Public Programmes

Public Programmes

Members' Market at the Lake House

Saturday 11 November 2017 - Saturday 11 November 2017 - 13:30

In the 16th Century, the very first specialized open art market originated in Antwerp, connecting art lovers, with artist - A tradition we are continuing here at the Lake House!

Lake House Arts Centre offers an exciting opportunity to its Friends and Members (Members and Friends Card holders) to present their own art for sale in an outdoor market setting on the Barracks Deck through Saturdays in November. 12 – 14 stall spaces will be available with wet weather coverage in HR4 Studio. Friends and Members can bring their own display tables and easels or hire them from Lake House for the day. Lake House will be promoting the market days and hope to continue them through until Christmas and beyond...

There are a few spots open for the  11 November 18 November; 25 November - follow the link below and book your space

Vox365nz Screening

Sunday 29 October 2017 - Sunday 29 October 2017

Please join us for the last screening of VOX365nz 

VOX365NZ celebrates diversity in the arts by looking at the unique relationships creatives have with their art, cultural identity and community in New Zealand.

VOX365NZ is a multi-cultural, cross-platform series featuring interviews with 365 New Zealand artists. It’s an interactive project that includes both established/mainstream and new or emerging/underground artists.

For this screening, VOX365NZ will present 10 New Zealand artists - their process, ideas and experiences to a wide cross-section of the Auckland community. Each 6 minute interview intends to promote the integrity of each artist’s practice and highlight the important social outcomes of experiencing art.

The Artists portrayed are:
Han Nae Kim – Painter
NZ Trio - Musicians
Christopher Gregory Braddock - Performance/Sculpture/Installation
Evan Woodruffe - Painter
Jim Wheeler - Sculptor
Sam Melser - Painter
Grae Burton - Actor/Producer
Weilun Ha - Ethnic Painter
Peter Larsen - Writer/Poet
Matthew Moore - Dancer/Musician

Project website:

Lake House of Horror

Friday 27 October 2017 - Friday 27 October 2017

The first ever Lake House of Horror!  Definitely more treat than trick! Come and experience a late night event for the whole family.  An evening of costumed fun and family friendly frivolity with spooky stories and scares along the way.  There’ll be dancing, the café will be open, a special screening of Night of the Living Dead, the original Zombie Horror and the evening will be capped off with spooky stories told by the Lake House “Grey Ghost”.  Tickets strictly limited.


$10 per person, $35 for Family of 2 adults and up to 3 children 


  • 6pm: Dance in the café, have snacks and boo-gy  
  • 8pm: Night of the Living Dead screening in Pop Up 
  • 11pm:  Scary story session as told by Master Grae 

Heritage High Tea

Saturday 21 October 2017 - Sunday 22 October 2017 - 15:00




Book on the Lake House website for our traditional High Tea with a selection of 8 finger food treats and coffee or tea.  A touch of class  at Lake House Cafe for Heritage Month.

PFollow the link to book now

Lake House Time Capsule

Friday 20 October 2017 - Friday 20 October 2017 , 13:30 - 15:00

2017 is a significant year for the development of Lake House Arts Centre and as such we would like to celebrate with all our friends by creating and placing in the heart of the building a time capsule that will mark Lake House History and symbolise it’s legacy for future generations to discover.

If you have a small and significant contribution to make to our Time Capsule please contact Grae on

Artist Talk - Artist Talks - Drew Gold and Tiffany Singh

Saturday 14 October 2017 - Saturday 14 October 2017 - 12:00

The Alchemy of Glass

Focusing on the processes of glass making Andrew Goldfinch will talk about the stages and development of glass making and the significance of the unique materials used in this exhibition

Tiffany will focus on the cultural concepts behind her work and how the process reflects this.

Join us in the Becroft Gallery at the Lake House from 11 am

Alchemy - a seemingly magical process of transformation, creation or combination. Each artist has chosen their own view of practice, considering the creation of cast crystal, natural volcanic glass or other media, and its relationship to lost wax casting and the progression into an immutable permanent material.

Founders Forum

Saturday 7 October 2017 - Saturday 7 October 2017 , 13:30 - 15:00

All are welcome to join us for a special afternoon event in the Becroft Gallery celebrating the history of Lake House. 

