Devonport's Oldest Community Arts Event is Back April 5-7

Many locals will be able to reflect upon The Devonport Arts Festival with real fondness; as this community-led art event has been going since the 1950s. With a vision to inspire, delight, educate and engage locals and visitors in all art modalities, this year's festival supported by the Devonport-Takapuna Local Board, Harcourts Devonport and the Devonport Business Association will be doing exactly that. 

Designed to be different the event will feature a large and interactive art installation executed by spatial artists, Ruth Findlayson & Kirsten Newton of SPAEINBTWN. For the duration of the weekend, the oft-neglected reserve around the Band Rotunda and Devonport library will come to life with art, comedy, music, workshops, and more. 

Kicking off with a Friday after Five Twilight Party that will see art activities for the children, food trucks, free adult sketch classes, live music and fantastic art installations; Devonport's throwing one last hurrah before we set the clocks for winter. 

Paragon Matter Pop Up Exhibition @ The Old Post Office

Local art duo Jessica Pearless and Jonathan Organ of Paragon Matter are curating a fantastic collection of fine art and sculpture, turning the Post Office at 10 Victoria into a veritable art gallery. An evening preview on Friday 5th starts at 5pm, and there will be artist talks on both Saturday and Sunday at 2pm. 

The Book Quartet in Conversation with David Slack @ Devonport Library 1pm

Join three of the book quartet authors Hannah Tunnicliffe, Karen Breen, and Karen McMillan as they discuss "The creative path; twists in the road,' and share their knowledge of writing and publishing with David Slack. This is a free event. Saturday 6 April, 1-2pm. 

Absolutely Abstract@ Flagstaff Gallery

Flagstaff Gallery is holding a special abstract exhibition to coincide with the Devonport Arts Festival.  7 female artists are specially producing work for this exhibition: Absolutely Abstract.
Additionally, local Devonport artist Janet Mazenier will be painting in the Gallery during the Festival, allowing people to talk to her while she paints, and follow the progress of the painting as it evolves. (Fri/Sat/Sun - 3-5pm) 


Beach Tagging with David Hilliam @ Devonport Beach 2pm


Known for his iconic beach art, David will be down at Devonport Beach 2pm on Saturday. Bring your rakes and sticks, or pick up one of ours, and learn how to make beautiful shapes in sand. 

Great for the Kids @ Band Rotunda

We've got the kids covered the whole weekend of the Devonport Arts Festival with a fantastic range of child-friendly workshops and activations. These will be held in the library if it's wet:

Friday 5 April @ Band Rotunda

5-7pm: Trash to Art & Lantern Making 
5.30-6.30: Chocolate Lantern Theatre Bring Fantastic Puppets
5-9pm: Food Trucks, Picnic Zone, Live Music, Art Making

Saturday 6 April
  • 10am John Carr, Comedic Cartoonist: John will entertain and delight with a blend of story telling, comedy and cartooning. 
  • 11am: Village Song Flash Mob Choir
  • 1pm: Plate Spinning & Juggling Workshop
  • 2pm: Art Workshop with Sam Melser - Bring photos of your family and yourself
  • 2pm: Beach Tagging @ Devonport Beach
  • 3pm: Dance workshop for young and old with Devonport School of Dance
Sunday 7 April
  • 10am: The Superman & Supegirl Comedy Show
  • 11am: Al! The worlds leading banana manipulator Magician.

Songs from the Wonderfish Collection & Orchestra @ The Vic

A special performance by local musical group The Wonderfish Collection will showcase their original material before kicking it up a notch with ‘strings attached’. The singers and band will be joined by a 14-piece string orchestra drawn from the Devonport Chamber Orchestra and Auckland Symphony Orchestra.
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Have a go on the Wheel @ Ceramic College

Ever wanted to try your hand on the potter's wheel? Ceramic College, 159 Bayswater Road are offering a chance to get your hands dirty at their drop in session Saturday 6 April 12-2pm. 

Kaitiaki - Joe Kemp Sculpture Exhibition @ Art by the Sea

This collection of works depicts life, given from Tane Mahuta (The God of the Forest). Joe Kemp is a self-taught carver from the Bay of Plenty. Exhibition is on all weekend. See here for more

Jenni Stringleman Paints on the BNZ Building - The Devonport Art Trail

The Devonport Art Trail is an ever-growing collection of public art on walls, and is the Devonport Arts Festival Trust's legacy project. This year the team are delighted to have talented local artist Jenni Stringleman adding to the trail with a beautiful piece on the sie of the BNZ building, Victoria Road. We wish to give our thanks to all artists and property owners for bringing art into the public realm. Look for Jenni and say hi during the Devonport Arts Festival weekend. All materials are sponsored by Resene

Wind Up the Festival Weekend with The Lips @ The Vic, Sunday 5.30pm

The band playing the Kiwi classics and composing the original score for Daffodils support the film with a live performance from 5.30pm, followed by Daffodils the New Zealand Musical everyone is talking about right now, all packaged into a lovely Sunday afternoon. Tickets are $30 and cover the band performance, the movie and a drink of wine or beer or other concession item, such as gelato or ice cream or popcorn or coffee or juice.

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 See for full event details and get the dates in your diaries. The Devonport Arts Festival Trust gives thanks to the Devonport-Takapuna Local Board, The Devonport Business Association, Harcourts Devonport and Resene. 

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