Education for 2024

Aratoi FREE Education Programmes

Aratoi's education programmes connect students with the past, present and future through stories, taonga and objects from our community and the wider world. Sessions run on Wednesdays and Fridays during term time.  All programmes are multi-level and align with the New Zealand curriculum. Education sessions run for 90 minutes, including a gallery tour and creative activity. Sessions are FREE of charge with all materials provided - Transportation is not included. Bookings must be submitted/approved at least two weeks before attending.


Term One - Interconnectivity

Programme: 6 March- 12th of April.

Term One explores the concept of  - interconnectivity - which underpins many of Aratoi's summer exhibits. Students engage with the bodily senses of touch, sight and sound as they tour the gallery and embrace the unknown to create interconnected artworks. Creative activities focus on expanded drawing practices, featuring two-dimensional and three-dimensional mark-making skills. Sessions are designed to boost creative confidence, introduce contemporary art vocabulary, and relax preconceived ideas of art being "good/bad".  

Bookings by Email: [email protected] 

Bookings by Phone: 0274104985

Address: 12 Bruce Street, City Centre, Masterton. 5810


Term Two - Pastimes

Programme: 15 May - 7 July 2024

Aratoi is taking a trip down memory lane to celebrate the PASTIMES exhibit (1st June - 8th September), featuring toys and games from the last 150 years. This exhibit investigates why toy soldiers are now made from plastic - not lead, the rise and fall of fad toys, why Tetris theory is used in psychology, how Pokemon helped people get active, and the Star Wars toy revolution.

Aratoi Education will be exploring the traditions of pop-up storytelling, featuring childhood tales from Māori(Matariki), European, Polynesian and Indian cultures. Students will be introduced to a range of paper-based engineering techniques including pop-ups, cam-shafts, pneumatic lifts and LED's. Students will then apply one of those techniques to a creativity literacy project of their own. 

NB: Please be aware that the official PASTIMES exhibit does not open until the 1st of June. Education sessions before this date will experience the PASTIMES education program - ahead of the exhibition - with greater emphasis placed on Matariki 2024.

Bookings by Email: [email protected] 

Bookings by Phone: 0274104985

Address: 12 Bruce Street, City Centre, Masterton. 5810


BREADCRAFT - Schools Art Exhibition 2024

Aratoi’s annual Breadcraft Wairarapa Schools Art Exhibition has been running since the 1980s, making it our longest annual exhibition at Aratoi! This exhibition showcases the best artwork produced in the region’s schools. Exhibited artworks are selected by a panel of Wairarapa artists and educators. We encourage all Wairarapa schools to get behind this event to ensure its ongoing success, and to celebrate the talent and hard work of our tamariki.

Artwork Submissions: Tuesday 23rd July - Friday 26th July (Opening hours: 10 am - 4 pm) 

Artwork Registration:

Exhibition Opening: Saturday 14th September  - 11 AM

Exhibition dates: 14th September - 10th November 2024

Entry Requirements: 

  • Artwork by Wairarapa students only.
  • One piece of artwork per student.
  • Artwork created between Term 4, 2023 and Term 3, 2024. 
  • Artwork must be registered online by the lead teacher (please see the link above).
  • All artwork must be labelled on the rear with the student's name, age, school, and the materials used. (Unidentified work cannot be selected)
  • Number of works: 20 – 50 per school.
  • Artwork sizing: A4, A3 or A2 in size - unmounted.
  • Sculptural and digital artworks are welcome.

Judges selection: Monday 28th July

If you require further information, please do not hesitate to contact us by phone: 06 370 0001 or email: [email protected]


Education programmes are kindly supported by 

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