Porirua Arts Hub
The following list of artists, performers and art supporters is sorted by category. Note that within each category there is no particular order. They have been listed as the information has been received.
Category: ARTS AND ARTISTS
Sub Category: Visual Arts
Robyn Hall Art
I am an Artist, mostly painting local landscapes, however I also love painting New Zealand native birds. I work mostly in acrylic paint and pencil. I have my paintings and pictures available for viewing by arrangement at my Gallery - Unit 22 2-4 Northpoint Street, Plimmerton. Please phone to make an appointment.
Mob: 027 283 9604
Alan and Ellen Hodgetts -“SweetArts”
A marriage in art: SweetArts is a creative collaboration between Wellington based husband and wife Alan and Ellen Hodgetts and has come about because of our mutual love of art. SweetArts provides the platform for us to work together on fun and interesting creative projects. It is our way of opening the door to the world of art and to communicate more widely about the things we do.
We are not art snobs - we take our art seriously - but not ourselves. Clients, visitors to our exhibitions, friends and business associates appreciate our accessible and non-elitist approach to art. We are both practising artist members of the New Zealand Academy of Fine Arts and exhibit regularly in the Wellington region.
Sub Category: Visual Arts/Design
Samoan/Tokelau artist/Graphic designer, specialising in painting, printing, illustrations. Designer for the publicity and programme for the annual Porirua Festival of the Elements.
Mob: +64 21 211 3008
Sub Category: Visual Arts/Photography
Sharron Bowers Creative
Acrylic painting, drawing and photography. I specialise in people, animals and landscapes.
Mob: +64 21 129 1037
Sub Category: Visual Arts, Photography, Community Arts and Crafts
PixieMoon Photography and Designs
A local artist, photographer and designer of clothing, accessories and homewares. I frequent local markets and festivals within Wellington and beyond. Mostly self taught but I completed a Diploma of Art and Creativity from The Learning Connexion in 2013.
I am a passionate artist who wishes to develop and encourage not only artists but those who appreciate the journey which enables people to grow and to prosper. I have had experience in and around art therapy and collectively helping others through art and craft, as well as drama and dance. I love working alongside people.
Mob: 022 659 4086
Sub Category: Visual Arts, Photography, Pottery and Glass
Joanne Honey Thomas
Whilst I now live in Granada Village, I was born in Porirua and have strong family connections in Titahi Bay.
I have been a commercial photographer for ten years working mostly in studios. While I have really enjoyed capturing products, major events and people from the acting world I am finding working outside the studio just as wonderful. Over the past year I have created a community photo club which currently has 20 adult members who meet once a month to showcase our monthly assignments. I also work as a photo editor helping other photographers to fine tune their photos in Photoshop. I also accept a limited number of weddings and family portraits a year.
In addition to my work as a photographer and as a glass artist I have taken up the hobby of pottery, and now I have a complete pottery studio on my property (I offer my kilns to other potters who need their work fired, and also developed a lovely bronze raku glaze which I sell to other potters around NZ). While I have enjoyed wheel work I am more focused on hand building. I have made a raku kiln and pit fire kiln and enjoyed the learning curves of these firing and results. There is something very special of making a glaze from scratch. There are currently five galleries and gift stores that stock my pottery work - Loyal in Churton Park, Lush in Raumati, Emerging Light Gallery in Plimmerton, Madeline in Foxton and The Lake House Art Centre in Takapuna
Very recently I started to teach myself the world of glass and love how I can recycle vintage glass into something very modern and functional. This learning curve has taken me down to Christchurch to collect around 200kilos of broken glass from the earthquakes which did so much damage to the city and to the people of Christchurch. Along with wood which I recovered from a demolition site, I have shaped small hand size houses. I am using around 100 small broken pieces of house glass to reform a new solid form. These supposedly worthless left-overs are seen to be very healing by some who have lost their homes.
I have started a Facebook page for the Christchurch glass project (see below) and I will be donating to the City Mission which supports the homeless down in Christchurch, along with other important causes.
