Art at the Library

Westland Arts and the Westland District Library are collaborating to make a free exhibition space available.

Art at the Library is a small, nimble and flexible project that aims to provide exhibition space for interesting and innovative proposals. There are a lot of people doing a lot of unseen & interesting creative things in this area - it will be great to showcase some of them.

If you are interested in exhibiting or finding out more, please ask for information at the library desk, download the application form below or contact WAI.

Current exhibition: “Celebrating the Nooks and Crannies of Hokitika – the Seddon Building”

Artist: Janet Gawn

Technique: Mixed Media

Artist’s Statement:
These small nooks and crannies with their ‘parasitic life’ are part of the Seddon Building as it is now. The Seddon Building, just next door, was built in 1908 by the government to house the Lands and Survey Department and the both the Magistrates and Supreme Courts. Over the years it housed various government departments until sold in 1994. It was sold on several times but always remained empty. It was sold in 2020, to Heritage New Zealand, and will be restored. It gets its name from the statue of a former Prime Minister Richard John Seddon standing outside the front doors.

I always seem to notice the small places and believe that the small as much as the large make up a town. This is why I have focused on the small of the Seddon Building – the first in a series looking at Hokitika.

Fabric has long been my media of choice. I started with traditional patchwork and quilting and now enjoy the challenge of interpreting my environment, ideas and thought in fabric rather than other media.

These pieces include hand painted and hand dyed fabric as well as found and brought cottons and synthetics. Detail is added with machine stitching and hand stitching in embroidery threads. The bricks are painted and ‘crumpled’ paper.

All these works are for sale $130 each, direct from the artist. Please ask at the library reception desk for contact details of the artist.



Westland Arts Incorporated is a voluntary group of artists, creatives and supporters.  We like to make creative things happen in our community.

Our aims are:

  • To develop, promote and coordinate arts activities and participation in the arts in Westland in order to encourage enjoyment of the arts in Westland District
  • To develop and coordinate opportunities for arts education in Westland District in order to foster arts appreciation and excellence
  • To develop, support and strengthen the arts sector in Westland District as a viable economic activity

If you are interested in joining us or finding out more, get in touch! Email Janet Gawn / Kate Buckley at