Learn all about how the Lake House came to be at Barry’s Point Reserve and the trials and tribulations of establishing Lake House as an Arts Hub in Takapuna. 

Also presented during a special slide show of archival images of Lake House in History in the Pop Up Studio.

Pop Up Family Activity - Halloween Decoration

Saturday 7 October 2017 - Saturday 7 October 2017 - 12:00

Free Family Pop Up Activities begin on the first Saturday of each month - come and create your own decorations or wall art with your whole family.  You can even order food from our café and have it brought to you inside the Pop Up Studio.  Fun for the whole family.

Dogable Art

Saturday 26 August 2017 - Saturday 26 August 2017 , 10:00 - 15:00

We are celebrating a DOG day dedicated to the love of dogs at the Lake House in association with Petstock Takapuna.

With a full program of elegant and fun events for dogs and their owners.

We encourage you to doll up your dogs in their best gear and participate in a range of fun activities from dog friendly art to a doggy styles fashion show.

In addition to our fun free events, we are being joined by some talented professional guests who are all charging a special low fee of just $20 for their time. These events are bound to prove popular so we recommend booking your session in advance either by email: or phone 09 486 4877.


Dress your pooch in their finest outfit or pose them au natural to get a tasteful fashion photo taken by Lyle Adams. Lyle is a professional photographer and will digitally send you a copy of your pet's photo shoot once their picture has been taken.

We are very lucky to have the talented illustrator and part of the renowned 'Quick Draw' artists group Rebecca ter Borg joining us to create live portraits of your dogs. You will leave with an original drawing of your very own.

Susie owner of Dogease is a certified canine trainer and has been working with dogs to improve their behavior since 2004. Susie is offering Puppy training at 10am-10.45am and Trick training for adult dog 11.15am-12pm, very limited places so please book.

To make a booking or to get more information please email or call us on 09486 4877

Knit in Public Day at the Lake House

Saturday 10 June 2017 - Saturday 10 June 2017 - 15:00

Celebrate world Knit in Public day! 

Bring your knitting needles and knit in public at the Lake House
$5 Devonshire tea if you are here to knit in public
Knit a bit and add to the yarn bomb on the grounds

Free knitting patterns available; bring your stash, knit away!!!


Artists Talk - Auckland Quilt Guild

Saturday 8 April 2017 - Saturday 8 April 2017 , 10:30

Artists Talk with Susan Wade, Leyette Callister and Beth McCrystal

Summer Fun Programme - Pre-school Play and arty fun - FREE!

Wednesday 7 December 2016 - Wednesday 29 March 2017

On Wednesday mornings it is Play, Play Play down at Lake House for pre-schoolers. From 10am -12pm little ones can play on all the toys supplied by the Takapuna North Community Trust and have a FREE art-play session with one of our tutors. No bookings necessary. FREE of charge.
If it is raining the outdoor event is cancelled.

Dates for 2016/7 Summer fun (all 10am - 12pm)

Wed 7 December

Wed 25 January

Wed 15 February

Wed 8 March

Wed 29 March


Opening: North Shore Notables featuring Paul Woodruffe

Saturday 4 March 2017 - Saturday 4 March 2017 , 12:30

Opening drinks and nibbles: 

Many notable NZ artists have either grown up, lived on or produced art about, the North Shore of Auckland. The North Shore Notable’s series of exhibitions aims to profile these artists with solo exhibitions of their work and associated artist talks or events.

Meet our New Grads - INITIATE[s] 2017

Saturday 11 February 2017 - Saturday 11 February 2017 , 23:00 - 13:00


Recent graduates from tertiary art and design schools present works from their graduating portfolios. Come along to experience New Zealand's up and coming artistic talent.

 This year featuring:

Anqi Li - Postgraduate Art And design in Graphic design - AUT

Madison Rogers - Diploma in Jewellery - Hungry Creek Art and Craft School.

