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Members Merit Awards 2022

Saturday 7 May 2022 - Friday 3 June 2022

Lake House Arts is pleased to announce our 2022 Members Merit Awards and exhibition.

Lake House Arts' Member Merit Awards is a tradition where current Lake House members are invited to submit up to two artworks, which are then exhibited and judged by guest arts judges.

All mediums are featured - sculpture, digital, textile or painting.


First Prize - $800 

Runner-up - $200 

Highly Commended - $100 

A Lake House Arts gift pack will be included with the top prizes. 

Merit Awards packs 

How to enter:

1) Please complete our online form with your artwork details.

2) Please book an artwork drop-off time and date by emailing Deliveries are accepted from Tuesday 3rd May - Thursday 5th May from 9.30am - 3pm.

3) Print and fill out our physical submission form with your artworks details, and attach the to the back of your artworks upon delivery.


He Kākano Ahau and Te ao Mārama

Sunday 20 June 2021 - Friday 9 July 2021

Guest artist Ramari Tauroa-Tibble had her first solo exhibition in our cafe gallery in 2020, progressing to a dual feature exhibition in the Becroft Gallery for Matariki Festival 2021. She is joined by Lake House Arts whakairo (carving) students, under the direction of Natanahira Ponawho. The students will create beautifully carved finial, which will be exhibited on the gallery floor, complimented by Tauroa-Tibble's paintings on the walls. Upon completion of the exhibition the finials will be blessed and installed on the main building of Lake House Arts.

Meri Kirihimete Market hosted by Mahi Toi - Spencer Bellas Artist

Sunday 6 December 2020 - Sunday 6 December 2020

The Becroft Gallery is excited to house a collection of New Zealand artists and creatives this Christmas season offering a bespoke Kiwi selection of Christmas gift options.
Hosted by Mahi Toi owner Spencer Bellas this Meri Kirihimete market will run from December 6th until December 24th. Clothing, jewellery, gift boxes, skincare products, artwork and homewares will all be on offer.

Members Merit Awards 2020

Sunday 15 November 2020 - Friday 4 December 2020

Opening Celebration and Awards - Sunday 15th November at 4pm.

You must be a current financial member of Lake House Arts for the duration on the exhibition to enter the awards.  This is an opportunity for our member artists to enter a judged award and exhibition. 

There are several awards on offer, including the Ultimate Award, with prizes from Riley Consultants, Gordon Harris Art Supplies, Takapuna Art Supplies and more. 

This years theme is “Next Gen”.  What will your world be like for our next generation in the next 20 years?  How will you change?  How will art be 
different?  Where will Lake House Arts be?  Use these inspirations as you 
approach to the theme and share your vision. A Personal or Global approach to the theme is welcome.

Download your entry form here, and bring to Lake House Arts Centre by Friday 13th November, 3pm.



Puzzled: Māpura Artists Showcase

Sunday 8 November 2020 - Friday 13 November 2020



Puzzled is a selection of recent paintings and drawings by Mapura studio artists Lizzie Collinette, Colin Harris, Sian Thomas and Madeleine Wilson. This small group show is a celebration and close exploration of the creative process and unique perspective of each artist. The group are part of a larger community of practising artists sharing the studio space at Marpura Studios. 
Located in central Auckland with satellite groups in other areas, Mapura Studios offers an extensive inclusive programme for people of diverse needs and ages, including visual art, music, cartooning, dance, performance and art therapy. 

Visit their website for more info:

KWANZ: Korean Women of NZ Photography

Sunday 25 October 2020 - Friday 6 November 2020

The Korean Women's Association of New Zealand, (KWANZ) create all sorts of classes for Korean women to join. This exhibition will feature their female amateur photography community group. KWANZ would like to show their different point of view appreciating the nature and life of New Zealand as immigrants. 

KWANZ are a female photography learning community group started from last year, taught by Charlie Yang who is a prestigious photographer in Korea and all over the world. 

The Korean Women's Association of New Zealand, (KWANZ) create all sorts of classes for Korean women to join. This exhibition will feature their female amateur photography community group. KWANZ would like to show their different point of view appreciating the nature and life of New Zealand as immigrants.  

KWANZ are a female photography learning community group started from last year, taught by Charlie Yang who is a prestigious photographer in Korea and all over the world. 


Legacy of an Era - Founding Lake House Artists Exhibition

Sunday 4 October 2020 - Friday 23 October 2020

​Welcoming the return of founding Lake House Arts Artists in a very special 
exhibition marking the next turning point in the development of Lake House Arts.​
This exhibition will feature art from the “original” Lake House Artist Tony Ogle.

