Events and Exhibitions Ngā Huinga, Whakakītenga

Enjoy the following events in the very special atmosphere provided by Alberton.

  • The Collector's Cabinet: Depression Glass 01/04/2017 - 25/06/2017

    Green glass

    On display in the Ballroom cabinet at Alberton is a striking selection of green Depression Glass from the collection of Auckland Art Deco enthusiast, Sue Olsen. The 1920s and 30s saw the introduction of machine-made, transparent glassware in the USA and Canada referred to as 'Depression Glass' for the era that gave rise to it. Since the 1960s, Depression Glass has been highly collectible and is now scarce in the open market.

    The small display presents an insight into the array of pieces produced, from tableware to elegant vanity sets, ornaments and decorative vases modelled on expensive designer pieces. There are also some examples of uranium glass which glow under ultra violet light. Sue’s collection comprises of over 900 items - learn more in a public talk on 7 May. 

  • Introduction to Natural Soap-making 13/05/2017 - 14/05/2017

    Victorian soap

    This hands-on class provides a detailed introduction to soap making techniques that will equip you with the skills to make your own beautifully scented, natural products. Led by soap-maker extraordinaire Mel Hurst you will assist in making milk & roses bar soap, vanilla olive oil soap as well as learning how to create other skincare products in the ambient setting of Alberton's Victorian ballroom. 

    Falling on Mother's Day weekend, (one class each day on Saturday and Sunday) this experience provides the chance to spend time with mum in the historical setting of this beautiful 1863 homestead and would make a lovely gift.

  • Paper House 03/06/2017 - 25/06/2017

    Paper house

    Created for the Auckland Festival of Photography 2017 by Max Irving-Lamb and Jessica O’Reilly, the Paper House is a large-scale, wire frame installation situated in the ballroom of historic Alberton. Its walls are made of paper - 1863 scrolled images on the theme 'A Piece of Home' by artists and the public.

    The house is the literal structure; home is the subjective content that the images by these diverse contributors bring to it. Viewers/participants enter the structure and choose a photo to take away so that gradually the house loses its form over the duration of the exhibition.