Birgit Moffat - Bachelor of Applied Arts - Whitireia Institute of Technology

Felix Pryor - Bachelor of Fine Arts (Hons) - Elam, University of Auckland

Hayley Lovelock - Bachelor of Arts/Bachelor of Fine Arts (Hons) - Elam,  University of Auckland

Judith Lawson - Master of Fine Arts - Elam, University of Auckland

Vivienne Jung - Masters of Visual Arts - AUT

Kids Drop in Craft Activity - FREE

Wednesday 25 January 2017 - Friday 27 January 2017 , 10:00 - 14:00

Visit us in January with the kids and they can have a go at a craft activity in the Becroft Gallery!
Parents: the cafe is next door to the gallery - perfect opportunity for you to take a breather!
(Gold coin donation appreciated)

Lake House Arts Christmas closing dates - 21 Dec 2016 - 8 Jan 2017

Monday 28 November 2016 - Sunday 8 January 2017

Hunt for the Wilderpeople with the Green Party!

Saturday 26 November 2016 - Saturday 26 November 2016 , 18:00 - 23:00

Outdoor movie night with food and music from 6pm. Movie on the big outdoor screen from 8:30pm. 

All welcome - Koha entry.

High Tea at Lake House

Saturday 24 September 2016 - Sunday 9 October 2016

Join us at Lake House Arts Centre for a culinary experience - our London qualified Patisserie chef will be creating some amazing scrumptious treats for this one off experience. High tea's will be served on beautiful vintage linen and china cake stands in our cafe - all housed in the historic Lake House in Takapuna. Prepaid bookings are essential to secure a place.

$25 per person (includes patisseries - savory and sweet and tea or coffee). 2 person minimum per booking

Session times:

24th and 25th September 10am and 2pm.

1st Oct and 2nd October 10am and 2pm.

8th Oct and 9th October 10am and 2pm.


Please ring for more information on booking times (09 486 4877) or email us




Kids Drop-in Craft activity

Wednesday 13 July 2016 - Friday 15 July 2016 , 10:00 - 14:00

Visit the gallery during the first week of the July school holidays with the kids and join in on our Matariki craft activities - Free!

Parents: the cafe is next door to the gallery - perfect opportunity for you to take a breather!
(Gold coin donation appreciated)

Artist Talk - Auckland Quilt Guild

Wednesday 11 May 2016 - Wednesday 11 May 2016 , 11:00

Annie White will be giving a floor talk about her quilting practice in
the Becroft Gallery, 11am Wednesday 11 May - All welcome!

The Hunt for Polar One - Childrens Book Reading with Shiree Schumacher

Monday 18 April 2016 - Wednesday 20 April 2016 , 12:30 - 13:00

During the first week of the School Holidays Shiree Schumacher will be reading her fantastic new childrens' book titled: The Hunt For Polar One, all welcome to come along and listen for free in the Becroft Gallery at 12:30pm daily from 18th -20th April

Shiree's published book can be purchased from the Lake House Gallery Shop

The Hunt for Polar One:

"Its an absolute catastrophe! Polar One is missing and Jamie CANNOT got to bed till he's been found. What if he was bear-napped by a horrible creature? Brother Leo wants to help him, but to get to the bottom of it, he has to reveal a big (and pretty awesome) secret. Who will know what happened to Polar One?" Text and Illustration by Shiree Schumacher

Kids Drop-in Craft activity - Monday 18, Tuesday 19, Wednesday 20 April

Monday 18 April 2016 - Wednesday 20 April 2016 , 10:00 - 14:00

We love the uniqueness of Lake House Arts - being housed in historic buildings means we can celebrate all things vintage, in style! Visit us during the first week of the April school holidays with the kids and they can make and decorate their very own weird and wacky vintage
style hats - first make the basic hat in card and then decorate with feathers and fabric, paint or crayons - make it as weird, wacky and 3D as you can! Then, have a go with our dressup clothes and take a photo in your new hat using our special oversized picture frame!
Parents: the cafe is next door to the gallery - perfect opportunity for you to take a breather!
(Gold coin donation appreciated)

Christmas Fun at Lake House Arts

Friday 4 December 2015 - Friday 4 December 2015

Artist Talk: Rebecca Holden - Retold: Paintings from the Grimm Project

Sunday 29 November 2015 - Sunday 29 November 2015 , 11:00 - 12:00

Join Rebecca Holden for an indepth look at her Grimm Project works and the concept and thoughts behind it.

