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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 03 479 8868. Limit of 10 people per tour. Tour starts at Hocken reception

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Upcoming talks

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Current exhibitions

Joe L'Estrange Painter

Painting of purple flowers by Joe L'Estrange image
Joe L’Estrange, Blue Garden, 2017–2018, acrylic on board, 600×450mm, Hocken Collections, Uare Taoka o Hākena, V2019.12.1. Purchased from Brett McDowell Gallery, Dunedin 2019 with Hocken Endowment Funds.

5 November 2022 to 25 February 2023

The Hocken is pleased to present the exhibition Joe L'Estrange Painter, opening Saturday 5 November, which brings together over 40 works by the Ōtepoti-based artist for her first major show at a public art gallery.

Works have been sourced from private collections across the country, as well as the Hocken's L'Estrange collection that has grown recently with gifts from several generous benefactors.

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Upcoming exhibitions

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