Mana Arts Society (MAS)

Photos taken of workshop activities in the clubroom. Far right is Easter 2010 exhibition with Eileen Gray and Carol Aldridge looking on

Contact MAS for current newsletter and membership information.




Plimmerton Domain
Tuesdays and Wednesdays 10.30 am
President: Denny Evison, 
phone: 233 6595


Jan Neighbour, 
phone: 233 6626

Susan Dixon,
phone: 233 0992

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Queen's Birthday Weekend Exhibition 2015:

The Queen's Birthday Weekend Exhibition will be held on Saturday, 30th May to Monday, 1st June from 10.00 am to 4.00 pm daily.

Entries for the Queen's Birthday Weekend Exhibition are due on Wednesday, 27th May and may be dropped off at the clubrooms between 10.00 am and 2.00 pm.

Previous events:  Mana Arts Society member Maggie Hazlewood, left and Chairperson Jill Sutton display their works. Photo and story by Brittany Mann. Read Kapi-Mana News story 27 May 2014 pg 15.

Queen's Birthday Week-end Exhibition 31 May - 2 June 2014, 10am - 4pm

At the society’s art rooms on Plimmerton domain.  Work will be on display and for sale from some of the 90 local artist members.  Last year 400 people enjoyed the 3 day exhibition.


Mana Arts open their doors - Plimmerton Promenades in Style 2012 - photo by Taffy Parry

Sketching with Stuart - Friday 2 May 2014 - 10am -  (more about Stuart)

This Friday we will work indoors at the clubrooms. The subject will be 'Autumn Leaves'  while there are still some about. So collect some leaves and bring them along to draw.

I will not be there this week, so you may have to wait until a member with a key comes along. Just to remind you that there is no charge for Mana Arts Society members for these indoor sessions, but if you are not a financial member, then a gold coin donation is expected to cover the running expenses of the rooms. Cheers, and have fun, Stuart.


See a list of outside sites to visit - contact Stuart with other suggestions and preferences.

Click here for materials for drawing kit.

Read 'Drawing with the mind' - more helpful information from Stuart.

Weekly schedule:

We are looking forward to a busy year ahead and invite interested Plimmerton residents to join us in our activities. Our clubrooms are centrally placed in Plimmerton domain and there is something happening most days of the week.

Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday mornings there are painting sessions starting at 10am and going through to lunch time.  Come and work on your own projects – whatever they may be.  It's free for club members but non members are encouraged though they will be expected to contribute a gold coin donation to go towards room running costs. Contact Stuart Nicol on 026 644 5713 or  for details. The first session will be around 18 January.

There is an evening painting group that meets once a month on Wednesdays at 7pm and the contact for that is Sarah Morton  First session for the year is on Wednesday 26 January.

Thursday evening sessions are run for life drawing enthusiasts. Starting at 6.30 and the first 2011 date will be 3 February. The contact is John Sherborne –

Those who would like to practice basic landscape sketching skills could join our Friday Sketch group  and go outdoors to sketch our marvelous scenery. There is no charge for this activity (unless we operate in the clubrooms due to wet weather). It will start on Friday 28 January with a visit to Pukerua Bay. The contact is Stuart Nicol -  027 644 5713-


Artful Kids NZ this will be a weekly art course for school kids on Tuesday afternoons during school terms and the contact person for that is Rachel Benefield at


We will also run tuition days from time to time – usually on a Saturday – and we are planning a mixed media day in March.  Further details will be revealed in our March newsletter.

Mana Arts was formed 27 years ago under the leadership of the late Tui McLaughlan and at first met in member’s homes before hiring the Sea Scout clubrooms in Ngati Toa Domain for some years.

Mana Arts Society exists to promote and encourage artistic endeavours in the community. (Several members of MAS are represented in this site's Artist pages.) We have modern, purpose built clubrooms and hold non tutored workshops twice a week in a friendly, non-competitive atmosphere. Teaching sessions with experienced artists are frequently arranged and we have regular exhibitions in the clubrooms and in other suitable local venues so that members can show (and sell) their works to the public. There is an associated life drawing class running on a Thursday evening and a beginners sketching workshop operating on Friday mornings so that new members can learn the basics of drawing and go out and sketch local scenes.


Last Updated: 23/05/2016 10:55pm