Nemesh Vjekoslav - artist demonstration in the gallery

Tuesday 3 November 2015 - Tuesday 3 November 2015 , 11:00 - 14:00

Nemesh will be giving a demonstration of his remarkable style in the main gallery on Tuesday November 3rd 11-2pm. Free - All welcome


Book Launch - Abigail Knightly by Latesha Randall and Esther Tattersall

Saturday 31 October 2015 - Saturday 31 October 2015

Come celebrate the release of Abigail Knightly with us! There will be face-painting, a Q&A opportunity with the author & illustrator and lots of cake!
Please come in your favourite dress-up costume (adults too!) and bring a big smile. Nibbles & drinks provided, books and some of the original illustrations will be available to purchase. 

Self Guided Tour of Lake House Arts Centre's Heritage buildings and features

Saturday 3 October 2015 - Sunday 11 October 2015

Pick up a tour map and guide (not available until second weekend of Heritage Festival) and go for a leisurely stroll around the Lake House Arts Centre's heritage buildings and sites of interest. Also on show, the permanent exhibition, Harcourts Heritage Homes and Buildings of Takapuna and Milford and Marking Time by the Studio Printmakers Collective.

The Great Art Sale!!

Thursday 30 July 2015 - Sunday 23 August 2015


The Annual Great Art Sale is back! Pre-Registration now open!!

Monday 01 June 2015 - Monday 06 July 2015- Pre-registration now extended until the 15th July !!

Our Great Art Sale has been running now for over 10 years and gets bigger and better each year!

If you are wanting to sell your artworks on a no commission basis or invest in some beautiful pieces for your home or collection this is the place to come...

To guarantee a spot in the Sale please pre-register and pay entry fees before 15th July

Terms and Conditions for Pre-registration: Pre-registration - open from 1 June - 15th July.

It is not compulsory to pre-register but artworks that are pre-registered will be given preference for inclusion in the sale if the entries exceed the maximum number of artworks that can be displayed in our spaces.

All artworks that haven't been pre-registered will be taken on a 'first come, first served basis' on the receiving days (dates below) until the maximum is reached.

Once registered, to retain your place in the sale please pay the entry fees (fee schedule and payment options below) by the 15th July or as you register.

Please retain your receipt and bring with your entry form, when you drop off your art works. Drop off dates are below. Please do not drop off your artworks before or after these dates as we do not have any storage capability.

To pre-register for the Sale please send the following information to or PO Box 33 1037, Takapuna (or bring in to reception).

Name of Artist/owner of artworks and contact details (email, phone, postal address):

Medium of artworks:

Number of artworks (limit 3 artworks each artist):

Pre-registered artists/owners will be reminded the week of the 6th of July of the payment deadline (15th July) and the drop off procedures (the drop off dates will be Saturday July 25th and Sunday July 26th 10am -3pm)

We will add a notice to the website and announce it on our facebook page if the maximum number of entries has been reached by pre-registration before the receiving days.



Calligraphy demonstration with Margaret Woollett

Tuesday 19 May 2015 - Tuesday 19 May 2015 , 10:30 - 12:30

Experienced and talented professional Calligrapher, Margaret Woollett will give an in-depth demonstration of various calligraphic techniques.
FREE - All welcome

Artist Floor talk - Chris Behersing - Auckland Quilt Guild

Friday 1 May 2015 - Friday 1 May 2015 - 11:40

The Peace Poppy Project

Saturday 25 April 2015 - Saturday 25 April 2015

The purpose of the Peace Poppy Project is to promote peace while honouring and remembering those who were affected by war. It enables and supports groups and individuals to consciously hand-make a symbolic poppy and then have them collectively displayed for ANZAC day which has particular significance in 2015, remembering 100 years on, all those who died in WW1.

The poppies will be installed in Hurstmere Green, Takapuna in the shape of a giant Peace sign by Lake House and Takapuna Business Association staff and volunteers.

This community project has reached the whole neighbourhood  - Girl Guides and Brownies, Girls Brigade, Primary and High Schools, Smales Farm Staff, Takapuna Beach  Business Association and rest home residents have all been involved in making the Poppies. 


Please come and view the installation on ANZAC day and reflect on peace and the lives lost...


Summer Fun Programme - Preschool Play Wednesdays!

Wednesday 1 April 2015 - Wednesday 1 April 2015

On Wednesday mornings it is Play, Play Play down at Lake House for pre-schoolers. From 10am -12pm little ones can play on all the toys supplied by the Takapuna Community Coordinator and have a FREE art-play session with one of our tutors. No bookings necessary. FREE of charge. If it is raining the event is cancelled.

