Lake House Arts presents a vibrant and engaging exhibition program profiling artists and groups that are both nationally and locally recognized as well as community based and local artistic talents. Our exhibition program strives to represent a wide range of visual art mediums, including historical and multi-cultural themes with links to a selection of regional and local, arts and cultural events. The exhibition program is accompanied by a range of public programes including artist’s talks, exhibition tours and art workshops for adults and children. 

Lake House Arts has several exhibition spaces: The Becroft Gallery, The Cafe Gallery, The Tindall Room, the Art Capsule, Pop up Studio, the upstairs Harcourts Heritage Homes and buildings exhibition hallway. We also collaborate with a network with external organizations and businesses to provide a a wider exhibition opportunity to our members and artists, these include Spenser on Byron and the Pump House Theater. 

In Earliest Light

Saturday 2 June 2018 - Saturday 30 June 2018

Saturday, 2 June 2018     Saturday, 30 June 2018

“In Earliest Light”

Photography Festival (31 May - 22 June)

Café Gallery with Photography Sessions in the Pop Up Studio

“In Earliest Light”  - Wet Plate images from The Collodion Collective

“Convenience is the enemy of creativity….”

Wet plate collodion is one of the earliest photographic processes arriving a few years after the daguerreotype. It permitted the creation of finely detailed images on glass or metal. Permanent images can be produced on site within a few minutes and the process has sometime been described as “Victorian Polaroid”. Wet-plate negatives can also be used to contact print onto albumen coated or salted paper. For a few decades from 1851 the wet plate process dominated photography but the need for a portable darkroom and the vagaries of its chemistry meant it was a process that was arduous for both the photographer and their subjects. The arrival of the dry glass plate negative that could be mass produced and developed long after plates were exposed eclipsed wet-plate within a few years and by the 1880s the process was largely consigned to history.


However, large format cameras and lenses continued to be used well into the late 20th century producing images on film of unrivalled quality. Increased interest in recent years in all things analogue has led to a new generation of photographers repurposing old equipment and rediscovering pre-digital processes. Wet-plate has undergone a minor revival with lenses and cameras that have been unused for more than a century once again being coveted and used for image making. The internet has let networks of “collodionistas” across the world share their knowledge and work.

Collodion and the large format cameras most wet-plate photographers use present some special challenges. Collodion’s sensitivity to light is about 100th that of modern analogue film. Portraits require exposures of 5-10 seconds or several thousands of watts of flash power. Each plate is prepared by hand and there is no second chance with an image, either in its exposure or development. The behaviour of the chemistry varies with changes in temperature, humidity, pH and time.

The extremely slow film speed and the medium of large format also moves the shutter speed, aperture, depth of field paradigm into territory unfamiliar to most 21st century photographers. The process necessitates commitment from the photographer and sitter..

In New Zealand accessing the chemistry needed for wet plate (and most 19th century photographic processes) has made rediscovering these processes more difficult. It has also made collodion photography a more collective experience with all of us sharing formulae, ideas, chemistry and equipment.

In this show the Collodion Collective are returning to The Lakehouse for a second year. We will be also demonstrating the process at Lake House during the festival. 

Portrait sessions can be booked by emailing martinsowter@xtra.co.nz. Allow about an hour as taking wet-plate images takes time. You’ll also get a chance to see how the process works and “pour a plate” if you wish.

Wet Plate Photography Sessions 10am – 2pm in the POP UP STUDIO





Sunday, 17 June & Sunday June 24th





SIREN: Alex Plumb

Friday 8 June 2018 - Sunday 1 July 2018

Friday June 8             Sunday July 1 2019
SIREN: Alex Plumb
Wallace Foundation Digital Studio & Video Wall 

Lake House Arts is privileged to showcase the Wallace Arts Trust Archival Works of Auckland Photography Festival Feature Commission Artist Alex Plumb.  

Annual Commission by Baker Douglas - Alex Plumb - Click here to view

Alex's multi-channel video practice attempts to amplify questions about the psychological interplay between the subject, the viewer, and the site of performance. By working in the space between the real and the imagined; the familiar and the unknown, an ambiguous other emerges. It’s this sense of otherness that the works hinge on –continuously forming and collapsing in space. This ongoing motion allows Alex to convey a rich and heightened everyday world that is continuously shifting between the real and the imaginary depths of our subconscious mind and the desires that shape us.

Alex Plumb graduated with a Master of Art & Design in 2014 from AUT University. His work is held in collections including The James Wallace Arts Trust.

Into Patterns: Graeme Mackay

Monday 18 June 2018 - Sunday 1 July 2018

Monday, 18 June 2018      Sunday, 1 July 2018 Into Patterns: Graeme Mackay Gallery Exhibition – Becroft Gallery

The images of our place and cultural are always around us. It is a constant joy to find new patterns and forms within the places we live and work in people we meet. The Pacific patterns are on the move, growing with our culture. Graeme Mackay

"I have been a commercial and fine art Woodturner for over 10 years and have a long-term interest in carving and sculpturing - wood and many other mediums. I enjoy working with and developing
form that is associated with Drive, uplift and movement.

I want the new form to come out of a base that is full of veins, roots and arms that merge and to a more formal shape. The view is the form rising up to a new opening and distribution of the Pacific pattern. A culture moving on from basic beginnings and developing a new modern form."


Matariki Festival 2018 - Seven Women /Wahine e Whitu

Monday 2 July 2018 - Sunday 22 July 2018

Monday, 2 July 2018        Sunday, 22 July 2018
Seven Women /Wahine e Whitu
Gallery Exhibition – Becroft Gallery

An exhibition to showcase seven MAORI women artists for the Matarki Festival in 2018.

