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Simply ‘Harakeke’

The latest Carlton Gallery exhibition features Lisa M Passmore using Harakeke/Native NZ Flax as a medium to explore and develop traditional and contemporary techniques of Maori weaving, raranga and whatu, with a focus on more sculptural forms of known vessels.  She has recently started incorporating other global traditional techniques of weaving into her pieces, namely…

‘Blooming Isolation’ at the Carlton Gallery

Exhibition from 15th February – 28th February. Michelle Judge is a glass artist living in Katikati. Her exhibition came to life during Lockdown when she found herself working from home. In between many zoom calls, Michelle scribbled thoughts and doodles – flowers were the images that kept flowing out of her pen – and the…

Latest Carlton Gallery Exhibition – ‘….it’s been a bit of a weird one…’

Carol Bisset is a Tauranga based artist and teacher with a studio at the Incubator in the Historic Village; she has exhibited extensively across New Zealand and Australia. Ongoing recent events connected to the pandemic outbreak have tested our resolve to stay connected physically and emotionally. For many of us it has made us examine…

Latest Carlton Gallery Exhibition – Two Prints and a Painting 

The latest exhibition from 18th January – 31st January 2021 features painters and printmakers from the Eastern Coromandel. Artists include: Liz Hart, Jane Parson, Paula McNeill, Susan Dunster, Joanne Mahoney, Colleen Waite, Kay deBlaauw, Tina Carey, Verena Tagmann, Leanne Litherland. They’re a group of enthusiastic, like minded, emerging and established artists working together as printmakers and painters who develop and explore the unlimited opportunities offered to the artist through various mixed media processes as seen in this…

Looking Back at 2019/2020

(Highlights of the Katikati Open Air Art President, Steve Grayson’s AGM Report) 2020 has been one of the most eventful years in not only our history, but our nations and the worlds for quite a while. The world we currently live in is so different from the world of a year ago. Who would have…

A Celebration of New Zealand Birds and Butterflies

The latest exhibition at the Carlton Gallery features delightful water colour paintings by Lois Edmonds of our native birds, butterflies and bumble bees. Original paintings available priced from $95-$225 as well as cards. Meet the artist: Lois will be painting in the gallery each day from 10am-2pm. Visit Carlton Gallery @The Arts Junction, 36 Main…


NZ MURAL & ART FESTIVAL 2021 KATIKATI OPEN AIR ART ARE CELEBRATING UNSUNG HEROES IN 2021 He aha te mea nui o te ao. He tangata, he tangata, he tangata. “What is the most important thing in the world? It is people, it is people, it is people.” 2020 has been ‘unprecedented times’ for our…

Katikati Satellite Mural Map

If you’re wandering around town and come across a mural or sculpture and want to know more about it – check out the Katikati Mural Map on Google maps! You’ll find all 78 murals and sculptures on the map. Find the map on our website here.

New Mural and Sculpture Signage

Katikati is home to nearly 80 murals and sculptures and thanks to funding from Western Bay of Plenty District Council each artwork now has an informative sign and QR code. Scan the code and you’ll be able to find out more about each artwork.

New Mural Town Guide Now Available

If you have friends and family visiting who are keen to wander around Katikati’s famous murals and sculptures, drop into The Arts Junction for a copy of the Mural Guide ($5). The guide includes a map and information about each artwork. PLUS! If you present the guide at Viva Café when you buy a coffee…


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