Wednesday dates for Summer fun:

19th Nov 2014

10th Dec 2014

21st Jan 2015

18th Feb 2015

11th Mar 2015

1st April 2015

OPEN: 28th and 29th March 2015

Friday 13 March 2015 - Sunday 29 March 2015

OPEN: DAY!! 28 March 10-3

Saturday 28 March 2015 - Saturday 28 March 2015

As part of the OPEN weekend event Lake House will be OPEN with fun for everyone! Lake House's historic buildings, arts and craft stalls, Live music, displays and exhibitions, Kites, demonstrations of art and craft and techniques, open artists studio's, art for sale and  FREE art activities for the kids. Lake House Arts Centre has a wonderful cafe on site for your lunch or snacks and extensive grounds should you wish to bring a picnic.

FREE entry (donation to Lake House Trust Inc appreciated)

Event cancelled if raining 

Meet the Tutors Evening

Tuesday 3 February 2015 - Tuesday 3 February 2015

Interested in taking one of our courses and perhaps checking out the art practice of your current tutor?

Come along to our meet and greet the tutors evening, share a glass a wine and some nibbles and peruse the Tutors and Tenants exhibition....

Tuesday 3rd February 5-7pm


Christmas Shopping Night

Thursday 4 December 2014 - Thursday 4 December 2014 , 17:30 - 19:30

Everyone is welcome to our special Christmas shopping night on Thursday 4th of December 5:30 - 7:30pm.

The Gallery shop will offer 15% off its stock and selected artists and craftspeople have been asked to present stalls of goodies in the Becroft gallery and cafe gallery, for ONE night only!!

We will have jewellery, ceramics, wood turning, gingerbread goodies, textiles, handmade xmas cards, artworks and Xmas cakes.

North Shore Youth Music will be performing a set of Christmas Carols from 6pm on the night.

North Shore Youth Music is made up of 6 different choirs and orchestras with students aged from 5 yrs - 25 yrs. For more information on the group please visit 



Southside Arts Festival: Urbanesia

Wednesday 5 November 2014 - Sunday 30 November 2014

Southside is not just a location, it's an attitude, a way of life and a chance to see emerging and established talent in one of Auckland's most high energy arts festivals. - See more at:

Pukepuke O'Tonga

Friday 28 November 2014 - Saturday 29 November 2014

Pukepuke O'Tonga (POT) translates to "hold onto" or "to uphold" Tonga and focuses on preserving Tongan culture and heritage through dance and music. P.O.T. is a suite of 10 historic Tongan dances dating from 1200AD recovered and arranged by the Pusiaki family to ensure they will not be lost. Each dance has its own songs and rhythms, beautifully delivered by the dancers in a village setting. Come down and witness one of the biggest gatherings of Tongan dancers from all ages perform historic Tongan dance on Saturday 29 November at 10am, a must see!

Price: Free

 2 performances - Friday 28th Nov, 2-3pm and Saturday 29th Nov, 10am -12pm

Touring DJ's Spell and TDK

Friday 28 November 2014 - Saturday 29 November 2014

Spell and TDK from the M?ori HiFi are two of Aotearoa's leading DJs. Both are hip hop purists and have amazing skills on the turntables coupled with an ear and style to work crowds both young and old. 


2 performances: Friday 28th Nov 10am-4pm and Saturday 29th Nov 10am - 6pm




Saturday 29 November 2014 - Saturday 29 November 2014

When talking about visionaries of M?ori and Pacific music, you need look no further than the iconic Ardijah. They bring their unique Poly-Fonk sound to Urbanesia 2014. Led by the duo of Captain Fonk Ryan Monga and the amazingly talented and influential Betty-Anne Monga, they headline a lineup of musicians which have without doubt been influenced by the Ardijah sound. From Poly infused RnB, funk and reggae they come correct everytime. Ardijah will be playing all the tunes you know and love, a perfect way for young and old to end the Urbanesia experience.

Price: Free



Niu Urbanesia Workshops - coLAB

Saturday 29 November 2014 - Saturday 29 November 2014

coLAB stands for collaborative/collective/competitive Live Art Battles. Visual artists are invited to try their hand at fast paced street art battles.

