Our Annual Programme and Exhibition Spaces


The annual program of exhibitions, events and activities runs from April to March every year.  

Many of our Exhibitions, Events and Activities crossover multiple platforms for what is delivered at Lake House Arts, including:​
Multiple Gallery Spaces ​

  • Hirable Spaces for events and Activities​
  • A diverse arts and culture education program​
  • Free community arts activities and events​
  • A membership of artists and students​
  • Lake House tenants, associates and arts residents

Our program is informed by:

  • Our Governance Aims to promote and present a vibrant and accessible arts centre while maintaining a heritage building valued in our community.
    • “Preserving the Past.  Promoting the Arts.”​
  • Creating opportunities for our Membership and Students.​
  • Traditional Exhibitions with a history at Lake House Arts.​
  • Creating new opportunities for emerging and established professional artists.​
  • Creating new opportunities for Community Organisations and Schools.​
  • Creating opportunities for the wider community to engage in unique arts activities.​
  • Engagement with our Maori Culture, History and Heritage.​
  • Engagement with our wider, diverse international community who have made New Zealand their home.​
  • Our relationship with Auckland City Council Arts and Takapuna/Devonport Local Board and events/activities they provide the wider Auckland community.

Ongoing & Resident Exhibitions at Lake House Arts Centre

Printmakers' Corner

North West Corridor Downstairs

The Studio Printmakers' are an art collective formed in the 1990's by a group of practicing printmakers.

The initial aim was to provide a studio where printmakers could experiment and learn from one another.

It is now a vibrant communal creative space hosting workshops, exhibitions and tutorships from national and internationally respected printmakers.  The Printmakers have been in residence at Lake House Arts for well over a decade.

On a monthly turn around the Lake House now an ongoing exhibition space in the west side corridor downstairs in our main building to show our resident printmakers’ work on an ongoing basis.

See more at www.printmakers.co.

Members’ Cafe Exhibition

Lake House Cafe

The Membership at Lake House Arts has been around for longer than the building in it’s current form and location!  The Lake House Trust is a Charitable Trust and Incorporated Society formed out of the original Coach House Trust which came together to save the building back in the early 1990’s.

Since then the membership has grown and strengthened into a vibrant artistic community which is the foundation of support behind all of Lake House Arts’ activities.

To honour the richness and diversity in our membership Lake House Arts has opened up free access to its membership to exhibit single pieces of 2D and 3D work in an ongoing exhibition throughout the year.

Colourful and diverse, each work represents the unique visions and talents that make up the backbone of our strong and independent community.

*To become a member of Lake House Arts please visit our website - www.lakehousearts.org.nz to register.

​​James Lawrence Studio Wall

West Side Downstairs Corridor

James Lawrence is one of Lake House Arts oldest resident artists.  He is a well-known artist and tutor who has previously exhibited and taught classes and workshops, both nationally and internationally.

James has been a professional artist for over 30 years, gaining his Bachelor of Fine Arts in Printmaking in 1971 and Master of Fine Arts in Printmaking in 1973 at the Otis Art Institute in California. He also holds a Bachelor of Arts (Biology) from Austin College, Texas (1966)

James has shown at many exhibitions in the United States, Europe, Australia, New Zealand, Taiwan and Japan. He was included in California Design 76 and selected for a printmakers exhibit at the California Museum of Science and Industry. His work has featured in Home Magazine, California Printmakers, Prints Magazine and Décor Magazine, and is held in the Corporate Collections of IBM, RCA, Federal Reserve Board of Philadelphia, Home Savings & Loan, and Wells Fargo Bank. He has exhibited extensively within New Zealand at both Group and Solo shows including Northart, Mairangi Arts Centre, Portfolio Gallery, St Heliers Arts Festival, Royal Easter Show and Lake House Arts.

James was named “Most Successful Painting Artist” and awarded the Royal Agricultural Society Medal at one of New Zealand’s leading Fine Arts Exhibitions this year at the 2001 Royal Easter Show. He headed off 300 other painters to win both the Asia Pacific and the Faber Castell Dry Art Open categories, as well as place third in the National Art Supplies Print Making Open.

For James, the primary aim i

n producing any work of art is that of involving the viewer. James emphasises the importance of capturing the interest of his audience and arousing their curiosity, allowing questions to arise within the viewer.

“To achieve this end, I constantly experiment with the subject matter, media and form, because it continually challenges me to further my range of expression. This attitude enables growth to be automatic and leads me into areas that are always new and different and hopefully stimulating and exciting to view.”

Digital Studio and Screen

Beginning in April 2018 the Digital Studio Wall is an ongoing rotation of video and digital art curated from current New Zealand video artists and resident artists at the studio.  The roster of video artists will rotate regularly and the WFDS will be a multi functional space, an artist creator space, a community access digital art teaching and experience space and a unique artspace, the first of its kind in the North Shore and Greater Auckland.

Lake House Heritage Wall


Harcourt’s Heritage Homes of Takapuna and Milford

East Side Stairs and Upper Level Corridor


See a slice of the History and Heritage of Lake House Arts Centre in photographic form as you go up the main stairway at Lake House Arts.  Our heritage photowall depicts images from Lake House’s past when it was originally situated on Takapuna Beach to it being cut into seven pieces and shifted to its current Barry’s Point Reserve location on Fred Thomas Drive.  Then see some of the earliest Exhibitions, Events and Activities that have helped make Lake House Arts what it is today.


Once up the stairs you will experience over 20 beautifully presented photographs depicting Heritage Homes of Takapuna and Milford.  This exhibition, commissioned by Harcourts with the support of Lake House Founders Gail and Ken Pianta and created by Margaret Field presents a rich and valued history of our local area.


All images have a textual history documenting the buildings and geography of the surrounding area and during Auckland Heritage Week Lake House Arts stages events with its founders and members commemorating and remembering our past.


*Please note at varying times in the year this exhibition may be out on loan.


Wooden Sculpture and Ceramic Garden Treasures
Lake House Grounds and Gardens


The Gardens and Grounds at Lake House Arts centre have evolved and transformed over time with the help of much professional volunteer and member support.  


The Gardens and Grounds have seen many Woodcraft Festivals, and over time have become the home for many sculptural commissions for artists and Lake House Residents.


With the incredible output of hundreds of ceramics works every year from students and artists using Lake House Arts many pieces have found their way into the Lake House Gardens to compliment the beautiful array of plants and flowers.


It has been a rich and inspiring environment for arts to flourish.  We invite you to experience the art in and around our Gardens, Grounds and (some hidden) Treasures.