Mob: 027 254 6563
Category: MUSEUMS AND GALLERIES
Emerging Light Gallery
Emerging Light Gallery is a cosy little gallery located in the Plimmerton Village next to the train station. Opened in November 2013, ELG intends to bridge the gap between cafes and larger galleries for emerging and established artists in the Porirua area. The Gallery is perfect for solo exhibitions and its intimate size is especially welcoming to emerging artists, providing plenty of wall space without the intimidation of a large gallery. The Gallery is available to individual or group artists for hire, but also provides well received curated exhibitions that artists are welcome to take part in during the year. Please contact the Gallery for more information.
Tel: 04 2331351
Mob: 021 913656
Category: Community Arts and Crafts
Echoes is an eco community hub in the heart of Kenepuru.
Echoes stands for Eco, community, holistic health, organic wealth, education and spirit.
We run eco art and dance workshops. Our latest venture is a mixed media workshop with well known local artists Sharron Bowers and James Michael.
Come to a New World, Where Our People and Planet Come First. All welcome
Tel: 04 9798973
Street address: 4 Rauta Crescent, Kenepuru, Porirua (Next to Te Rito Gardens)
Musician and songwriter, recording two albums "Drifting at Whananaki" and "Metal Roads", Diploma of music at Whitireia Polytechnic School of Music, first year BM paper at Victoria University, won a song writing competition in1991 at the Auckland Folk Festival and came runner up the second year!
Mob: 021 037 9513
Facebook: to be advised
Jams, sessions, likes meeting new people and having fun through music!
Mob: 021 256 0110
Folk musician living in Plimmerton and performing regularly around Porirua and further afield. Has performed at the Festival of the Elements twice, and at the Wellington Folk Festival.
Mob: 021 246 9558
Celtic traditional and contemporary songs, traditional and contemporary folk and other. Usually sing with groups or an accompanist. Also instrumental – plays percussion in traditional Celtic music such as bodhran, bones etc.
Played with many groups over the years - Ourselves Alone, Paddymac, Muirsheen Duirkeen, Rambling Celts and others. Has also performed with touring visiting groups such as The Chieftains. Regular session musician.
Phone: 04 2379902
Celtic music band that plays traditional, and more recent contemporary type Celtic tunes and songs, as well as other folk styles such as Pogues, Woody Guthrie, Ewan MacColl etc. All members of the group sing and play an instrument.
Ed Budding - fiddle, accordion and vocals
Caroline Just - guitar and vocals
Karen Munro - guitar, fiddle and vocals
Phil O'Connell - Bodhran, bones and other percussion, vocals
We have a varied repertoire including traditional and more recent and contemporary songs, ballads, slow airs, reels, jigs, hornpipes, Celtic mazurkas, Kerry polkas and slides and many others. Available for most gigs - concerts parties 21sts, weddings, sessions, dances, community events etc.
Phone: 04 2379902
I am a New Zealand born Indian who is passionate and versatile between all forms of art ranging from composing original songs, to writing, painting and theatre. From an early age I was given the freedom to express my imagination which is something that has become another part of who I am.
As a soloist, I'm inspired from a large platter of genres, languages and cultures. I'm a person who will listen to anything from Hebrew to Classical music and integrate aspects from each genre to uniquely fit my own personality. I have performed at public and private concerts all around the Wellington region- guitar and solo voice. I am available for events and am happy to tailor my repertoire to suit the occasion. Through college I have placed 3rd equal at the National Shakespeare Festival for the Composition Competition. My barbershop quartet 'AC Times' also placed 1st at the YSIH National Barbershop Quartet Competition.
As an Artist I often look to life experience, worldly matters and often ask the big question as to why things are the way they are. I love writing and I also love painting. I often play on ideas behind the themes of freedom and independence, resulting in mysterious, intriguing imagery and symbolism.
Phone: 021 172 3681
Musician-(pianist,trumpet-player,arranger, composer). Forty years experience in New Zealand as performer, recording artist/musical director on television and radio, appearances at major jazz festivals throughout New Zealand, winner of two NZ National Music "TUI" Awards, award for Best original score Wellington Theatre Federation, past tutor at Massey Conservatory of Music, (now NZSM).
Phone: 233 8202