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Wormhole @ Whakatāne Sunday Market
Sunday 4 February

8am - 1pm

Find our stall at Mitchell Park! A range of Wormhole goods will be available for purchase, including art publications, t-shirts, pottery, Patches for Palestine, and more! Cash or online bank transfer (if you have data).


Do stop by and say hello, it would be lovely to see you again :-)

Weather note: If it's rainy, we're likely to withdraw from the market so our books don't get wet. Check our instagram stories for confirmation/cancellation on Sunday morning if you're unsure.


October & November

Closing Down Garage Sale
Saturday 18 November

9am - 2pm

Help us downsize before we move out! Furniture, art supplies, and more. Cash or bank transfer only.

Blood and Bone

Tania Gibson, Ati Teepa, Te Kīra Whakamoe

18 October - 11 November 2023

Closing Event
Saturday 11 November

1pm - 2pm

Drop in to say goodbye to Blood and Bone, reflect with artist Te Kīra and, if you wish, take some oneone (soil) from RUA HINE AHU ONE with you. Please bring your own small container for oneone.

Exhibition Opening
Wednesday 18 October

From 6pm

Join us to celebrate Blood and Bone. This is a special opening as it will be our last one in this space. All three artists will be present on the night. They will opening the show with poetry, performance and an artist talk at 6pm. Food and social times will follow.

All welcome - but please note that the exhibition contains nudity and strong language. We trust you to know yourself and your whānau, and exercise viewer discretion!


Hope to see you there :-)

September & October

IA: Te Ia o Te Awa

Zena Elliott

27 September - 7 October 2023

Mural Project

Postponed to Wednesday 4 - Friday 6 October

9am - 12pm

Help artist Zena Elliott paint a mural on the concrete bollards outside Riverslea Mall (near the Rata Ave carpark). We'll be using Zena's signature masking techniques to create the mural.


Drop by to lend a hand, or just hang out and watch the mural unfold. All ages and skill levels welcome.


We'll have some old t-shirts and aprons available but it might be a good idea to come dressed for potential mess! If you have any questions, email Jordan at

Exhibition Closing and Mural Celebration
Saturday 7 October

12pm - 1pm

Join us near the freshly painted mural (or in the gallery if it's raining) for a potluck lunch. Please bring along some food to share.

All welcome - bring your special people :-)

June & July

Whakaahua: Now I sit as Pounamu on Papatūānuku

Tia Barrett & Israel Randell

28 June - 22 July 2023

Tapa Open Studio

Wednesday 5 July 

12pm - 4pm

Come and hang out with Israel at Wormhole as she beats some new tapa. No bookings required, just drop in.

Draw Your Dream
Wednesday 12 July

3pm - 4pm

Drop in and dedicate a drawing to Hiwa-I-Te-Rangi for Matariki. Think about an aspiration or an action you want to work towards in the new year and draw it. If you like, turn your drawing into a necklace or a badge so you can wear it as a fun reminder.

All ages welcome (kids and adults alike). Guardians, please stay with young kids while they complete the activity. No bookings required, just be aware we have a limited number of chairs (you may have to wait a little while depending on demand).  

Kai with the Artists
Wednesday 19 July

5pm - 6:30pm

Join us at Wormhole for some kai! Celebrate the final week of the exhibition, talk with friends, and meet the artists.

All welcome - bring your special people.


E moko, come home

Tessa Russell

3 May - 3 June 2023

Opening Celebration

Friday 5 May

5:30pm - 6:30pm

Celebrate the new exhibition with us. Enjoy some hot soup, catch up with mates, and relax in front of Tessa's video projection.

All welcome - come and hang out!

Workshop: A place to rest
Friday 19 May

5:30pm - 6:30pm

Reflect on Tessa's questions - How do you feel when you are home? What calls you home? - and create your own artwork using words and second-hand pillowcases.

Please email to book a spot. 

Gold coin donation appreciated to cover material costs.

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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