Price: Free

Bookings: Email

Smokefree Pacifica Beats

Saturday 29 November 2014 - Saturday 29 November 2014 , 12:30 - 13:30

Smokefree Pacifica Beats is a music competition that provides a platform for relevant, cultural expression in a contemporary music environment. Entrants must incorporate traditional culture through stories, instruments, movement or language.


STKS Urbanesia Tour

Saturday 29 November 2014 - Saturday 29 November 2014 , 16:30 - 17:30

STKS is undoubtedly one of the finest talents to emerge from Aotearoa. An artist, musician, singer-songwriter, dancer and all-round entertainer, his presentation of showmanship and original flare will captivate you and keep you wanting more of his infectious comical conduct and amazing multi-skilled talents. You can't help but move and groove to STKS' mix of gospel, neo soul-funk, electro-acoustic elements, fused with a contemporary island sound. A fantastic showman he will keep you treated to his unique sense of humour and all-round spark of entertainment.

Price: Free

The Midnight Trips

Saturday 29 November 2014 - Saturday 29 November 2014

The Midnight Trips are a five piece band consisting of family & friends who got together December 2013 for an impromptu jam and from there decided to create something official. Their style is a progressive fusion of hip hop and soul with a unique Pacifican edge. They are part of the new wave of Aotearoa’s pacific soul artists. The crew is made up of, Psalms (Lead vocals) S.F.T (Beat/Drums) Tonga (Keys) Ice (Bass) Rizvan (MC).

Price: Free


Urbanesia Celebration Day

Saturday 29 November 2014 - Saturday 29 November 2014

Urbanesia Celebration Day with special guests including Ardijah. People from all ages and walks of life can spend a fun, chilled afternoon entertained by a huge array of artists at the Hurstmere Green, in the Town centre courtesy of the Devonport-Takapuna Local Board, and at the Lakehouse Arts Centre with a large open stage. From music, visual arts, performances, and spoken word what ever your flavour you will find it here. Featuring at the Lakehouse Art Centre outdoor stage, are artists: Ardijah, The Midnight Trips, Stks and band, Pukepuke 'O Tonga, Smokefree Pacifica Beats and DJ's Spell and TDK. Featuring at the Hurstmere Green are: Fine Fatale, White Face Crew, The Black Stones, Sau e siva, Niu Navigations and Solomon jewellery making. Supported by the Devonport-Takapuna Local Board

coLAB Urbanesia Tour - Takapuna

Friday 28 November 2014 - Friday 28 November 2014

coLAB stands for collaborative/collective/competitive Live Art Battles. Local visual art practitioners are invited to participate in a pop up, two hour 1-on-1 battle. The battles are fast paced, energetic and attention grabbing. Battles are accompanied by live DJ's who add to the vibe. coLAB seeks to engage and inspire communities and youth with an artistic voice.

Price: Free 

The Fine Fatale Urbanesia Tour

Friday 28 November 2014 - Friday 28 November 2014 , 12:10 - 12:30

Feminine fiery fierceness, Fine Fatale is a hot new dance form fusing Pacific cultural traditions with a slice of underground art-form, 'Vogue' bringing you the 'Past', the 'Now' and the 'Future'! Fine Fatale is blurring the lines between feminine and masculine, representing the new generations of young, savvy and sassy fa'afafines who are setting trends in Pacific performance and the style stakes of Aotearoa's youth population. Fine Fatale is a dance work that is a development of Mario Faumui's orginal highly successful 'La'u Lupe' dance piece performed in 2011.

Price: Free


Urbanesia Stage Takapuna

Friday 28 November 2014 - Friday 28 November 2014

Experience our colourful and fabulous artists first hand as singers, musicians, dancers and street art fill the stage with fresh talent. This may be the place where a star is born. Featuring acts such as: Fine Fatale, coLAB, Pukepuke 'O Tonga, Solo hip-hop Dance and much more.

Price: Free



Kolose: Crochet Niutao Style - Fafine Niutao i Aotearoa Demonstration/Workshop

Thursday 27 November 2014 - Thursday 27 November 2014

Two Sessions: 10.30am - 12.00pm & 1.00pm - 2.00pm

The art of kolose is used in everyday life for Tuvalu women, especially
from the island of Niutao. Come and see members of Fafine Niutao i
Aotearoa collective as they crochet their dynamic designs into dance
costumes, tops, petticoats and pillow cases! Open to enthusiasts and
all levels of crochet artists interested in watching and learning how
these women create works and designs, freestyle.
Contact reception for booking information.


