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We offer education programmes to suit all students from Year 1 to 13. Learning activities will be adapted to meet the needs of each year level and the relevant curriculum/NCEA objectives. We also develop curriculum-linked resources for each major exhibition to assist you before, during and after your visit.

All our programmes are FREE. If you would like to make a booking for a class, or would like further information please email elhams@hdc.govt.nz or contact the Gallery on 06 871 5095.

Our education programme is supported by the Ministry of Education’s Learning Experiences Outside the Classroom initiative (LEOTC).

Please see below for the current education programmes available.

The Water Project

The Water Project exhibition engages with the complex realities of water in the 21st Century – as bringer of life and ancestral voice, but also as a contested commodity and saleable resource | Until 24 March 2019

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Billie Culy and Henry Lyons: At the Table

This collaborative installation by Billie Culy and Henry Lyons uses photography, found objects and audio to connect viewers with portraits of Hawke’s Bay people. Personal objects sit alongside photographs, accompanied by recorded interviews from each participant who we never see in person | 18 Feb - 10 May

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Tuia – Encounters 250

In Kauri Hawkins' upcoming exhibition he takes a contemporary lens to James Cook’s arrival in New Zealand on the Endeavour 250 years ago, drawing on the iconography of basketball | 1 April- 21 June

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School Symposium

In term two we will run a School Symposium of Visual Arts and Performing Arts. More information to come. Keep in touch if you want your class to be part of this unique experience.

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Student Public Art Tour

Bring your primary, intermediate or secondary school group for a unique, free walking tour to discover new ways to experience public art in Hastings CBD. Hear the stories behind our public art collection, discuss them in relation to the surrounding environment, and explore the importance of public art to the culture of a city.

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Gallery Explorer: Looking at Art

Learning to look and how people ‘read’ a work of art. Students explore exhibitions at the gallery to practice close-looking and observation techniques while strengthening their visual literacy and visual thinking skills. NCEA: 1.2-2.2-3.2- 1.1-2.1-3.1 Duration: One hour, however, we can change it to meet your timeframe. Suitable: For Year 1-13 Cost: Free Available: Throughout the year

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Hastings City Art Gallery | Social Stories

These social stories were designed for the gallery by Kelsey Hankins, to support families and schools bringing people with Autism Spectrum Condition and Sensory Processing Condition to the gallery. Please feel free to download the stories and adapt them to your own needs.

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