abstract Landscapes
With Sally Barron

Take part in this 5 day exploratory oil painting workshop, creating sketchbook content and building a body of work inspired by the heritage architecture and natural landscape of Corban Estate Arts Centre. Participants will be taught about colour theory, colour mixing and painting techniques with an emphasis on experimentation and individual development to suit all levels. All these learnings will then be combined to create a single abstract landscape masterpiece on canvas.

5 days
Mon 13 – Fri 17 January
10am – 4.30pm

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Only 1 Place available





Japanese Woodblock Printing Mokuhanga
With Sybille Schlumbom

Based on the principles of Japanese woodblock carving and printing (mokuhanga), this creative workshop will introduce the extensive possibilities of this low tech printing method. Participants will possess a vital toolkit of printmaking techniques that can be easily built upon or added to their individualised art practice. While wood blocks will be provided to create printing, experienced tutor Sybille will teach the basics of creating your own wood blocks to be worked on beyond the class. 

5 days
Mon 13 – Fri 17 January
10am – 4.30pm

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Only 3 Places available




Etching Workshop
With Jan Philip Raath

Learn about etching with specialist Jan Philip Raath of Auckland Print Studio.  The focus of this workshop is to develop methodologies and a strong skill set that will help participants to achieve consistent, repeatable results using the etching techniques of hard ground and aquatint. Participants will walk away with the necessary skills to produce an etching plate with standard line work and tonal areas.

5 days
Mon 13 – Fri 17 January
10am – 4.30pm

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Creative Documentary - Framing your World
With Paul Janman

Over 5 days, filmmaker Paul Janman will be guiding participants through the fundamentals of making a creative short (2 min) documentary film and equipping them with the skills to tell their own impactful audio-visual stories. From development of the story concept to the basic techniques of filming and editing (on any level of equipment from mobile to professional), participants will explore the surprising possibilities of factual filmmaking.

5 days
Mon 13 – Fri 17 January
11am – 4.00pm

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Crash Course in Glass Casting
With Sofia Athineou

Discover the captivating art of glass casting in this fun and intensive 5 day workshop. Working with wax, clay and a variety of other materials, participants will gain an understanding of mould making and the lost wax method with the goal of creating a beautiful and unique piece of glasswork. Techniques to carefully de-mould and polish castings will also be covered. All classes will take place at the Corban Estate site and firing will be done in Sofia’s kiln at her studio.

5 days
Mon 13 – Fri 17 January
10am – 4.30pm

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Fully Booked




Gallery Shop Christmas Sale
Sat 7 December - Sat 14 December, 10am - 4pm daily

Tick items off your Christmas list with 10% OFF EVERYTHING in the GALLERY SHOP during the sale, and complimentary gift wrapping! The Gallery Shop sits within the Corban Estate Homestead, housing a wonderful selection of unique artworks from artists based both in Waitakere and across New Zealand. Select from a distinctive range of hand-crafted pieces including jewellery, weaving, pounamu, sculpture, glassware, ceramics, textiles and prints, along with books and cards. 




K?kano Youth Arts Collective presents Te Whakatipu Akoranga - our 2019 End of Year Exhibition!

Te Whakatipu Akoranga will feature artworks by very talented rangatahi, created in studio sessions throughout 2019. If you’ve attended this event in previous years, you will know that the standard is high, the mahi on display is deeply meaningful and the artworks sell fast!

All works are for purchase with funds going back to the K?kano artists. This is a family friendly, FREE event – all welcome!

Opening event: Wed 11 December 2019, 10am

Where: Projectspace, Corban Estate Arts Centre, 2 Mt Lebanon Lane, Henderson

Exhibition run dates: Thu 12 December – Sun 15 December, 10am - 2pm

Supported by: Henderson-Massey Local Board, Corban Estate Arts Centre, Hugo Charitable Trust, Panuku Development Auckland, Potter Masonic Trust, Creative New Zealand and The Trusts Community Foundation, Foundation North, Lotteries Grants Board, Auckland Tourism, Events and Economic Development.








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