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Punctuating the workshops are some extra fun things to be part of. Some of these are free: all participants are invited to attend the welcome function at the Vivian Gallery on Sunday May 6, and to the final exhibition of participants’ work at Matakana Hall on the afternoon of Friday May 11.

Creative Matakana folk will also be very welcome every evening for Happy Hour at the Vintry Bar in the Matakana Cinemas complex. Once you've bought your workshop tickets, you'll receive all information about the participant events. 

Non-ticketed special events include: 

• Open evening at Matakana Village: Wednesday May 9, until 6.30-7pm

Matakana Village boutiques will stay open late mid-week, for both participants and the public. At Matakana Village Books, our writing tutor, Gavin Bishop, will be signing copies of his latest exceptional book, Aotearoa - it's a visual history of New Zealand which has been getting rave reviews. Artform Gallery will host our sculpture tutor, Louise McRae, who will be talking about her art process – a version of the keynote address she recently gave at the 'De-con and Re-use' conference in Portland, Oregon last year. Mulled wine will be available upstairs both at The Vintry wine bar and Matakana Market Kitchen, and Tea & Tonic will be doing a tea-tasting, with Amanda from Divinely Feminine offering short massage treatments, at the first Matakana Cinema Ladies Night (where one lucky lady will win the most fabulous Village goodie bag). Check out Matakana Cinemas for details on the movie – and keep an eye on our Facebook page for more details!

• Open Artists Studios on Takatu Road, Saturday/Sunday May 12 & 13, 10-4pm

A selection of artists studios will welcome guests to observe their processes and purchase art. Studios will include Takatu Studios at 201b Takatu Road, which is the busy workspace of six different local artists. Painter Merthyr Ruxton is at #639 Takatu Road, and photographer Di Halstead and fabric artist Alysn Midgelow-Marsden (our Creative Matakana fabric art tutor!) are at both at #865. Feel free to drive in and browse at all three places... 

Ticketed events include:

218.      Sawmill Brewery and Smoko Room Feasting: Thursday May 10, 6.30pm


The Smoko Room’s feasting menu ensures a fun, convivial dining experience.
A selection of innovative and delicious dishes from chef Will Michell who has worked with Peter Gordon and Christine Manfield. They’ll be served along the centre of long tables, encouraging a shared atmosphere – and a good time will be had by all!

Tickets: $70.00 per person and includes a glass of wine or beer on arrival – go to our Register page to purchase.

Note: If you’d like to get a group together contact Viv Kerr at to reserve your place.

219.   Creative Conversations at the Vivian Gallery, Matakana: Friday May 11, 5pm for 5.30 – 7.30pm


The wonderful Vivian Gallery hosts two thought-provoking and entertaining literary sessions with drinks and nibbles included. We’ll be surrounded by an exhibition of female artists, curated by Linda Tyler, Director of the Centre of Art Studies at Auckland University.

Our first writer is a poet, Therese Lloyd. Therese is currently the writer in residence at Waikato University and has just launched her second book of beautiful work at the New Zealand Festival in Wellington. ‘The Facts’ offer “poems that move with honesty and formal intelligence through matters of creativity and love”.  

After a short and refreshing break, acclaimed art critic and author Anthony Byrt will be in spirited conversation with Vivian Director Scott Lawrie, discussing his latest work and research, and the role of the provincial gallery in NZ, among other, lighter topics…

Creative Matakana is hugely grateful to Matakana Estate for their generous contribution of fabulous wines for the event, as well as New World Warkworth for assisting with our canapés!

Tickets: $35 per person, includes wine and canapés. Go to our Register page to purchase.

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The Vivian Gallery in Matakana

The Vivian Gallery in Matakana