This festival within the Festival is for makers, collectors and anyone keen to learn more about ceramics. Choose from exhibitions at more than a dozen dealer and public art galleries, take a late-night ‘crawl’ between venues, or attend a firing workshop. With a range of opportunities to appreciate and even acquire your own piece, Fired Up is a fantastic way to explore and celebrate New Zealand’s lively and diverse contemporary ceramics-making.

for more information see:

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Exhibition list

Dealer galleries:

Bowen Galleries

Raewyn Atkinson in the main gallery + Ann Verdcourt in the window in association with Masterworks

Opening Saturday 22 February, 5pm - 11pm

Opening hours:

Mon, Tues, Wed and Fri 11 am to 5.00 pm

Thursday 11 to 7 pm

Saturday 11 to 4 pm

Sunday 11 to 3 pm

Jhana Millers Gallery

Glenn Barkley: Higher beings reveal mystic truths

Jaime Jenkins:

21 February — 14 March 2020

Opening Saturday 22 February 5-11pm

Opening hours: Wed-Fri, 12-5pm, Sat, 11-4pm

AVID Gallery

Bronwynne Cornish, Christine Thacker, Mark Mitchell, Nichola Shanley, Scott McFarlane, Star Gossage: 6

21 February — 15 March 2020

Opening Saturday 22 February, 6pm - 11pm

Opening hours:

Tues – Fri 10am-6pm

Sat – 10am-4pm

Page Galleries

Paul Maseyk: Out of this World

13 Feb – 7 Mar

Opening 13 Feb, 5.30pm

Hours: Mon – Fri 10am – 5.30pm; Sat 10am – 4pm

Bartley + Company Art

Tracy Keith: Whenua

19 February - 14 March, 2020

Opening 5.30-7.30 Wed 19 Feb

open 11am-5.30pm Wed - Fri, 11am - 4pm Sat or by appointment

{Suite} Art Gallery

Angela Singer: Pausing between two leaves of a half-shut door

20 February - 15 March

Opening Saturday 22 February, 5pm - 11pm

Opening hours:

Tue - Fri 11 - 6, Sat 11 - 4


Renee So: Figurines

22 Feb – 14 Mar 2020

Wednesday — Friday 11am — 5pm

Saturday 11am — 3pm

Hamish McKay

Jake Walker

21 February - 15 March

Opening 5.30pm Friday 21st

Gallery Hours:

Wednesday - Saturday 11am - 5pm

McLeavey Gallery, with Anna Miles Gallery and The National

Madeleine Child, Peter Hawkesby, Cheryl Lucas, Richard Stratton: Professor Tick & Company

Opens Wednesday 19 February 5.30pm

Opening hours:

Wednesday–Friday 11–5,

Saturday 11–4,

Precinct 35

Maia McDonald: Whakanoa

Opening: Friday 21 February, 5:30 pm

Monday—Thursday 10—5

Friday 10—5

Saturday 10—5

Sunday 11—4

Public galleries:

Pātaka Art + Museum

Works for the collection of Pātaka Art + Museum by Nga Kaihanga Uku and beyond

An exhibition of the most outstanding ceramics from Pātaka’s collection, highlighting works by the founding members of the Ngā Kaihanga Uku - Māori Clay artists group:

Manos Nathan, Colleen Waata Urlich, Baye Riddell, Wi Taepa and Paerau Corneal

20 February — 15 March 2020

The Dowse Art Museum, Lower Hutt

Dirty Ceramics

26 Oct 2019 – 15 Mar 2020

This exhibition brings together a group of rule breakers, whose organic constructions expand ideas of ceramics beyond the objects we use every day

Blue Black, Jaime Jenkins, Jake Walker, Jim Cooper, Laurie Steer, Madeleine Child, Peter Hawkesby, Tracey Keith and Virginia Leonard

Toi Māori Gallery, Wellington

Ara Mai Nuku: Rise up from the Earth

An exhibition of Māori ceramic art featuring new work from Ngā Kaihanga Uku Māori Clay Artists Collective

Curated by Dorothy Waetford

21 February — 15 March 2020

Te Auaha Gallery, Wellington

The Backbone of Things

International show, curated by Glenn Barkley

22 February — 14 March 2020


To be held at Prefab on Monday 24 February, programme attached


Tours of public gallery ceramic collections:

Thursday 27 February, The Dowse Art Museum

Thursday 5 March, Te Papa Tongarewa

Thursday 12 March, Pataka Art + Museum

Walking tours of the Wellington galleries will be run by ArtExplore and Frances Crombie over the festival period.



Avid Gallery

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Bartley + Company Art


Bowen Galleries


Hamish McKay Gallery


Jhana Millers Gallery


Mossman Gallery


McLeavey Gallery


Page Gallery



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