Rippon Events

Exhibition by Elissa Eastwood

From 8th November through 18th December, The Rippon Hall is excited to bring you an exhibition by Elissa Eastwood.

Eastwood is a Wanaka based artist who is currently completing a Diploma in Design and Decoration from Open Polytechnic New Zealand. She attended the Enmore Design School in Sydney and went on to study Visual Arts at Sydney University with a focus on painting.

When artist Elissa Eastwood was younger, she used to chase post cards, jumping planes from one beautiful location to the next. Seeking out extreme and amazing environments, which more often than not, led her to the mountains. She no longer travels with this reckless abandon, but rather explores her reactions to her environment through her artwork. She is in constant awe of the extreme nature and beauty of the mountains, it?s a place where she is blissfully aware of her own insignificance. In Eastwood?s abstract work she presents a series of symbols that allude to a narrative - just out of reach. In her cityscapes she employs a detached perspective from where you can see the restless energy of a city, a vibration that extends beyond its location.

Eastwood works in a unique style using resin, incorporating an eclectic mix of recycled materials and etching to build the detail into the works. Through the nature of the materials used, the works lure you to look through the work, dodging colour, metal, and hidden agendas. The process of discovery is part of the experience, which in itself is the art work.

Don?t miss this fascinating exhibition running 8th November through 18th December; 11 am ? 5 pm daily at The Rippon Hall.

Welcome to Summer Fundraising Party for the Wanaka Road Crash Rescue Team, 17th November

Do you know that every time you hear the fire siren go off in town it?s unpaid volunteers that are coming to the rescue?

It?s now time for YOU to answer their call!

Recently the Wanaka Road Crash Rescue Team, who are all volunteers in the Wanaka Volunteer Fire brigade, won the Australasian Road Crash Rescue Competition, and their team of seven is now eligible to compete in the World Road Crash Competition next year in France and we?re hosting a little party to help them get there.

Come on out for a great time and support the folks who will always have your back if you get into trouble on our roads.

Live music from DJ Matty and fun times.

Tickets includes a drink and an epic pork bun from Dale at the Food Truck Food Department on arrival.?Grab your tickets online?or at Paper Plus Wanaka in town.

Come hang in the sun and lets get our party on! Round the world theme dress up encouraged!

2nd Annual Ceilidh Dance Wanaka, 27th October

Revellers in Wanaka and beyond are gearing up to once again paint the town tartan at 2nd Annual Ceilidh Dance Wanaka, a feast of music, dancing and conviviality celebrating all things Caledonian.

The dress code is easy at the colourful event which will take place on 27th October at the beautiful lakeside winery venue of Rippon Hall. It will be in aid of both Te Kakano and Kahu Youth.

The Ceilidh (pron. kay-lee) is a cornerstone of Scottish culture, originating from the Gaelic word for a Gathering or Party. It's a fun filled night of wild dancing, good music and great company which will resonate with New Zealanders of Scots heritage as well as holding out a welcoming hand to everyone.

Up to 200 people are expected to take part in dances such as The Dashing White Sergeant, the Eightsome Reel, The Gay Gordons and Strip the Willow to the music of one of South Island's top celtic bands, Hair of the Dog.

Kilts and tartan will be welcome at the Ceilidh Dance Wanaka, but are not compulsory.

Cash bar with Rippon Wines (and of course Scottish whiskies) and delicious catering by Morsel - the Honest Food Co. Bring your family, bring your kids, bring your Grandma. Please don't bring your own food or your own alcohol - we will have plenty of food, fun and refreshments for all. Cash & Eftpos.

Tickets are $30 and will be limited to ensure plenty of space for dancing - get yours early so you don't miss out. Tickets are available at Cork Bar (Mon-Sun 3pm?late) or the Rippon Cellar Door (11 am - 5 pm daily) or online via Under The Radar.

