Upcoming events

'Dealing With It' - A debut exhibition from Ruby Urquhart

The Rippon family has an enduring connection with New Zealand art, and is delighted to provide a contemporary art space for the local community. Curator Robyn Bardas MFA brings a fresh eye and contemporary edge to this exhibition.

From 1st June until 28th July, The Rippon Hall is excited to bring you ‘Dealing With It,’ a debut exhibition from Ruby Urquhart which paradoxically explores the absence of creativity.

Ruby Urquhart grew up in Wanaka and is now a Wellington-based artist. While studying at the Learning Connexion in 2012 and 2013, she established herself as a portraitist and has since branched out into sculpture, particularly in the movie industry. In her future work, she hopes to focus on painting as a way of exploring drag identifies and gender concepts.

Like many artists before her, Ruby’s creative work has suffered as a result of her mental health. Less of an artistic style and more of a coping mechanism, these works are a defense against the idea that if you don’t do something, you’ll lose yourself.

Rather than avoiding the world and spending hours questioning her self-worth, the works were a way of avoiding the world that is constructive instead of damaging. A record of a slow and methodical healing process. Through both the process of their creation and the context in which they were created, these meditative and repetitive drawings are tangible representations of the experience of time spent dealing with it.

Although the works are born out of challenging periods, as part of her healing process rather than a typical artistic practice, they have grown into something that gives an architectural impression of structure and stability.

Don’t miss this fascinating exhibition running 1st June – 28th July; 11 am – 5 pm daily at The Rippon Hall and be sure to join us for Ruby’s opening night at 5pm on the 1st June.


Yoga at Rippon with Kate Blyth - starting 8th June

Come shake off those Winter blues with Rippon yoga this June with Kate Blyth. Kate is a local Wanaka Yoga teacher. Her classes are an integrative style of hatha/vinyasa flow classes, with a focus on breath and alignment.

First Class Starting 8th June
9 – 10 am
$15 Class Rate
Gentle Hatha Flow Style – suitable for beginners

Please email kateblyth@gmail.com or visit www.facebook.com/kateblythyoga


Monty Bevins 'Lovers Again' Tour Hits the Rippon Hall Tuesday, 29th May

We are thrilled to welcome much loved kiwi troubadour Monty Bevins as he hits the road this May and June to celebrate the release of his new single Lovers Again. He’ll be playing The Rippon Hall on Tuesday, 29th May joined by Eccentric-folk musician Fraser Ross.

Known as a touching, spirited performer, whose soul-folk songs ask the big questions while telling the small stories, Bevins has built a loyal following throughout his homeland. With a warm rich voice and articulate guitar grooves, he digs out and distills themes of tenderness, personal revolution and adventure.

6:30 pm doors; music from 7:30 pm

Tickets available from Under The Radar

Press Enquiries: montygig@gmail.com / 027 465 9034


Jonathan Crayford - Steinway Tour at The Rippon Hall; 4th April, 2018

The Rippon Hall is thrilled to be one of the stops along this New Zealand tour featuring the creativity of pianist and composer Jonathan Crayford at the keys of an historic Steinway D Grand Piano. A musical experience normally reserved for audiences in large international cities.

Jonathan Crayford is an award-winning pianist, multi-instrumentalist and critically-acclaimed composer from New Zealand who began playing music at the age of 3. His work encompasses a wide variety of musical genres. As a musician in New York he has worked with Kurt Rosenwinkel, David Binney, Mambo Macoco, Groove Collective and in Europe with David Murray, Tony Allen, Questlove, Macy Gray, Bobby Carcasses (Cuba) and many others internationally. As a film composer he has scored numerous feature films, winning industry awards. His latest trio of albums gained critical acclaim with East West Moon receiving the 2017 Tui Award for Best Jazz album and its predecessor Dark Light called ‘a masterpiece’ by Radio NZ’s Simon Sweetman.

