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As a Friend of Waikato Museum you will receive invites to exclusive events and exhibition previews.

Upcoming Friends' events

Friday 22 June 5.30pm – preview of the exhibition Ida Carey: A Contemporary Viewing.

Ida Harriet Carey (1891-1982) was a significant figure in the Waikato art scene. She spent the majority of her working career based in Hamilton and in 1934 was instrumental in initiating the formation of the Waikato Arts Society. Carey is often remembered for the numerous late-career portraits she painted of Māori women with moko. However, Carey’s oeuvre is much larger than just these paintings, and this exhibition explores the many other subjects she painted over her long career, both at home and abroad. Each work in the exhibition is exhibited alongside a companion piece made by other New Zealand women artists. These comparative works position Carey within New Zealand’s art history and give a greater understanding of Carey’s work. With the 2018 Suffrage125 commemoration this year, it is timely to acknowledge Carey’s contribution to the Waikato, and in turn New Zealand’s art history.

Wednesday 4 July 5.30pm – preview of the exhibition Be Persuaded: The Jane Austen Experience

To mark the 200th anniversary of her death, Dressing Australia Museum of Costume has designed a rare and wonderful exhibition bringing Jane Austen to life in original fashion of the era. Be Persuaded follows Jane’s life – and the unforgettable characters she created – from growing up in the 18th century, into the era most associated with her – the Regency era at the beginning of the 19th century. Be Persuaded features rare fashion, accessories and ephemera from the 18th century when Jane was born, through to the 1840s when Jane’s beloved sister Cassandra died. Pieces such as these are rarely on display outside of major museums – an 18th century silk gown, diaphanous Empire line frocks, spencers, capes and shawls, boots, pumps and stockings, bonnets and parasols. Gowns of the 1820s and 1840s. A wonderful collection of astutely observed hand painted watercolours tracking fashions from the 1790s to 1830. A rare collection of original bills and promissory notes revealing the 18th century lady’s dealings with the tradespeople who catered to her cosmetic, fashion and finance needs. An indenture revealing the life of an 18th century silk weaver’s apprentice. Toys Jane Austen and her nephews and nieces might have played with. Jane Austen is famous yet imperfectly known. Be Persuaded brings her a little closer.

Invitations will be sent nearer the time.

Tuesday 21 August, 10.30am

Coffee Morning with Marilyn Rea-Menzies, tapestry, weaving, drawing and photography artist. This is a precursor to Marilyn’s exhibition at the Wallace Gallery, Morrinsville from October 6-28.

Thursday 27 September, 5.30pm – preview of Gary Tricker Exhibition

Since 1976 Gary Tricker has worked as a full-time printmaker. He is known internationally for his whimsical, semi-abstract, slightly surreal images that possess an entertainment value akin to well -known lyric tales.

Invitations will be sent nearer the time.


Annual Dinner. Date to be confirmed. This year the committee has decided this will be an evening soiree with a keynote speaker, rather than a sit-down dinner.

Wednesday 21 November. 5.30pm

Evening Lecture by Rachel Griffiths-Hughes of the University of Waikato, Lecturer in Music History, Choral and Baroque Music. Topic: Musical Fireworks: music that caused social and political explosions