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Exhibitions and events

Regular tours at the Hocken

A rear view: Behind the scenes tours

Every Thursday at 11am (tours are 50 minutes)

Join one of our friendly guides and learn about the Hocken. Check out the amazing materials in our archives, ephemera, maps, music/AV, photographs, pictures and published collections. Bookings not required. Limit of 10 people per tour. Tour starts at Hocken reception.

What’s in store? Art! – not currently offered

First Saturday of each month at 11am-12pm

Did you know that the Hocken has one of this country’s most important collections of modern and historic New Zealand art including works by leading artists such as Rita Angus, Ralph Hotere, Robin White and Colin McCahon? Hocken staff will take you into the pictures store-rooms to see some of these art treasures.

Bookings are required:
Tel +64 3 479 8868

Limit of 10 people per tour. Tour starts at Hocken reception

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Upcoming talks

Saturday 8 July 2023

1–2pm at the Hocken

Please join us for an informal forum-style discussion about the ‘Nirun’ exhibition with artist Sorawit Songsataya, Hocken Art Curator Hope Wilson, and ‘Nirun’ publication contributors Hanahiva Rose, Moewai Marsh, Madison Kelly and Robyn Maree Pickens.

Saturday 12 August 2023

11am at the Hocken

Meet artist Bev Moon and join us for an art-making activity, inspired by her work in the ‘Fortune’ exhibition.


For further details about these events, contact:

Hope Wilson
Hocken Curator Art
Tel +64 3 479 9020

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Current exhibitions


Three Oamaru limestone sculptures image
Digital rendering of scanned foraminifera specimens, 2023. Image courtesy of the artist.

Sorawit Songsataya

Saturday 18 March – Saturday 15 July 2023.

Taking its title from the Thai word for eternal, Nirun explores (im)permanence, motion, the cyclical and the accumulative nature of ‘home’ at varying scales. Shaped by the richness within Te Waipounamu, the exhibition includes a series of Ōamaru limestone sculptures, prints, films and LED animations that investigate our relationships to place, distance and people.

Sorawit Songsataya was the 2022 Frances Hodgkins Fellow.

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