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As part of the Auckland Festival of Photography, 'The Impossible Garden' - an exhibition of richly decorative floral still lifes by Auckland photographer Emma Bass will feature in the grand, 1870s ballroom at historic Alberton. Blurring the boundaries between photography, painting and collage, the works examine the beauty of nature, with photographed prints of 17th century Dutch and Flemish examples as a starting point.
Visit Highwic during our Coal Range Cooking days and see, smell and taste cooking being done on our authentic Victorian coal range.
Find 12 LEGO® Minifigures hidden in Highwic, using your picture guide book as you explore the house to find the LEGO® Minifigures hidden in super tricky places. There are LEGO® prizes for two lucky children who complete their guide book and tell us where the LEGO® Minifigures are hidden. There is one special prize for finding the three Highwic staff represented by LEGO® Minifigures.
Visit Highwic and step back in time as try your hand at making something scrummy that will be baked on our authentic Victorian coal range in our 1863 kitchen. While your baking is in the oven, enjoy looking around the house, following one of our house hunts - the Great LEGO® Minifigure House Hunt or make a Peg Bunny. Afterwards enjoy your tasty treat as you look around our award winning gardens.
Space is limited (6 children per session) so booking is essential. Two sessions to choose from.
Currently adorning the ballroom at Alberton as part of the exhibition 'The Impossible Garden', are richly decorative artworks by Mt Eden artist Emma Bass - a celebration of colour and life-affirming natural abundance! Inspired by 17th century Dutch and Flemish floral still lives and the joyousness of Matisse, they 'explore beauty though a manipulated lens'. Blurring the boundaries between photography, painting and collage, they beguile the viewer with their illusory, impossible perfection.
Come along for this Talk & Tea when Emma will be joined by special guest - decorative arts curator, former director of Te Toi Uku: Crown Lynn Museum and ceramics aficionado, Finn McCahon Jones, who will talk about some of the vases in Emma’s collection, which are a major source of inspiration in her signature floral portrait photographs.
Emma Bass is represented by Artis Gallery, Auckland.
In Alberton's historic ballroom, surrounded by a display of abundant floral still-lives by artist Emma Bass as part of the exhibition 'The Impossible Garden', drift into reverie in this enchanting one-off concert hosted by classical duo Heartstrings. Performers Natarani & Sasha Witten-Hannah present a musical journey into diverse lands and times. Let the velvety resonance of the cello and the warmth of the classical guitar, transport you to faraway places and Mediterranean climes!
This light, one hour concert in the style of a Victorian parlour soirée will be a potpourri of melody, featuring waltzes, music by Handel & Bach, Spanish guitar pieces, 19th century gems by Saint Saens and Elgar, Celtic dances and more, interspersed with snippets of poetry and stories. Heartstrings children Sofia (violin) and Theo (cello) will join their parents for a few pieces.
Tickets include drinks & canapes served before the show and entry to explore the house.