Niu Urbanesia Workshops - Fine Fatale

Thursday 27 November 2014 - Thursday 27 November 2014 , 12:30 - 14:30

Fierce hot Fine Fatale pacific vogue dance group will take you through some hot new dance steps and phrases. Come and enjoy hip-hop beats and Fine Fatale swag, get to know who you are and how to express that through movement.

Price: Free

Bookings: Email 

Auckland Heritage Festival 2014

Friday 26 September 2014 - Sunday 12 October 2014

Lake House is celebrating the Auckland Heritage Festival with a number of exciting events, classes and exhibitions...

High Tea at Lake House

Saturday 27 September 2014 - Sunday 12 October 2014

Join us at Lake House Arts Centre for a culinary experience - our London qualified Patisserie chef will be creating some amazing scrumptious treats for this one off experience. High tea's will be served on beautiful vintage linen and china cake stands in our cafe - all housed in the historic Lake House in Takapuna. Prepaid bookings are essential to secure a place.

$25 per person (includes patisseries - savory and sweet and tea or coffee). 2 person minimum per booking

Session times:

27th and 28th September 10am and 2pm.

4th Oct - 2pm only and 5th October 10am and 2pm.

11th and 12th October 10am and 2pm.

Please ring for more information on booking times (09 486 4877) or email us




Talks and Tours of Lake House's historic buildings

Saturday 27 September 2014 - Sunday 12 October 2014


Enjoy an entertaining talk and tour of the historic Lake House Arts Centre and its surrounding buildings. The Lake House, an Edwardian/Victorian beauty is a Takapuna landmark and was originally a family home situated on Takapuna Beach. It has had a fascinating history - from family home, hospital and seaside boarding house to a party destination for the young and hip during the later half of the 20th century. The Barracks building, shifted on site to be used as art studio's and classrooms started life as World War II Army barracks at Fort Cautley in Takapuna.
Bookings are essential  - please ring 09 4864877 or email

The Talks and Tours will run at 10am on the following dates:

Thursday 2nd October/ Friday 3rd of October / Saturday 4th October

Thursday 9th October / Friday 10th October / Saturday 11th October

FREE (donation to Lake House Trust Inc appreciated)

Heritage themed school holiday classes

Monday 29 September 2014 - Friday 10 October 2014

To celebrate the Auckland Heritage Festival we have added in some heritage themed school holiday classes for October.

Click here to be taken to the School holiday class page 

Heritage Open Day at Lake House

Saturday 4 October 2014 - Saturday 4 October 2014


An Open Day at Lake House Arts Centre is fun for everyone! Talks and tours around the Lake House's historic buildings, vintage, art and craft stalls, Live music from the Lex Pistols and Northcote college band, displays and exhibitions, Kites and vintage cars,demonstrations of heritage crafts and techniques, open artists studio's, art for sale and heritage themed art activities for the kids. Lake House Arts Centre has a wonderful cafe on site for your lunch and will also be open for bookings for a vintage High Tea on Saturdays and Sundays during the Heritage Festival (bookings essential).

FREE entry (donation to Lake House Trust Inc appreciated)

Heritage Homes - a re-imagining - Featuring Marie Potter - floor talk

Saturday 4 October 2014 - Saturday 4 October 2014

Saturday 4th October 11am - Becroft Gallery.

A floor talk and discussion from locals involved in the history of
Lake House and its journey to its present position on Barry's Point
Reserve.  Also featuring Marie Potter talking about her installation.


Through Dragons' Eyes - Chinese Photographers Association of NZ

Sunday 15 June 2014 - Sunday 15 June 2014 - 15:00


Through Dragons' Eyes features a selection of photographic works from NZ Chinese photographers embracing the cultural experiences and aesthetics of living in a new land.

It is an emotional journey when someone leaves their homeland to go and live in a foreign country and arrival in the new environment creates questions, difficulties and confusion but also induces change.

