Talking Toi: Art After Hours

Explore Toi Art in depth with an after-hours viewing and kōrero facilitated by art educator Laura Jones.

  • When | Āhea Tue 18 Feb 2020, 6.30pm–8.00pm
  • Where | Ki hea
    Toi Art, Level 5
  • Cost | Te utu Free event – please register as places are limited

Have you ever looked at art and wondered … what is this trying to say to me?  

You’re certainly not alone.

In this after-hours session, we’ll spend some time in the gallery with Te Papa art educator Laura Jones. Laura will facilitate a discussion using visual thinking strategies to help us unpack a selection of works on display in Toi Art. You might be surprised by how much you know, and what you can discover hidden in plain sight!

Afterwards, you’ll have the option to stick around for some light refreshments and talk more about the strategies used and the artworks in the gallery.

Perfect for art novices and experts alike.

A woman looks at a wall of portraits


A Toi Art visitor examines the portrait wall in Tūrangawaewae: Art and New Zealand, 2018. Photo by Jo Moore. Te Papa (103277)

About Laura Jones

Woman poses for a portrait


Laura Jones, 2016. Te Papa

Images and objects have long held a fascination for Laura – as a classroom teacher they introduced an inspiring way to bring in new narratives. In the role as an educator at Te Papa, she is able to use images and objects within the context of the national museum to explore connections across collections, and to open up challenging narratives. Laura has been using the techniques of visual thinking strategies to provide a really open-ended way of looking at art, the experience is engaging and empowering, and will rekindle your passion for art.

Laura studied Art History and English, and has taught in schools in Cambridge, London, and Barcelona. She carried out Museum Studies in Wellington leading to her post at Te Papa.

Please register to attend this event by emailing