Doors 5:30 pm, Music starts at 7

Official After Party at Cork to follow from 10:00 pm til late

Jane Kellahan - Call of the Mountains Exhibition at The Rippon Hall, Opening Night 27th September 2018


Wanaka-based, international award-winning artist, Jane Kellahan, will present a special multi-media exhibition at The Rippon Hall from 27th September to 4th November recognising and celebrating the incredible work by our courageous Land Search and Rescue Volunteers.

The ?Call of the Mountains? Exhibition is a celebration of Kellahan?s 25 year painting career.

?It is also a befitting tribute to those lives lost to the mountains and an acknowledgement to our local LandSAR rock stars,? Jane Kellahan.

This? is? Kellahan?s inaugural LandSAR Exhibition, in which she will donate a portion of her sales towards the brave men and women of LandSAR and their ?big season ahead.

Kellahan?s work features a strong collection of oil paintings, ceramic sculptures, and jewellery. These works have been created and refined at her ?studio in Wanaka, New Zealand.

?I have lived in Wanaka for over a year now and there is definitely a strong sense of community here that I have never experienced before. I have thought about this and I believe that it has a lot to do with LandSAR. When critical, life saving operations occur, it brings people together, it?s a very intense and powerful feeling. My mission is to educate the public, make a personal financial contribution to LandSAR, and to recognise those who have lost their lives in the mountains,? Kellahan said.

This exhibition was born by the tragic death of Kellahan?s close friend, Seddon Bennington, the CEO of Te Papa Museum who died tramping in the Tararua?s in 2009.

?I will be focusing on connecting with the community, giving them an opportunity to write their stories, their tributes, and display photos of their families and friends, who were also taken by the mountains,? she said. These will be displayed on a special wall as a feature piece of the exhibition.

?LandSAR solely rely on donations. When they take on these dangerous, life saving missions, no-one gets billed for being rescued and no-one gets paid.? says Jane.

The ?Call of the Mountains? Exhibition will be staged at the Queenstown Arts Centre from 7 ? 25 September, and the Rippon Hall, Wanaka, from 27 September to 4 November. This exhibition is generously supported by Sir Ron Brierley, Aspiring Catering, Rhyme and Reason, Rippon Vineyard, Maude Wine and Printit.

Jane Kellahan Awards

2015 - Special Mention, London ?Biennale, United Kingdom
2011 - Third,?? Biennale of Chianciano,? Italy
2009 - Winner, Cricket Art Prize, Australia

For more details about Jane?s exhibition, sending your personal tributes and details about the opening night functions, please see

Mainly A Capella at The Rippon Hall, 23rd September 2018

?Mainly A Capella? is a simple idea that grew.? The Treble Tones are a local all women A capella group that have been singing together in various formations since 2012. Led by Frances Cowie the group sings an eclectic mix from pop to world music and choral pieces, in 3 and 4-part harmonies.

Wanting to bring a mid-winter performance to friends and family, last year they organised ?Totally A Capella? and were joined by three other local choirs including the first outing for the newly reformed MAC choir. Their first concert was held at the Rippon Hall in August 2017.

This year the other choirs have been unable to commit, the date has been moved back slightly but the main idea is still there! The programme has been expanded to include some classical music highlights from some MAC students, giving them the opportunity to perform in an intimate and supportive environment. Hence the name ?Mainly A Capella?!

The full programme includes Treble Tones singing a mixed repertoire of songs, the MAC choir, two year 11 students at MAC playing piano ? Estelle Norman and Oliver Clements, and a newly formed Chamber Music group from MAC called ?Up an Octave? who will play a mixed repertoire of whatever classical music they can find in the cupboard in the music department!

Rippon wine will be on sale so we invite people to come and enjoy an afternoon by the fire with wine, music and song and celebrate the young (and not so young!) musical talent in our community. Laura Williamson will preside as MC.

Tickets are $10 and on sale now at Pembroke Wines ? school age children free of charge. We encourage you to book your tickets early to avoid disappointment.

Doors Opening 3:30 pm; Performance from 4:00 - 5:30 pm

Thanks to Pembroke Wines, Upper Clutha Community Arts Council for their support.

