Extra Events

Each year Creative Matakana participants are privileged to enjoy a free, welcome get-together for drinks and nibbles at the beautiful Vivian Gallery in Matakana, thanks to our sponsors Harcourts. It’s a chance to meet your tutor and soak up some creative vibes in our region’s premium contemporary gallery – and get excited about the week ahead!

This year The Vivian is also hosting the inaugural Creative Matakana Lecture on Wednesday May 8. This is a free event, where Director Scott Lawrie will talk about the exhibitions which will adorn the Vivian in May in the wake of the Auckland Art Fair the weekend before, specifically well-known Australian artist Mirdidingkingathi Juwarnda Sally Gabori. Anyone can come to this event - it’s non-ticketed.

The Participant’s Dinner is a ticketed event which is always on the Thursday of Creative Matakana week. In previous years the dinner has been a sold-out occasion and has been hugely enjoyed by all.

Finally, the closing event on the Friday night has a fun, but more cerebral focus: in 2019 we’re aiming for an entertaining panel discussion with some of Auckland’s most distinguished arts experts about NZ art. Brick Bay presents Creative Conversations: The State of the Arts, with Scott Lawrie.



The Vivian is delighted to announce the inaugural Creative Matakana Lecture. In this free event, gallery Director Scott Lawrie will take us on a 45 minute journey through this important show of one of Australia’s most beloved contemporary artists – Mirdidingkingathi Juwarnda Sally Gabori.

Born on Bentinck Island in the Gulf of Carpentaria around 1924, Sally Gabori only started to paint the landscapes of her childhood, her family and her ancestors in her early eighties. Today she is widely respected as one of Australia’s leading Aboriginal painters, having shown around the world, including the Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tāmaki, the National Gallery of Australia, the Royal Academy in London, and the Venice Biennale.

After the lecture, Scott will also spend 30 minutes taking us through the work of the other shows at The Vivian which will be on at this time (the week after the Auckland Art Fair): National Treasures, Contemporary Ceramics from Australia and New Zealand, plus shows with Rebecca Wallis and Christopher Duncan.

This is a FREE event with no ticket required – just come along on the night!

The Vivian, 39 Omaha Valley Road, Matakana
Duration 1 hour 15 minutes



318. participant’s dinner at the farmer’s daughter
thursday may 9, 6.30pm, $70pp

Our dinner for 2019 is to be held at a recent arrival in Omaha - The Farmer’s Daughter, beside the Omaha Causeway. It boasts tranquil views over the water, a fresh, rustic ambience – and food-wise, there’s a firm focus on sustainability, with much of their produce now being produced organically on site in lots of big, raised vegetable beds. We look forward to a delicious meal with truly delectable food and wine.

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$35pp incl Brick Bay wines and canapés

This year’s finale event will be hosted by Brick Bay. While sipping their delicious wines and nibbling canapés in Brick Bay’s wonderful Glass House (a few minutes from Matakana), you’ll watch as five eminent arts afficionados discuss some of the big questions of NZ art in the wake of the Auckland Art Fair.

Why is it important? How are we doing internationally? Why are our Māori artists and tāonga still not being shown? What constitutes a good piece of NZ art, are the baby-boomers the last generation of big art buyers, how do we get the next generation involved and how can we better support our emerging artists?

All this and more will be thrashed out in an entertaining and informative manner by The Vivian’s Scott Lawrie, co-director of the Auckland Art Fair Stephanie Post, art writer and curator Francis McWhannell, gallerist Tim Melville, and Māori art academic Deidre Brown. And yes, there will questions from the audience.

But wait there’s more! All tickets also include free access to the Sculpture Trail at Brick Bay (you’ll have to arrive by 4.15-4.30pm if you wish to do the full walk as it takes around an hour at a medium pace).

• Tickets will be strictly limited – be quick.

• Drinks from Brick Bay wines and Sawmill Brewery, nibbles created by Brick Bay kitchen include products from Matakana Smokehouse and the Matakana Deli.

Brick Bay’s Glass House by night

Brick Bay’s Glass House by night