Through Dragons' Eyes captures the personal and emotional perspectives of Chinese immigrants in NZ. It documents and explores a variety of cultural and aesthetic developments as New Zealand becomes a more diverse society



Artist Talk with Trisha Downie from Auckland Quilt Guild

Wednesday 7 May 2014 - Wednesday 7 May 2014

Inspiration - Where to from here?  
Trisha will talk through the process of working from an idea, whether from a photo or drawing or other inspiration.  How she works through the sometimes long process of how to get the thoughts into a mixed media piece or quilt.  Often the hardest part is choosing which medium to use and how to apply it.  She will also explain who Dorothy Collard was and how this Challenge came about.

Jim Overall - Artists talk

Thursday 10 April 2014 - Thursday 10 April 2014

Jim will be talking about his desire to make paintings about places and how he references both monochromatic photography and Color Field Abstract painting (Late NY School).

To view more of Jim's work please go to his website 


Painting Demomonstration with Janet Williamson

Wednesday 2 April 2014 - Wednesday 2 April 2014 - 11:30

Janet Williamson, talented artist, teacher and Lake House Tutor, is going to be giving a demonstration on 'how to start a painting'.  Using a still life setup and specifically designed lighting, Janet will show how to prime the canvas with a background colour, choose an initial composition and also apply chiaroscuro (the use of light and shade in painting and drawing) techniques to your artwork.

HR4 Studio 

Janet will also be tutoring a fantastic painting class in Term 2. Wednesday mornings 7th May-25th June (8 Weeks)

Kids Activities in our latest exhibition Picture This....

Wednesday 12 March 2014 - Sunday 30 March 2014

Come along to our exhibition, bring the kids and they can do (Picture) treasure hunt in the exhibition! Activity sheets available for ages 3-5 and 6 -10 yr olds

A Talk by David Ling, independent book publisher

Thursday 20 March 2014 - Thursday 20 March 2014

1pm in the Becroft Gallery. 

DAVID LING PUBLISHING LIMITED is an independent New Zealand book publishing company established in 1992. Up to ten new titles are published each year - mainly biography, history and general non-fiction, and children's picture books through the recently launched Duck Creek Press imprint.

David Ling was a director of educational and general multinational publishing companies where he worked for nearly twenty years before establishing David Ling Publishing. An active member and long-time former councillor of the Publishers Association of New Zealand (PANZ), he was recently awarded Honorary Life Membership for his services to the industry.

David works from Birkenhead and is a great supporter of the North Shore and Auckland literary community. He will be speaking about his career, his love of books and in particular his cache of children's book authors and illustrators under the Duck Creek Press label.

Featured in the Picture This exhibition is a book from David's stable, Goodnight Pumpkin, written by Belynda Smith and illustrated by Marie Sanders.



Wood Sculpture Live 2013

Wednesday 17 April 2013 - Sunday 28 April 2013 - 17:00

The Biennial Wood Sculpture Live event is back in 2013. 

Watch talented sculptors working live over 10 days transforming massive chunks of raw Macrocarpa, Cedar, Pohutukawa, Norfolk Pine, Silky Oak and Totara into magnificent artworks. Daily in the grounds of Lake House from 9am to 5pm.


Supreme Award Winner - Joe Kemp

"My Kaitiaki" carved from Norfolk Pine


First runner up - Glen Davis

"Synergy" carved from Redwood


Second runner up Chris Moore

"Watching and Waiting" carved from Redwood

Family Christmas Event

Saturday 8 December 2012 -

Another FIRST for Lake House. So much FREE fun on Saturday 8th December for the whole family.

Circus workshops with the Community Circus 3-5pm
Arty Smarty ART activities for under 6's & pre-school Toys 3-5pm
Magician Mick Peck 5-5.30pm (interactive show)
Carols & Sing-a-long with the North Shore Youth Music 6-7pm
Bring a blanket and a picnic or grab a bite to eat from the Cafe

This event is supported by Devonport-Takapuna Local Board, Lake House Arts, Takapuna Community Facilities Trust and NS Youth Music

Lake House Arts Centre

37 Fred Thomas Drive,
Takapuna, Auckland 0622

Phone: 09 486 4877


Opening hours

Monday - Friday 9:30am - 3:30pm

Tuesday - Friday 9:30am - 3:30pm,
Saturday & Sunday 10am - 3pm

Tuesday - Friday Open from 8am
Saturday & Sunday Open from 8:30am



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