Known as a prolific and highly original compositional talent, Jonathan is responsible for many film soundtracks, albums, and bands. His work today spans many different genres and disciplines, in many different parts of the world, including Australasia, Europe, Brazil, Spain, America (particularly New York) and Cuba. Most recently he has been living in Paris and Spain, writing a film/opera and recording two albums of solo piano music in Spain and a trio album in New York. Now he has a new project – to tour New Zealand with a Steinway D Concert Grand Piano.

“There is a huge difference between a full-sized, concert grand in good condition and every other piano,” he explains. “The big ones make a huge sound and the balance of low frequency to high frequency is glorious, the tone, divine. When a pianist performs on an instrument that can deliver such a sound – the instrument inspires greatness, and in turn, the audience feel it.”

The piano is a 1955 full sized Steinway concert grand, signed by several concert pianists throughout its lifetime, including Lily Kraus, “a Hungarian specialist in Beethoven and Mozart who had endured a concentration camp and became a refugee before touring the world in the ‘30s and ‘40s. I believe she was quite a presence in NZ then, a lot of people remember her.”

“It will be a great pleasure for me to be able to perform on such a brilliant instrument to people all over New Zealand,” agrees Crayford. “We also have a wide range of venue type: A cement silo, a wine cave, a concert hall and various other types of spaces.”

“I’m going to play everything that’s been in my mind for the last 2 years since I came back to New Zealand to live close to my daughter and grand-daughter. I’ve studied a lot of music in this time and absorbed the sounds from trips to far-away places. When I sit down to play it will be to journey through all that I have seen and heard. In real terms – for the listener, apart from the emotional and spiritual content which can only reveal itself at the time, this means some Ravel, Bach, Ligeti, Monk, Ellington, Mingus, Mompou, Mario Bauza, Claire Fischer, Peter Gabriel, Lorca, and particularly anything that might come to mind at the time.”

Doors from 6:30 pm with music starting at 7:30 pm.

More info at www.facebook.com/SteinwayonTour and advanced tickets available via eventfinda.


Pages - An Exhibition by Rowan Holt, MFA

The Rippon family has an enduring connection with New Zealand art, and is delighted to provide a contemporary art space for the local community. Curator Robyn Bardas MFA brings a fresh eye and contemporary edge to this exhibition.

From 16th February through to 16th March, The Rippon Hall is excited to bring you ‘Pages,’ new work from Fashion and textile artist Rowan Holt. Holt has been involved with textiles and architecture her whole life, having been immersed in these skills since a baby learning from her parents and grandparents. Holt’s textile pieces range across a wide variety of scale, materials and processes from fine needlepoint, weaving to architectural size works.

Holt holds a Master of Fine Art with Merit endorsement from the Otago Polytechnic, as well as numerous other qualifications including studies in jewellery, sculpture, photography and is a registered secondary school art teacher.

She has appeared in many exhibitions throughout New Zealand and has also recently exhibited in Italy and China.
Her new work Pages reflects on the landscape and botanicals in Central Otago and researches historical links through the gold rush when many of the local towns were settled. She has made the canvas from scratch by weaving, and then layering in ceramic to create a surface to sketch her observations in drawing.


Paul Ubana Jones at Rippon

Paul Ubana Jones - Sunday, 7th January 2018

Born in London to a Yorkshire mother and a Nigerian father, Paul Ubana Jones was playing guitar by the age of 11. This was the beginning of a three-decade career that would see him crossing continents and recording eight albums.

After graduating from music college, where he studied guitar, cello and composition, Paul began to forge his own contemporary style, influenced by blues, rock, folk and jazz, which he has developed over the years.

In the late eighties, Paul moved to New Zealand, where he still lives. He continues to perform regularly in New Zealand, Australia, and internationally. Over the years, Paul has shared the stage with various artists, including Taj Mahal, Keb Mo, Norah Jones, Bob Dylan, Tuck and Patti, Crowded House and many others.

