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What's On

March & April

Tender Webs

Xin Cheng, Zoe Thompson-Moore, Georgina May Young

15 March - 15 April 2023

Opening Event

Wednesday 15 March

5:30pm - 6:30pm

Celebrate our new exhibition and use your hands…


Help us hang up herbs from local gardens in the gallery rafters, then brew a hot drink with the greenery on offer. Feel free to bring edible clippings from your own garden to add to the tea area.

All welcome - come and hang out!

Garden Stories
Ongoing for duration of exhibition

Add your garden story to the exhibition when you visit (or if you live far away, email it to It could be in the form of a drawing, a map, a list, an observation, a handy hint, a photograph, a moment of connection... or anything else linked to a garden you like to spend time in.

The collection of stories will grow and be available to browse during the exhibition.

Brew Your Own Herby Tea
Ongoing for duration of exhibition

Leaf through the herbal plants hanging in the rafters, make your own hot drink mixture, steep it, and sip.

You are welcome to bring along safe-to-consume herbal clippings to add to the communal tea area if you wish.


December & January

Summer Cave

Wormhole is offering a festive season rescue remedy. Drop in, take a seat, and make yourself a cuppa if you like :-)

While you're here, browse the mini art library, which features publications and ephemera from exciting projects, galleries, and artists we've collected over the years.

The IRL wormhole shop has had a few new additions recently (these will slowly drift over to the web shop too). Wormhole now carries locally made pottery, Kauae Raro bandanas, and a new batch of publications including ATE Journal of Māori Art and Mana Whenua.

PLUS if you're in need of a fresh greeting card, put a coin in the Xmas Card Machine and see what happens...

Hope to see you soon x


Pollen in the Trough

Rebecca Hawkes, Sarah Hudson, Madison Kelly

12 October - 12 November

Poetry Night

NEW DATE: Friday 11 November 

Doors open 5:30pm; Poetry from 6pm - 7pm

Wormhole's studio will be transformed for this performative poetry night! Read your own short poem aloud or share a favourite by someone else. Dramatic lighting, costumes, props, and a slightly spooky country soundtrack provided. Dress ups encouraged :-)


Suitable for adults. Light refreshments provided. We need an audience, please come along!

+ + + Performers, please sign up early to help us with the set list! Text 027 3048 052 or email with queries/to register.

Cheesy Closing

Saturday 12 November / 12pm - 2pm

Come and celebrate the end of Pollen in the Trough. Cheesecake, cheese, crackers, tea, and coffee provided. Bring something "farmed or foraged" to contribute if you like :-)

All welcome, bring a plate optional. Drop in for a bite and bid the artworks farewell.



An exhibition by Zena Elliott and Tina Tangiweto

9 July - 20 August

Whānau Mahitoi Day

Saturday 13 August 10am-2pm

Join artists Zena and Tina in the Wormhole studio! Come along to see artworks in progress, get to know the artists, and have a go with the tools and materials used in our current exhibition Āniwaniwa.

This is a free, drop-in event suitable for all ages - kids, teens, adults, grandparents... bring the whole whānau! If you are bringing a big group, let us know in advance if possible. Caregivers, please accompany under 10s. Mask wearing encouraged.



An exhibition by Zena Elliott and Tina Tangiweto

9 July - 20 August

Mailbox Challenge at Edgecumbe Bluelight

Monday 18 July 9am-3pm

Bluelight school holiday programme.

Mailbox Challenge - pick up a box

Week 2 school holidays

Collect a cardboard box and a form from the gallery during open hours, take it home, and create a fantastic mailbox for your bedroom! Plus, there's the option of displaying it in Riverslea Mall!

Mailbox Challenge at Wormhole

Wednesday 20 and Thursday 21 July 10am-2pm 

Kathe from EDIT will be running these free drop-in sessions in our studio. Paint a fantastic mailbox for your bedroom, with the option of displaying it in Riverslea Mall!


All materials provided, thanks to Resene and EDIT (Edgecumbe Development and Improvement Team).


Under 10s need to be accompanied by a caregiver. We might get messy, so please wear old clothes!


you'd be home by now

An exhibition by Casey Carsel

14 May - 25 June

Wormhole Dye Workshop at Te Kōputu

Tuesday 14 June 2pm-3pm

Drop in and paint with plant dyes on paper at Te Kōputu (Whakatāne Library). Add simple acidity modifiers and watch your picture change colour!

Suitable for all ages. Caregivers and Kaitiaki, please accompany little ones. Free to attend. Drop in. Please wear a mask. 

We will be using dyes so please dress with this in mind.


Sewing Circle

Every Wednesday in June 12pm-2pm 

BYO handcrafts to Wormhole - mending, embroidery, knitting, crochet - and stitch in the company of others.

Free to attend. Drop in. Please wear a mask.


Riverslea Mall Matariki Market

Friday 24 June 4pm-8pm 

We'll be closed during the day, but will open for this market in the  evening. Stop in at Wormhole to help us with a collaborative Matariki window painting. Pick up some fun family art kits and merch while you're here :-)

Free to attend. Please wear a mask.

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