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Open Day: Rita’s garden

Spend time in the garden at the Rita Angus Cottage. Bring a picnic, sketch Rita’s favourite views, and hear from those who tend her garden today.

  • When | Āhea Sat 5 Feb 2022, 1.00pm–4.00pm
  • Where | Ki hea
    Rita Angus Cottage, 194A Sydney Street West, Thorndon, Wellington.
  • Cost | Te utu Free event

The abundant array of flowers and plant life that surround the 1877 cottage where New Zealand artist Rita Angus lived between 1955 and 1970 provided her with much inspiration and subject matter. Works such as ‘Self-portrait with fruit’ (1960-61) and ‘Self-portrait’ (1967-68) feature the cottage and Magnolia tree, showing the influence and the impact that Angus’ surroundings had on her work.

Spend an afternoon immersed in Rita’s garden and have a go at sketching the lush environment. Some materials will be provided. You are also welcome to bring along your own pens, pencils, pastels and watercolours – and perhaps a picnic.

There will be an opportunity to meet gardeners who care for Rita’s garden today, and members of the Rita Angus Cottage Trust will be on hand to share some of their insights.

The house continues as a studio for an artist-in-residence programme and is a part of the legacy that Rita Angus has left to contemporary New Zealand Art.

A watercolour of a woman's head with a bowl of fruit in front of her


Rita Angus, Self-portrait with fruit, 1960-61, watercolour. Reproduced courtesy of the Estate of Rita Angus. Purchased 1998 with New Zealand Lottery Grants Board funds. Te Papa (1998-0028-4)

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Under the Covid-19 protection framework (aka the traffic light system) all visitors are required to be fully vaccinated and show your My Vaccine Pass or My Covid Record unless you are under 12 years and 3 months old. We accept both digital and printed vaccine passes.

You will need to sign or scan in at the Rita Angus Cottage.

We advise you to wear a face covering.

See our Covid-19 information page about what to expect when you visit Te Papa under Orange in the Covid-19 protection framework (aka the traffic light system).