His festival appearances include Dublin Blues Festival, Byron Bay Blues Festival, Vancouver Island Folk Festival, Blues at Bridgetown, and several Rippon Festivals. We are thrilled to welcome Paul back to Rippon. Described as one man with one guitar sounding like a whole band, Paul Ubana Jones is one of the country’s most soulful hidden treasures. With a voice that is as husky as it is evocative, with intoxicating rhythms leaving nobody untouched Paul is not one to miss.

Sunday, 7th January 2018

Doors open 5 pm, music starts 6 pm

Tickets $30 + booking free – Click here to purchase
$35 at the Door

Phone: 03 443 8084

 


Brigid Allan Exhibition + Artist Talk Rippon Hall

Brigid Allan Exhibition + Artist Talk at The Rippon Hall Art Space

As part of our ongoing art exhibition curated by Robyn Bardas, MFA, we are pleased to be hosting a new exhibition featuring new landscape works by Brigid Allan at The Rippon Hall Art Space opening 17th December 2017 and running until 19th January 2018, 11 am – 5 pm daily. 
 
On Sunday the 17th December, we’ll also be hosting an artist talk with Brigid, with doors opening at 5:30 pm and the artist talk at 6:00 pm. Join us for some fascinating insight from this award winning artist. 

A Night Under the Spotlight...

Jenn Shelton Vocal Tuition presents ‘A Night Under the Spotlight,’ a concert series showcasing Wanaka’s talented vocalists for two evenings – Sunday, 10th December and Monday, 11th December, 2017.

Supported by R&K Yule Builders and Duncan Anderson Dental Surgeons Ltd, doors will open at 6:15 pm with the concerts kicking off at 7:00 pm each evening.  Tickets available for $15 at Sassy Pants. Cash bar and nibbles will be available. Come on out for a great evening (or two great evenings!) to support Wanaka’s emerging stars.


South Island Sourdough Tour with Nicola Galloway

Learn the magical art of sourdough bread making with cookbook author and food educator, Nicola Galloway.  We are thrilled to a be one of the stops on Nicola’s South Island Tour next month, hosting one of her sought-after workshops on Saturday, 18th November.

Using three simple ingredients – flour, water and salt – combined with basic technique and timing, the most flavoursome and nutritious bread can be created in your own kitchen. For many years Nicola has been preparing sourdough bread for her family and she has specifically designed her recipes to fit around a modern lifestyle. This traditional technique of bread making slowly ferments the flours and grains to improve their flavour, while also enhancing starch and gluten digestibility and nutrient availability.

In this demonstration-style workshop you will learn:

How to prepare and maintain a healthy sourdough starter – this is key to baking great bread

  • Overnight Rustic Sourdough Bread – Nicola will demonstrate preparing + shaping the dough
  • Recipe handouts + two bonus bread recipes using the Rustic Bread dough
  • Discussion on using sourdough starter in everyday cooking – crumpets, pastry, cakes & more
  • Where to source quality flour and grains for bread making
  • Delicious food samples + bring a jar to take home some starter to get you baking at home

Spaces are limited! Click here for details and registration info.


Victoria Stevens Master of Fine Arts Exhibition

Victoria Stevens Master of Fine Arts Exhibition

The Rippon family has an enduring connection with New Zealand art, and is delighted to provide a contemporary art space for the local community. Curator Robyn Bardas MFA brings a fresh eye and contemporary edge to this exhibition.

From 6th October until 12 December, 2017, The Rippon Hall is excited to bring you ‘Ninety’ from Wanaka local Victoria Stevens. The exhibition is a selection from Victoria’s Master of Fine Arts installation of ninety individual textiles representing each year her mother lived without her mother.

The works are predominantly hand stitched, and refer to domestic traditions and rituals which women bring to the human experience. On first viewing the works manifest as a family album; literally as an interpretation of all things pleasant, as in warmth and closeness to others, but closer inspection reveals a sadness, a story of loss along with a deeply unsettling sense of foreboding.

Read more at: Rippon_Artist_Statement_Victoria_Stevens

Don’t miss this fascinating exhibitions running 6th October – 12th December; 11 am – 5 pm daily at The Rippon Hall