For more information contact Lindsey Schofield 021 443741 or

Cathy Irons with the Classical Jazz Quartet at The Rippon Hall, 20th October 2018

From a dazzling display of virtuosity to intriguing sultry warmth, from mellow moments to upbeat swing, this is the concert that will keep you smiling into the weeks ahead!

Described as ?sonic fireworks that dazzle with all their brilliance? and ?characterized by inspirational musicianship,? the Classical Jazz Quartet brings an eclectic mix of classical music infused with the fun and rhythmic energy of jazz.

CJQ will showcase music from the swing era, to Jerome Kern, to their own creative and imaginative adaptations of classical works, including the ever-popular Vivaldi's Spring (Four Seasons), CPE Bach's Solfeggieto and the wild Sabre Dance by Khachaturian.
The Classical Jazz Quartet are delighted to return to the region; this time presenting their concert publicly at the Rippon Hall.

CJQ consists of four outstanding professional Christchurch-based musicians: Cathy Irons (violin), Barry Brinson (piano), Michael Davis (bass) and Doug Brush (drums). Each a recognised musician in their own field, the four musicians revel in getting together, ignoring convention and freely cross the boundaries of music with conviction and delight. All have extensive NZ and international experience.

Advanced tickets available on eventfinda.
Limited door sales available (cash only).
Doors open from 6:30 pm; Concert starts at 7:30 pm
Supported by Central Lakes Trust, Upper Clutha Arts Council and The Rippon Hall.

Jessica Ritchie Artist Exhibtion

'Colour. Surface. Touch' ? An Exhibition by Jessica Ritchie

From 29th?June ? 8th August, The Rippon Hall is excited to bring you 'Colour. Surface. Touch,' an exhibition by Jessica Ritchie.

Jessica is a Dunedin based artist who is currently working from a studio space in Dowling Street. She is a qualified secondary school art and music teacher, working in an early childcare centre. ?She completed her Master of Fine Arts (Distinction) at the Dunedin School of Art last September. This exhibition presents work which is a continuation of a series, which builds and extends from her MFA project Colour. Surface. Space.

Jessica?s paintings are a reflection upon the art of painting itself: abstract, drawing from colour, light, and music. Her work is concerned with process, with the exploration of the formal qualities of painting, and of the infinite possibilities of touch with paint. Located within the context of the field of abstract painting, the term ?abstraction? is used in a questioning and provisional sense rather than as a categorising or labelling term; considering complexity rather than reduction. The paintings show the potential of abstract painting to communicate light and space.

Drawn to anything reflective, lustrous, iridescent, and saturated, her recent paintings have focussed on intensity and exuberance. On closer inspection many reveal themselves as ?accumulations of debris? from building up of surfaces from scraped and gathered paint and other materials. The expressive force resides in the materiality of colour, texture, and excess. She is particularly interested in the discordant notion that a painting or thing might be two (or more) things at once ? beautiful and grotesque for example or exuberant and abject. Stripped of traditional iconography, these works ? made with paint skins, spray paint, plaster, glitter, gold leaf and iridescent paint -- offer rich surfaces and textures, evoking a whole world of complex relationships beneath.

Don?t miss this fascinating exhibition running 29th?June ? 8th August; 11 am ? 5 pm daily at The Rippon Hall.

2018 Biodynamic Conference ? Water & Light, 22-24 June

The Biodynamic Association of NZ's conference is taking place in Central Otago this month with three days of workshops, discussions and even, weather permitting, a spot of star gazing and the Rippon Hall is proud to be hosting for the later part of the conference on the 23rd - 24th June.

While this may be wine country, there will be plenty to interest all biodynamic practitioners in the workshops and talks being held during the weekend. Even if you don?t regard yourself as a biodynamic practitioner yet, come along and learn how this exciting way of growing can be integrated into your own farms and gardens.

The conference is sponsored by Ceres Organics and the programme includes talks by leading biodynamic experts including a keynote presentation by Thea Maria Carlson from the United States and Ian Trousdell joining us by video conference from China.

For details visit the conference webpage.

'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

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