Read about our upcoming and current events happening around the Lake House!

Art outside the box! Share your Art with the Takapuna community

Wednesday 28 October 2020 - Monday 23 November 2020

Invitation to Artists

Lake House Arts has collaborated with The Takapuna Business Association to bring a creative initiative to life!

We are inviting our Lake House members, friends and whanau to participate in creating vibrant art and design murals for power boxes around the Takapuna community.

Murals are a wonderful and unique way for our local artists to beautify, engage and strengthen the pride within our community while conveying a message in their designs.

Artists are encouraged to submit their designs for these power boxes and proposals themed around “Takapuna Community”, the brief otherwise is open to all styles.

There are a number of Locations include Anzac Lane, Huron Westpac, Como Street and Harcourts Hurstmere.

The selected entries will be rewarded $250 to each artist plus the materials.

How to Apply

- Complete application & acknowledgement of terms and conditions. Download Vector's application form here.

- Provide good quality digital images of intended design, brief artist bio and time frame required to complete mural in to

- Entries close 5pm 23rd November 2020

20th Anniversary Celebrations

Thursday 19 November 2020 - Friday 20 November 2020

All of Lake House Arts events and activities for 2020 have led to this moment.  The official celebrations commemorating the 20th Anniversary of Lake House Arts!  Two spectacular events over two evenings will 
celebrate our November 19th birthday.

There will be art, music, dancing, laughter and entertainment, as well as a very special unveiling of a brand new commissioned public artwork from Lake House Arts longest standing resident, Bill Hayes.

Celebrations kick off November 18th at 6pm.

Lampshade Making Workshop - With Oscuro

Sunday 15 November 2020 - Sunday 15 November 2020 , 10:00 - 12:30

Lampshade Making Workshop - With Oscuro
Sunday 15th November 10am -12.30pm

A fun morning out learning to make your very own smallDrum Lampshade.
Bookings are essential - only 6 spaces per class.

You will be making a small drum lampshade 10-12" diameter
All materials provided except YOUR favourite fabric.
Cotton or linen is the best to use.
A small number of fabrics will be available to choose from for anyone who does not bring their own.

Wood Sculpture Symposium 2020 - Live Sculpting

Tuesday 3 November 2020 - Sunday 15 November 2020

Led by resident whakairo artist Natanahira Pona, 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. 

Official kick-off for sculpting will be 9am, Monday November 2nd until the 13th. Public viewing available from Tuesday 3rd November.

The Wood Sculpture Symposium encourages both emerging and established 
artists to step out of their comfort zones, to create a work ‘on the fly’; on site within Lake House grounds and within a strict time period.  The 2020 event includes public programming with artist talks, demonstrations and interactive activities for kids. The live sculpting part of the event which is completely free and open to the public, will run from the 12th of November, then the creations will be placed in situ around the Lake House Arts Grounds for exhibition throughout summer. 

Participating Artists:

Andy Turner (Andy Wilson)

Anthony Turner has studied under the tutorship of the countries top Maori carvers. Beyond carving, he has also developed a background in television production and has worked in below and above the line advertising marketing communications agencies.

Anthony also has a strong passion for working with at risk youth, and has pioneered a youth development programme Mana Rangatahi and works closely with Police, CYF, Ministry of Education, Iwi, and local schools.

He is a founding member of Nga Aho – Maori Design Professionals, and a board member for Te Hotu Manawa Maori and Awataha Marae.

Peter Millman

Peter Millman has a degree in fine art from Elam. He lives in the rain forest in Waitakere, Titirangi the ‘fringe of heaven’. He has won various international awards and has works in 16 countries. Career highlights include the ‘Giantwins’ of 2004, which was the first artwork from NZ to sell for more than $NZ1M.

Trisha Fisk

Trish Fisk is a painter and sculptor, now based in Whangarei Heads after 30 years farming sheep and cattle in the Hokianga. During that time she studied painting and sculpture by correspondance with the Learning Connexion. It meant juggling farm work with small children and art assignments.

