White Night

For one night only, Napier’s art precinct will come to life with a series of exhibitions, live performance, interactive events and artists in residence.
Inspired by Nuit Blanche in Paris, White Night was conceived to make arts and culture accessible to everyone in the community. It offers a unique opportunity to engage with the arts in an open and accessible way, whether you’re a first-time gallery goer or an arts connoisseur.
Gather friends and family from 7.00pm until late, as selected Napier venues open their doors and showcase the diversity of art and culture in our local community.
Immerse yourself in a surreal and futuristic laser light canopy show down Herschell Street after sunset and on the hour. Show courtesy of Sam Deller from Boom Factory, Hawke's Bay's own premier laser and pyro show specialists.
Be entertained between venue’s with the musical stylings of Tyley Burkin. Tyley will be performing songs inspired by Richard Boyd-Dunlop prints of musical icons such as Madonna, Bowie and Johnny Cash.
This is an event suitable for the whole family.
Boyd-Dunlop Gallery; Creative Arts Napier; MTG Hawke’s Bay; SPA_CE Gallery; Tennyson Gallery; The Department of Curiosities and Fine Things; The Pencil Room; The Rabbit Room; Viva Gallery; Wardini Books

Boyd-Dunlop Gallery
A print exhibition of Creative Icons will be on display in the Boyd-Dunlop Gallery e.g. David Bowie, Grace Jones, Sid Vicious, Andy Warhol, Picasso.

Creative Arts Napier
Interactive Art Installation in the CAN: WHITE LIGHT
‘White Light’ is an art installation designed and installed at CAN by Hawke’s Bay artist Lisa Feyen; commissioned by Creative Arts Napier. Experience the magic of hundreds of illuminated paper boats, below a canopy of stars, white sails twisting from floor to ceiling. Make your own paper boat to place alongside the others on the floor. Live Performance from The Lemons. Free entry; first drink free/ cash bar.

Splendour at the Museum
Experience the splendour of the museum at night, with a pop up bar serving wine and craft beer, art and live performance. Exhibitions include Freedom and Structure: Cubism and New Zealand Art 1930-1960, Jono Rotman: Ōmarunui and Brett Graham: He taonga te pai & he taonga te kino. Free entry

Napier Music Academy
Napier Music Academy brings music education to all ages in the Hawkes Bay music community through mentoring, lessons, band sessions, workshops, seminars and holiday programmes. Some of their talented students will be performing as part of White Night so come down and support these guys

Tomb Raiders Bronwynne Cornish & Denys Watkins Sept 15 - Oct 13
Bronwynne Cornish is one of New Zealand's best-known ceramic artists. SPA_CE will present work created in collaboration with her partner, painter Denys Watkins. Bronwynne returns to the region following her 2014 exhibition at the MTG - Mudlark.

Tennyson Gallery
Night time will bring Tennyson Gallery to life in an entirely new way, offering a unique way to experience the dynamic paintings of Anthony Chiappin, design studio Faculty which are the collaborative works of Hayden Maunsell and Tara Cooney, and the wider collection of art, objects and jewellery. This will also be an opportunity to see stunning contemporary New Zealand jewellery shown on live models.

The Department of Curiosities and Fine Things.
The Department of Curiosities and Fine Things will present a curated display of craft curiosities and quirky oddities. These specimens have been collected and preserved in jars and presentation cases and will be on display for the general public to stare in wonder and awe over. Think of it as the love-child of a Carnival Freak Show and a Natural History Museum who got busy in the art section of a craft store.

The Drama Workshop
'Drama in the Shadows'. Come and watch and participate as a magical story from Dr Suess is brought to life through the White Night Light of shadow puppetry with musical accompaniment by Michael Rowlands. This will be a work in progress that everyone can contribute to. Chat with the actors and tutors about the theatre-art of The Drama Workshop.

The Pencil Room
The Pencil Room is an educational art studio with a focus on fine art techniques and creativity. Come upstairs, relax, and add your own creative mark to a collaborative White Night artwork!

The Rabbit Room
“Life is a full circle, widening until it joins the circle motions of the infinite.” Anais Nin.
Full Circle will be an exhibition of intricately hand-stitched drawings by Napier born artist Katherine Claypole exploring geometric pattern and circular formations. Full Circle will be in essence a homecoming exhibition for the artist.

Viva Gallery
It's Viva's Birthday Exhibition - One year ago we opened to a huge crowd in our new Hastings Street premises. Tonight we are featuring celebratory new work by our artists and we will all be present, in action making artwork and sharing our skills and enthusiasm for our favourite art media.

Wardini Books
The game is afoot. Piece together the clues hidden about the shop and interact with street urchins, villains, and a host of bizarre Steampunk characters to discover the Traitor and the Thief in this interactive Steampunk mystery.

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