Events and Exhibitions Ngā Huinga, Whakakītenga

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

  • The Impossible Garden 30/05/2020 - 30/08/2020

    Ode to Balthazar Van Der Ast

    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.

  • Talk & Tea with Emma Bass & Finn McCahon Jones 01/08/2020

    Emma Bass and Finn McCahon Jones

    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.

  • Reverie in the Garden: A Musical Soirée 23/08/2020


    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.