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Events in Nelson

Life drawing (Tuesday 26th October 2021)

Sketching a life model
For time frames from 3min to 20mins
Pencil and paper can be provided or bring your own materials
Class runs for one hour
Bookings essential as classes are kept small
Classes are running during level 2

Txt or call 0226185500
Or find us on Facebook Life drawing Nelson

Welcoming environment
Beginner and experienced artists welcome

$25per class

Classes facilitated by Jeanie Robertson


Harakeke - NZ Flax Workshop - Weave the Greenest Shopping Basket, ever! Two Day workshop (Saturday 30th-Sunday 31st October 2021)

NZ Flax - Harakeke is the most enduring of all New Zealand native plants, a natural resource and easily accessible.

From plant to product, in this workshop you will learn the skills of weaving with NZ Flax - Harakeke including plaiting to create strong and sturdy handles for baskets.

You will leave with a completed, fully functioning shopping bag that will give you great satisfaction having created an object of natural beauty with sustainability in mind.

This is the second workshop in a series of three Harakeke Weaving workshops.

The first introductory to Harakeke Weaving workshop is when you will be taught the cultural customs of working within the sustainable practices of tikanga and the values toi raranga, the protocols of flax cutting and handling which surrounds this time honored craft.

The third workshop in this series is weaving your own Kete Whiri


CANCELLED: EMERGE! Rising Talent (Saturday 30th October 2021)

The second concert in our EMERGE series features gifted local performers under the age of 20 who have achieved national recognition. The depth of talent in this predominantly classical (with a sprinkle of contemporary) variety concert will astound and delight you. Thanks to generous support from NRDA, tickets are FREE but must be pre-booked at NCMA or at


Nanowrimo Launch Write-in (Tuesday 2nd November 2021)

Its that time of year - National Novel Writing Month!

Come in to Elma Turner Library to meet up with fellow writers, hash out those tricky plot details, and get some words down. Bring along your laptop and your current project.

There's online support available too! Meet up with your fellow writers online - email for an invite to a secure Discord server, pen names welcome!


Songs at Sundown // Founders Cafe (Friday 5th November 2021)

Kick off your weekend at Founders Cafe.

Live music, delicious food, great drink selection and an all round relaxing night to set your weekend off right.

Keep an eye on our Facebook page for artist updates and Friday night specials.


Dii Moffatt (Monday 8th November-Saturday 4th December 2021)

By questioning the obvious, Moffatt finds that movement reveals the un-noticed. The artist also considers movement as a metaphor for change.
Her paintings isolate the movements of subjects and/or objects. By doing so, new sequences are created which reveal an inseparable relationship between object and hyperobject.

By applying abstraction, she tries to approach a wide scale of subjects in a multi-layered way, likes to involve the viewer in a manner that is sometimes physical, and believes in the idea of subject following form in a work.

Her works directly respond to the surrounding environment and use everyday experiences from the artist as a starting point. Often these are framed instances that would go unnoticed in their original context. With a conceptual approach, she creates layers, shapes and colours which examine development, growth and equilibrium in a time of uncertainty.

Her work doesn’t reference recognisable form. The results are deconstructed to the extent that meaning is shifted and possible interpretation becomes multifaceted. Dii Moffatt has recently moved to Nelson from Dunedin.


Cloud of Unknowing - Linda Dimitrievski (Monday 8th November-Saturday 4th December 2021)

Cloud of Unknowing

This project deals with (my) perception of existence and that which is accepted as ‘real’. It is an observation on what we take to be true in relation to the existence of others and how we may act on this in altruistic ways without personal experience of the actuality of these others.

It touches on Descartes’ ideas around the body and mind as separate and, put in extension, my presumption of these traits in others as well as my questions around whether or not we can connect in a purely mindly manner. It looks at the ‘weight’ of individual existence in relation to the subjective self and examines our inter-connectivity on a historical and global scale.

It is, ultimately, a celebration of being human.
The indivisible soul, a metaphysical potential utilizing physical signs and signifiers to point towards itself, make itself known and coming to recognize others of its ilk. Consciousness, transcending the limitations of a material world to connect in this existence of turmoil.
(L. Dimitrievski, 2020)


The Kids Sing (Monday 8th-Wednesday 10th November 2021)

Young singers are set to shine on stage at The Kids Sing festivals all around New Zealand in 2021. Twelve school choirs from Nelson/Tasman will be performing two contrasting songs and a massed choir song “I Love Life” by local songwriters Kath Bee and Doug Stenhouse. Each day the students will be rehearsing their songs and learning some new choral skills from the Guest Commentators Costa Simpson and Megan Flint. In the evening they will be performing all their songs for their parents and friends in the NCMA Auditorium.

Our Guest Commentator, Megan Flint is one of the most experienced choral directors of children’s choirs in the country. She is the co-author of Hear Our Voices, a handbook for leaders of children’s choirs and she presents the successful national workshop series Singing Matters for the New Zealand Choral Federation.