The premise of the show is to present to the public the story of each woman, their Iwi, and their role or part in contemporary New Zealand art. It is a celebration of the Moari New Year, of Mana Wahine of Kaitiakitanga and contemporary Maoritanga.

It is an exhibition curated to emphasize the important part of Mana Wahine- female power. It is inspired by the 2017 exhibition Seven Sisters of Matariki: an exhibition Ngā Tuāhine e whitu o Matariki curated by Rachelle Forbes (Kaiwhakahaere Māori) and exhibited at Waitakere Central Library, West. The exhibition statement read;
“It is important today that as Māori women, we are telling our own stories and ensuring the world sees us through our own eyes. It’s not just about celebration but reclamation. Our connection to our iwi and hapuu alongside our connections to one another, our taonga and our communities are all an important part of our story – and why we do what we do. …The exhibition is a creative response by Libraries to encourage learning around the concepts of kaitiakitanga,” https://soldiersrd.nz/2014/06/22/seven-sisters-of-matariki/

Inspired by this creative approach we hope to celebrate seven women artists who contribute to contemporary New Zealand visual arts’ landscape and bring their practice to the forefront of our local community. By framing this exhibition alongside the Matariki festival, our space at the Lake House will successfully provide an accessible facility for communities and groups who do not or often cannot attend commercial or institutional galleries on a regular basis.  In this way we can create a discussion around local and dispersed groups, feminism/women’s studies and the cultural importance of contemporary art created by female artists of Moari descent.

The exhibition will present selected artwork(s) from each artist, an audio recording of their story, to be published online and form part of the exhibition. There will also be artists talks on the 7th / 8th of July, and an informal discussion of a New Zealand Feminism and how it is different from other geographical feminism(s).

Mane 2 Hurae 2018. Ra Tapu 22 Hurae 2018.
Seven Women/Wahine  e Whitu.
Gallery Exhibition – Becroft Gallery.

He whakaaringa, kitenga mo ngā WĀHINE TOI MĀORI E WHITU mo te Hui Ahurei o Matariki 2018.

Ko te kaupapa o tenei whakaaringa he whakaatu ki te tokomaha ki te iwi whanui, ngā kōrero o enei wāhine e whitu, arā o ratou Iwi, Hapu, Whānau, me o ratou turanga ki te Ao Toi Moroki Māori. He wā whakanuihia ai te Tau Hou Māori, te Mana Wahine me nga Ao Tohunga Kaitiakitanga Toi Māori.

He whakaaritanga I whakaoraoratia ki te hāpai ake i te Mana Wahine. I whakamanawahia hoki tenei mai I te kaupapa Whakaaringa 2017 Nga Tuahine e Whitu I  o Matariki  I whakaoraorahia e Rachelle Forbes ( Kaiwhakahaere Māori) a I whakaarihia ki te Whare Pukapuka o Waitākere ki te uru o Tāmaki. Ko te pānui mo tenei whakaaritanga e mea ana: “ Ko te mea nui I tenei wā mā matou ano, mā ngā wahine Māori e kōrero e whakapuaki ngā kaupapa ngā pānui e pā ana kia mātou, kia kitea mai I te Ao, I te Pō, mā roto tonu I o matou ake Ao. Ehara I ngā kōrero ngā mahi whakahirahira nei anake engari he wero hei whakahokinga mai. Ko ngā mahi whakawhanaungatanga ki ngā Iwi ki ngā Hapu me tetahi ki tetahi, ki o tatou taonga, ki o tatou hāpori – he mea nui katoa enei  mo tatou, kia kitea ai he aha to tatou pūtaketanga. Ko tenei whakaari he auahatanga na ngā Whare Pukapuka hei  whakahau I ngā mahi akoranga mo ngā kaupapa kaitiakitanga” https://soldiersrd.nz/2014/06/22/seven-sisters-of-matariki/

Mai I tenei whakaetanga auaha ko te wawata he whakanui I enei wāhine toi toko whitu e tāpae nei  ki te ao moroki  toi aataata, te ahuwhenua kia kitea rawatia o ratou mahi ki mua nei ki te ao whānui. Ma te whakauru I tenei whakaaritanga ki te taha o Matariki ka wātea te waahi ki roto o te Lake House ki ngā roopu ki ngā tangata kahore e uru atu ana ki ngā Whare Whakairi Toi ki ngā papa whakahiku toi  hoki. Mā tenei ka kōrero tahi ki ngā hāpori, ki ngā roopu, mo ngā take wahine ngā akoranga wahine me te whakanui I ngā Tikanga ā Iwi  I roto I ngā mahi toi e mahia mai nei e ngā Tohunga Wahine Toi Māori. Ka whakatūria I roto I tenei whakaaringa  ngā mahi toi kua tohua mai I ngā tohunga mahi toi, he ripene reo  mai I a ratou ano hei tukutanga I runga rorohiko ā hei hononga atu hoki ki te  whakaaritanga. Ka kōrero ano hoki ngā kaimahi toi a ngā rā whitu me te rā waru o Hurae mo ngā kaupapa e pā atu ana ki ngā āhautanga noho o te wahine, mana wahine  me era atu ahuatanga noho wahine o ra waho.

Lake House Arts Centre

37 Fred Thomas Drive,
Takapuna, Auckland 0622

Phone: 09 486 4877

Email: info@lakehousearts.org.nz

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Office is not open on weekends.

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