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Creative Northland has an ongoing commitment to making sure that the arts sector in Northland is dynamic, thriving, influential and productive.

Kings Theatre Hōtoke

Kings Theatre Creative in Kawakawa have released their full Hōtoke – Winter Programme following the first event in the programme – a creative writing workshop with Vivian Thomas and
the Northland Society of Authors at the end of June. “As we celebrate Matariki and the colder months we pack down our final exhibition for the season and redirect our energy. Over winter we turn our focus from our manuhiri / visitors to ourselves, our whanau and our communities,” says gallery director, Lau’rell Pratt. “We are all volunteers, and winter allows us a little more time to share our talents, take time to talk, make and create, so our programme is built around that; sharing skills, ideas, and motivation.

This years programme includes some of our popular workshops, including our Tamariki Toi School Holiday programme, and our Art Incubator – Whakatupu Ake for professional artists, Creative
writing and Poetry, along with a new Community-Create Series, aimed at anyone who wants to give art a go. “It’s a trial for us, so we hope the community from across the district gets into support the idea of ‘growing our collective-creative-capacity, social wellbeing and ’ Our member artists offer their time to share skills in a fun and relaxed workshop setting – this includes an introduction to print making workshop, jewellery/weaving and embellishment workshop and an introduction to paint workshop.

Details of the programme follow and are online via the Theatre Facebook page and Eventfinder.  For more Information contact Lau’rell Pratt, Gallery Director – kingstheatrecreative@gmail.com / 021 024 57571. Please register for any events kingstheatrecreative@gmail.com or phone/message 021 024 57571.


Tamariki Toi – School Holiday Art Programme, 10-19 July
Monday 10 & 17 July ‘Spray & Stencil’ with Marino and Wednesday 12 & 19 July ‘Upcycle’ with Alicia. These are inspiring, hands-on workshops, sharing skills and techniques with students
(aged 9-18). 9:30am – 4:00pm, $10 includes materials.

Art Incubator – Whakatupu Ake, July – September
Following the success of last years programme our Art Incubator is back for two Sunday workshops (30 July, 10 September). Art mentor Shane Hansen and KTC team up with artists to
share ideas, motivation and create work for our summer 2017/18 season. 10:30am – 4:00pm. Free for registered artists from across Tai Tokerau/Northland.

Community Create Workshops – 5, 13, 20 August
Print, Paint and Create  – Come join local artists in three one-day workshops in August, Jewellery/ Weaving with Alicia Courtney/Carolyn Lye (5 Aug), Printing with Jasmine Horton (13 Aug) and Painting with Helen Beech (20 Aug). It’s an opportunity to share skills, give something new a go and have fun creating and making. 10:30am – 4:00pm $20/workshop includes materials. All ages and skill level.

Poetry Day – Sunday 27 August
Celebrate National Poetry Day with this fun spoken word event. Bring your poetry or come along to listen and be inspired by local rhyme and rythum. 1:00pm – 4:00pm $5