The Kids Sing Day - schools will be rehearsing from 1pm – 4pm.
The Kids Sing Evening Concerts will be for family and friends from 6pm – 7.30pm
Booking fees apply.


Hotel California The Eagles Experience (Wednesday 10th November 2021)

It’s time to check-in to Hotel California The Eagles Experience – the captivating live concert and stage show saluting the extraordinary talent and timeless catalogue of The Eagles.

With a stage full of show-stopping voices and musicians, relive the beautiful country harmonies, the rockin’ guitar solos and the masterful songwriting in all its glory, performed live on stage.

Hear all the classic tracks that topped the charts and tested the boundaries of Rock and Country including Hotel California, Desperado, Take It Easy, One of These Nights, Tequila Sunrise, Heartache Tonight, Life in the Fast Lane, Take it to the Limit, Witchy Woman, New Kid In Town, Lyin’ Eyes, Get Over It, Love will Keep Us Alive, Best of My Love and more.

A carefully-crafted tribute that music fans will truly appreciate.


The Bee Gees Night Fever (Friday 12th November 2021)

Direct from Australia, Showtime invites you to dance your way into a time warp of 70’s disco dance-floor thrillers and timeless heartfelt rock ballads with The Bee Gees Night Fever!

Night Fever is jetting into town to recreate the Bee Gee’s 1997 One Night Only Las Vegas concert experience in a theatre-style production with over two hours of LIVE engaging entertainment showcased through vibrant state-of-the-art lighting, digital display screens, impeccable sound and of course a handpicked international cast that will immerse audiences into the disco era with exquisite trio harmonies and the iconic high-pitched falsetto that we all know and love!

With disco tracks like Night Fever, Stayin’ Alive, You Should Be Dancin’ and best-loved ballads like How Deep Is Your Love, I Started a Joke and Tragedy, the magical event The Bee Gees Night Fever is not to be missed!


Songs at Sundown // Founders Cafe (Friday 12th November 2021)

Kick off your weekend at Founders Cafe.

Live music, delicious food, great drink selection and an all round relaxing night to set your weekend off right.

Keep an eye on our Facebook page for artist updates and Friday night specials.


Tom Sainsbury – Snapchat Dude Live (Saturday 13th November 2021)

Comedian, snapchat satirist and now unmasked as the dancing Alien on The Masked Singer NZ, Tom Sainsbury is about to add another string to his bow: Comedian on the loose!

He’s hitting the road with his brand new show SNAPCHAT DUDE LIVE! and no stone will be unturned in his quest to poke fun at New Zillunders.

Famous for taking the Mickey out of politicians like Paula Bennett and Simon Bridges, as well as his parallel life as Gingerbread the cat, Tom will be plumbing the depths of our quirky culture.

So grab yourself some fush and chups, put some L&P in the chilly bin, say “yeah nah”, dress up fancy in your jandals and head out to see Tom in action when he come to a venue near you.


Songs at Sundown // Founders Cafe (Friday 19th November 2021)

Kick off your weekend at Founders Cafe.

Live music, delicious food, great drink selection and an all round relaxing night to set your weekend off right.

Keep an eye on our Facebook page for artist updates and Friday night specials.


The Great Christmas Market (Sunday 21st November 2021)

Welcome to 2021 and the 9th year of The Great Christmas Market!

We love this time of the year and we love sharing our festive market and all the gorgeous handmade gifts you and your loved ones will treasure.

Founders will yet again be gracing us with its beauty and charm hosting over 100 of the regions finest boutique makers. You'll find unique, handmade gifts for all of your loved ones this Christmas.

We've got stalls inside the Energy Centre, The Granary & outside as well. There will be plenty of top quality food options to intice the taste buds whilst shopping. If you fancy taking your time you could pack your own picnic or sit and relax at the infamous Founders Cafe and Brewery. We will have visiting buskers & choirs throughout the day to add to the atmosphere.

Founders has loads on offer for any non-shoppers in your group, Visit McCashin's Hop Garden for local award winning craft beer and cider straight. For the kids there's the fantastic play ground and the carefully curated historic buildings not to mention the kids zone.

We recommend you get your friends together, fill your wallet with cash (many of our stall holders wont have eftpos) & come with some great big market bags.

Buying handmade & NZ made has never been better...

$2 entry fee at the door, kids under 12 free

See you there!


Troy Kingi with Delaney Davidson – ‘Black Sea Golden Ladder’ (Sunday 21st November 2021)

Troy Kingi‘s fifth instalment ‘Black Sea Golden Ladder’, in his 10 10 10 Series (10 albums in 10 years in 10 genres) was released earlier in the year.

A collaboration with award winning artist and producer Delaney Davidson, this album was written and recorded as part of the Matairangi Mahi Toi Artist Residency in Wellington – a partnership between the Governor General and Massey University that was established in 2016 to encourage and promote the development of Māori and Pasifika visual arts and creative practices.

Troy Kingi and Delaney Davidson will take to the road, playing the album live, in shows across the country.