The Decorative and Applied Arts Collection contains almost 3,000 items of ceramics, glass, furniture, metalwork and jewellery.
The collection includes New Zealand and international decorative art objects dating largely from the 18th century through to the present day. Much of the collection is domestic in scale, reflecting the types of decorative art and design objects that came to occupy New Zealand homes over the past 150 years.
The Decorative and Applied Arts Collection includes ceremonial silver and metalwork from the late 19th century, including the distinctive trophy collection of the Spit Volunteer Fire Brigade (Napier). There are also examples of locally-made arts and crafts period metalwork, pottery and wood carving, including rare examples by Elizabeth Matheson of Havelock North.
There are good examples of international pottery and porcelain, largely from British sources including works of the Art Deco and Modernist periods. These include works by Clarice Cliff, Dame Laura Knight and Keith Murray. Ceramics from the archive of modernist designer Frank Carpay are housed within this collection, which also includes significant holdings of New Zealand studio ceramics from the interwar period through until the late 20th century.
Glass holdings range from domestic items of the Victorian period through to an excellent collection of New Zealand studio glass donated by the glass artist James Walker. Also included are examples of New Zealand jewellery from the contemporary period, including work by Warwick Freeman and Jane Dodd. The collection features key examples of New Zealand furniture design from the mid- to late 20th century, including the chairs designed for Napier’s Nicholson Chapel by Garth Chester and an early example of David Trubridge’s breakthrough design Body Raft. The Decorative Arts Collection also contains holdings of Asian decorative arts, including porcelain and carving.
We offer an all purpose built venue that uniquely combines spectacular outlooks with functional layout.
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strive to Inspire, Educate and Entertain by providing access to information through various resources within our Libraries. We aim to provide more than you expect.
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Nowhere else in New Zealand will you discover a wider range of marine animals and native species in a single facility than at the National Aquarium of New Zealand.
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Unique Art Deco heritage has been preserved with the skilful addition of modern theatre facilities making it the best provincial performing arts centre in the nation.
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The Faraday Centre in Napier, is Hawke's Bay's Museum of Technology. It's a place of discovery where history comes alive through hands on experience.
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Located on Marine Parade, Napier, is the Bay Skate Park - home to skateboarding, BMX, roller derby, inline hockey and scootering.
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For Napier City residents and citizens to have easy access to see what council are currently working on, completed, what they do, facilities, and council information.
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Located in the Art Deco city of Napier. We have worked closely with our builders to promote and develop high quality housing within an open-aspect environment.
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Situated in the centre of Napier, in the middle of Onekawa Park, the Napier Aquatic Centre is a safe and affordable aquatic facility for everyone.
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We are Hawkes Bay's premier holiday accommodation park providing an array of facilities to keep the entire family entertained.
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Come to Par2 MiniGolf and meet Seamore the Seagull at our sea-side minigolf courses. Challenge your friends and family for a round.
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Visit the Napier i-SITE to find out more about what is happening in Hawkes Bay, from events, activities and accommodation.
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Build on the blossoming national and international interest in William Colenso's life and ideas as the result of the William Colenso Bicentenary Celebrations in Hawke's Bay in 2011, and a body of new publications and research.
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