Tony was very involved in the early stages of saving the house, as an historic icon of Takapuna. In 1995 with 25 other artists, he organized the “End of an Era” 
exhibition held in the House to draw public attention to its significance and 
imminent destruction at the hands of a local property developer.

Five years later, after Lake House Arts was saved from destruction, relocated and renovated, Tony, along with guest and resident artists held the first 
exhibition at the new Lake House - “The New Era” Exhibition was a celebration of the beginnings of Lake House Arts Success.  Many of the original artists from both the “Era” exhibitions will return.  


Future Tense: Lake House Arts Residents and Tutors

Sunday 19 July 2020 - Friday 31 July 2020

Lake House current Tutors and Residents are asked to tackle a weighty subject 

– What will our future be?  

Addressing themes of ambition, legacy and the growth of our species into the near or far future our Residents and Tutors are asked to interpret their own 
visions of what lies beyond 2020. 

Resident Artists at Lake House Arts work and create onsite in their own studios.  

Tutors at Lake House Arts teach over 1200 students per year in a diverse array of arts genres.  

From Ceramics to Printmaking to Abstract Oil Painting, to Theatre to cutting  edge Virtual Technology, this will be one of the most genre-diverse, multi-art 
experiences in 2020 and beyond at Lake House Arts.

Matariki Market with Mahi Toi

Sunday 21 June 2020 - Friday 17 July 2020


Lake House Arts Resident Artist Spencer Bellas runs the NZ Art and Gift Shop on site called Mahi Toi.
Spencer invites Maori Artists and Craftspeople to participate in his cash and carry showcase market inside the Becroft Gallery.
This Matariki Market will highlight the best in Maori Contemporary Bespoke Art from Auckland and around the country.
Mahi Toi, home of high-quality, original, affordable paintings by Māori artist Spencer Bellas. Visit the online store now at

Ko Putauaki te Maunga
Ko Rangitaiki te awa
Ko Ngāti awa te iwi he hononga hoki ōku ki a Ngāi Tahu kia ratou ko Ngapuhi ko Tuwharetoa.
Kia ora Koutou.

Auckland Festival of Photography Community Photo Challenge

Sunday 31 May 2020 - Friday 19 June 2020

The inaugural Community Photo Challenge – an open access community entry photography competition. Anyone, any age and any skill level can participate with up to 2 entries per person. All entries will be printed according to resolution to a maximum size of A3 size.  


You will also have the option to submit your entry digitally and have your work printed in-house at Lake House Arts. 


Entries will open May 1st on the Lake House Arts website – 


This is a fun showcase for the whole community .  


All photos submitted (considered suitable for a family audience) will be hung. 

And the Sun arose, with it my Spirits: Alex Witten-Hannah

Sunday 31 May 2020 - Friday 19 June 2020

“And the Sun arose. With it, my Spirits” - Digital Photography Suite taken during Level 4 - COVID-19 CONARONAVIRUS LOCKDOWN - March 26 -  May 14 2020 - Fundraiser Exhibition at Lake House Arts Centre - May 31 – June 19 2020

by Alex Witten-Hannah

We are very grateful for the incredible, ongoing contribution Alex Witten-Hannah has made to the success of Lake House Arts.  It is true to say that without Alex it is very possible Lake House Arts would not exist today!  As the legal support for the original trust that saved Lake House from destruction, Alex was responsible for putting the injunction in place which stopped the improper sale of the building and ensured it could be saved and restored.
Alex continues to make a substantial contribution with this extraordinary collection of “lockdown art”.  Level 4 had a significant and lasting impact on Lake House Arts, eliminating tens of thousands of dollars of revenue in a very short time.  In an incredibly generous gesture, Alex has agreed that all proceeds from the sale of these works will go entirely to Lake House Arts.
These works are now available to purchase as single edition, signed and framed prints.  The social media post will also be provided in a small frame to compliment the overall work and add prominence and context to the lockdown art.

20 x 25 cm size - $175.00
28 x 38 cm size - $250.00

Includes signed single edition print, complimentary A6 size framed social media post and printed and special edition printed catalogue.  To reserve you print please email Operations Manager Grae Burton at





Members' Showcase March 29 - April 24

Sunday 29 March 2020 - Friday 24 April 2020

This salon-style cash and carry exhibition is a showcase of our Lake House Members' latest work. This exhibition will be an opportunity for us at Lake House to utilise our online presence to make these works more accessible to our community and the public at large. A second call out for works may be made part way through the exhibition.

Keep an eye out for our Facebook or Instagram postings about the pieces involved!