New Gallery opens in Kati Kati


Last Saturday  Birgitt Shannon, Kati Kati artist and video journalist attended the opening of a new Gallery in Kati Kati.   Waterford Gallery is owned by talented local artist Julia Faulkner.

Kati Kati artist and Waterford Gallery Director Julia Faulkner

Here’s a video of a chat I had with Julia where she shows us some of her work and the work of four artists who are showing their work at Waterford Gallery during its first opening month. If you would like to exhibit at the Waterford Gallery you can contact Julia at 021 0279 4838.  Contact details for Julia Faulkner, Gallery Director and the Waterford Gallery, Kati Kati are at the conclusion of this article.       

 More exciting news for Katikati is the opening of another gallery…the Carlton Gallery will be part of The Arts Junction building which was the old library and service centre in the middle of town.

The Carlton Gallery will open on 15th September 2018 at 10am with its inaugural exhibition being “Around Kati Kati” – this will be a fantastic exhibition with many local artists involved creating circular works with Kati Kati as the theme.  Contact details for the Carlton Gallery are at the conclusion of this article.

The new arts and creative hub in Kati Kati  and The Carlton Gallery


Respected artist Eldred Wisdom at Harry Maddox Jewellers

Starting on the 17th September and finishing on the 29th September we also have an exhibition ‘Recent Works’ by Eldred Wisdom at HARRY MADDOX JEWELLERS, 18 Main Road, Kati Kati

An example of the abstract and minimalist work of Wisdom

Bespoke jewellers and boutique gallery space Harry Maddox Jewellers Kati Kati



Address:   Cnr Waterford Road (SH2) & Hyde Street, Katikati

Hours:      Tues – Sun 9am-5:00pm

Phone:       021 0279 4838

Instagram: jf_artist13 


Address: 36 Main Road, Katikati

Hours:     Mon-Fri 9am-4pm   Sat & Sun 10am-2pm

For information about exhibiting please contact

Kath McConnachie 07 218 0437

Jenny Childerhouse 027 426 9015


Address:   18 Main Road, Katikati

Hours:      Mon-Fri 9am-4:30pm     Sat 9am-1pm

Phone:      07-549 2592

Birgitt Shannon:  Text and images and video journalism by Birgitt Shannon.   Kati Kati based artist Birgitt Shannon is a regular contributor to ARTbop.  Birgitt is also the principal Event Organiser of the Affordable Art & Artisan Fair at the Black Sheep Whakamarama – a collaborative community not for profit venture by ARTbop and the Black Sheep. Birgitt creates a monthly YouTube interview series with the Fair participants:  Art by Birgitt YouTube.  On her channel you’ll find images of her work, interviews with local creatives and projects Birgitt has been invited to be involved with.  You can also see Birgitt’s work online and at the AAAFair on the last Sunday of every month.




Birgitt hard at work cutting additional stencils for the AAAFair road signs

Don’t miss Birgitt’s other recent Kati Kati focused article about the forthcoming exhibition by the respected New Zealand artist Eldred Wisdom

The wonderful work of Eldred Wisdom

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