50/fifty: 50 Years of Aratoi Exhibition

The fifty/fifty 50 Years of Aratoi exhibition

Aratoi celebrates 50 years of collecting with an exhibition, public events, an education programme and publication.

With more than 3000 items to choose from, this exhibition reflects highlights, significant events and the many gifts received, that have helped form the Aratoi Collection. 

From the obvious, such as work by Colin McCahon, Robin White and Barbara Hepworth, to the less obvious: an 1869 ship’s biscuit with a tale to tell; from Taonga Māori to botanical sketches and contemporary art to photographs of early settlement, there will be some surprises as items never shown before emerge into the light.

Exhibition Opening: Friday 16 August 5.30pm

Public Talk: Saturday 17 August 11am – with Director Susanna Shadbolt & Collection Manager Bronwyn Reid

Free Public Floortalks: Every second Sunday from 1 September at 2pm

  • 1 Sept         The 1970s – Luit Bieringa, Director National Art Gallery (1979-89)
  • 15 Sept       The 1980s – Barbara Roydhouse, Chair of Aratoi Regional Trust
  • 29 Sept        The 1990s – Bob Francis QSO MBE, Mayor of Masterton (1986-2007)
  • 13 Oct         The 2000s – Richard Arlidge, former Aratoi Director
  • 27 Oct         The 2010s – Dame Robin White, Honorary Patron of Aratoi

Learn more about Aratoi - Wairarapa Museum of Art & History here

Aratoi - Wairarapa Museum of Art & History
Cnr Bruce and Dixon St, Masterton
Open 7 days from 10.00am – 4.00pm everyday
Admission by gold coin donation