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05 August 1985 —
02 September 1985

Zena Abbott:
Woven by Hand

Zena Abbott, Moeraki Boulders II.


In 1958 Zena Abbott opened New Zealand’s first professional hand weaving studio. By employing and teaching women in this studio, she created a cottage industry which supplied handweaving to shops and galleries throughout New Zealand and also exported work to Australia. 

Woven By Hand presents the textured fibre works of Abbott, a pioneer and leading innovator in the art. The exhibition also includes works by the Spinners and Weavers Group of the Pakuranga Arts Society.


Zena Abbott: Woven By Hand, 1985, exhibition poster

The gallery is closed for install from 29 January 2023.

Our next exhibition Who can think, what can think curated by Bruce E. Phillips will open 18 February 2023.