But now her work sells in Auckland and Northland and to overseas buyers. Also a trained journalist, Trisha still writes freelance, mixing writing with painting and sculpture.

​"I believe art should be uplifting to look at. If you are going to live with something on your wall it needs to brighten your day either with its colours, or subject. Art needs to make a statement that warms your soul. It shouldn’t need words to explain or justify it."

Speaking of her developing sculpture practice, she has taken part in several symposiums around the country.

“I love being able to combine the practical skills I learned on the farm with my more creative side. Being comfortable wielding a chainsaw or arc welder or axe is like the reward for those years of hard physical work. Now I can use them for artistic ends.”

Brian Wright

Brian Wright is a Master Wood and Bone craftsman, and creator of Wild Image Studios based in Gisborne. He achieved his Open Water Dive Instructors certificate, in addition to specialties including Photography, night navigation, wreck and deep water diving.

Nici Palmer

Nici Palmer is a mixed media artist from Taranaki, she works predominantly in hard stone, Pounamu jade, Andesite, Basalt, Granite and N.Z. Marble. 
She has a diploma in Art and Design/Pattern making from WITT Taranaki.
She has previously exhibited in boutique galleries, sculpture
parks and homeshow exhibitions in New Zealand. She has been sculpting and exhibiting in symposiums around New Zealand since 2001.

Lyall Tupe

Lyall Tupe is an artist based in Waitara.

Paul Olson

Paul Olson is an artist who works across sculpture, jewellery, painting and poetry. He has participated in sculpture symposiums around the country, including the recent Whangarei Sculpture Symposium, held at Hihiaua Cultural Centre.

Tai Meuli

Since taking u­p carving at 24, Meuli has been involved in 60 symposiums and founded The Oro Haaruru sculpting event, which is not only about carving but rather charity and bringing men together to talk - because "everyone has stories".

Stan Young

Stan Young is a sculptor based in Kaitaia. Originally from Ahipara, he also specialises in Tā Moko.

Keith Waaka

Keith Waaka is a sculptor from Mourea, and graduated with a Maunga Kura Toi - Bachelor of Maori Art from Te Waananga o Aotearoa in 2006.

Davey McGhie

Titahi Bay artist and art educator Davey McGhie has exhibited widely across many of the country's major sculpture symposia. Having completed a Post Graduate Diploma in Fine Arts at Elam, in recent years McGhie has taught at Whitireia Community Polytechnic as well as various schools and community art groups in Wellington. His interests, ranging from song writing, performance in ska rock bands and work in horticulture all serve to inform his art practice.

McGhie values the notion of there being no right or wrong in contemporary art making. With an intuitive approach to the manipulation of his materials, and a robust sense of humour, his visual language is constantly evolving.

Brett Evans


Halloween at Lake House

Saturday 31 October 2020 - Saturday 31 October 2020 - 22:00

Lake House Halloween 2020

6pm – 10pm, Saturday 31st October


For Halloween, Lake House will be open to the public from 6pm till 10pm, 31st October. Join us for a night of spooks, fun scares and surprises!

This year, Lake House Arts will be co-hosting with Haunted Auckland, who will be set up with their ghost-hunting equipment to search for the mysterious Lake House ghost.

This is a family-friendly event, featuring activities for all age groups including face painting, prizes and a costume disco in the gallery.

Are you ready to scour the hallways and byways of the facility looking for the mysterious Lake House ghost?

Koha coin donation per person on entry.


Running Our Arts Off!

Wednesday 4 March 2020 - Wednesday 15 April 2020

We are 'Running Our Arts Off!' to raise money for our emerging artists!

Operations Manager Grae Burton, Engagement Coordinator and Assistant Curator Marion Breinhorst, and more of the Lake House Team will be running the 'Round the Bays' on the 8th of March, and the 'Shore to Shore' on the 5th of April.

This is to raise funds for our Emerging Artist initiative EMERGENT: SEE II 2020.

Visit our GiveALittle Page to donate and sponsor us while we 'Run Our Arts Off!' to support our young artists!