Arts Events in the Wellington Area – Oct 4-7


Mr. Mushroom

Circa Theater, October 5-16, 11 a.m. and 1 p.m. screenings, $ 15

World famous in Wellington, the iconic Mr Fungus presents his new upbeat physical comedy show, sure to delight kids of all ages. So bring the whānau, bring the grand, bring the neighbors, and come join “New Zealand’s Strongest Mime,” Mr. Fungus. Tickets:

Little town liars

BATS Theater, October 5-9, 6:30 p.m. and 8:30 p.m., $ 20- $ 40

Set in deep south Louisiana in the 1950s, Little Town Liars follows three children as they sneak up on Halloween to take what they think are simple, innocent herbal pills. Three days later, they emerge from the woods, dazed and confused. Tickets:

40 years anniversary exhibition

Bowen Galleries, October 5 to 21, rue Ghuznee

This group exhibition will include important new works produced especially for the occasion by five artists who have been part of history from the start in 1981: Debra Bustin, Euan Macleod, Jeff Thomson, Shona Rapira Davies and Alison Clouston.

Emily Benefield – Peeps at Nature

Thistle Hall, October 5-9: 10 a.m. – 6 p.m., October 10, 10 a.m.-2 p.m., free

Emily Benefield makes collages from vintage magazines and children’s books from the 1930s to the 1960s. Her work has been described as “a funny, satirical, biting and always beautiful collage.”

Who wore it the best?  by Emily Benefield


Who wore it the best? by Emily Benefield

In the valley

Whirinaki Whare Taonga, Upper Hutt, until December 12, free

In this collaboration with the Te Pātaka Toi Adam art gallery, eight important works from the Victoria University of Wellington Art Collection are presented. This small exhibition was specially chosen for Whirinaki Whare Taonga as an opportunity for the local public to see the works of the main artists of the modern period (1930-1970): Fred Graham, Ralph Hotere, Colin McCahon and Gordon Walters,

Classical music

St Andrew’s on the Terrace, October 6, 12:15 p.m., koha

Piano students of the NZSM. Public limited according to the level of alert.

Flute squadron

St Andrew’s on the Terrace, Oct 7 12:15 p.m., koha

Members of the Air Force Band – 10 flutes, including 3 bass flutes, 2 alto flutes, several C and piccolo flutes. Under the direction of Ben Robertson, they will perform Libertango by Piazzolla, Por Una Cabeza by Gardel, Defying Gravity by Schwartz from Bad, Strauss’s final trio of Der Rosenkavalier and Inside Ian Clarke. Public according to the level of alert.

Standing comedy – Alien comedy

Moon Bar, Oct. 7 7 p.m., $ 10

MC Trent H Baumann. Alien Comedy is Newtown’s coolest and only monthly comedy show. Great range of food.

Roger Mortimer, Mana 2021 watercolor, gold powder and acrylic lacquer on canvas.


Roger Mortimer, Mana 2021 watercolor, gold powder and acrylic lacquer on canvas.

Roger Mortimer, Pito-One: At the end of the beach

Bartley & Company Art, Garrett St, until October 23, free

Roger Mortimer’s personal exhibition includes four large tapestries and three paintings. Having established a distinctive niche with its enigmatic and surreal juxtaposition of medieval images on current nautical charts of the surroundings of Aotearoa, the addition of the ancient medium of tapestry to his practice seems a natural expansion.

Art meets craftsmanship

Hutt Art Center, until Oct 10, 10 a.m.-4 p.m., free

Colourfest Painters and Emilia Hrstich in Arts Meets Craft. Guest artist Joy Brown with miniature houses. Brown donated a painting which will be drawn and all proceeds will be donated to Te Omanga Hospice.

At Arts meets Craft, a painting was offered to be raffled for Te Omanga Hospice.


At Arts meets Craft, a painting was offered to be raffled for Te Omanga Hospice.

Autonomous organizations

Portrait Gallery, Shed 11, Queens Wharf, until November 7, 10:30 am-4:30pm, free

Centered in Aotearoa, Autonomous Bodies tackles questions of beauty, power and representation through works that convey authentic experiences, from the everyday to the divine, seeking to bring forward various perspectives, notably those of Maori artists, pasifikas and LBGTQ +.

Latin American and Spanish Film Festival

Old Museum Building, Massey University Entrance D, until October 7, 6 p.m., free

The Film Festival is a cultural event dedicated to contemporary film productions from Latin America and Spain. All movies have subtitles. Visit for film and schedule details.


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