Art Centre Helensville

Members Exhibition 'New Works' on now!

All works have not been previously displayed at the Art Centre, and have been produced in the last two years. With a fresh new ‘saloon’ look at the Museum Gallery, this show is very fitting.  Exhibition is on now until 6th May.


Lino cut and printmaking with Willy Coenradi

Coming up we have a one day printmaking workshop with Willy Coenradi! Saturday 6th May 9:30 - 4:30.

Enjoy a rare opportunity to have a unique printing experience, printing your own art work on an antique Columbian Iron Hand Press. Designed and first built by George Clymer of Philadelphia in 1813 the Columbian is considered to be the most glamorous hand press of all time with its patriotic name, lavish ornamentation and the American eagle serenely balanced on top of the counterpoise lever - all reflecting the great American surge of nationalism after the Revolutionary War nearly 250 years ago.


What a wonderful time the Art Centre has had, working from their temporary base at the “Museum Gallery”.

Diana Peel oil painting with palette knife

During March Oil painting workshops with Diana Peel were popular.

There was a beginners class, where no painting or drawing skill  was needed! In the first block: Introduction, Diana used examples of her own works to show the technique you will be using and the materials and tools.

The second block: Mixing colours, practice on the palette panel, she explained techniques of using a palette knife and application.

Third block: Students were provided with a canvas and the same image to use. Following the tutors guidance they produced a painting at the end of the class.

There was also and advanced Class in April designed for returning students or individuals happy for a challenge!


Kit Dean and the Museum Archive

Festival of Photography 2023. 10th May - 3rd June

The Art Centre Helensville is temporarily based at Helensville Museum Te Awaroa. As a result we have been privileged to view art in a different context. Utilizing the Museum’s symbology and reflecting on preserved subject matter, has challenged the idea of how we approach and curate shows, significantly photography.

Local photographer Kit Dean’s practice is environmentally based with a focus on structure and space. Visual aspects of Dean’s work are consonant with the static nature of the Museum’s photographic archives. These two projects will present ‘resistance’ thematically through the art of preservation and contemporary inclusion.

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