Chapel of Futuna

Open Sundays are continuing throughout 2019 with the next on 3rd March 11am–3.00pm

The Trust is pleased to confirm that the programme of having the Chapel open on the first Sunday of the month will continue throughout 2019.  The Chapel will be open between 11am and 3pm on the following dates: 

6th Jan • 3rd Feb • 3rd March 11am – 2pm7th April 11am – 2pm5th May 11am – 2pm •2nd June • 7th July • 4th August • 1st September • 6th October • 3rd November • 1st December – Note that 3rd of March, 7th of April and 5th of May have a reduced opening time of 11-2 due to the 2pm concert  click here  for more info about Open Sundays for 2019.

Colours of Futuna – Concert Series 10 March – 12 May 2019

Futuna Chapel will host a series of nine Sunday afternoon concerts from 10 March to 12 May 2019

The John Scott-designed chapel is regarded as a brilliant essay in geometry and coloured light and its design also lends itself to producing special acoustic qualities.

An eclectic and stellar line-up of performers from the Wellington region will reflect and reverberate against the cool stones and brightly coloured windows of Futuna Chapel. 

You can purchase tickets by following the links to Dash Tickets below:

Wellington wind, Sunday 10th March 2019, 2:00pm—3:00pm    click here 

Greg Squire + Dougla, Sunday 17th March 2019, 2:00pm—3:00pm     click here 

Orion Quartet, Sunday 24th March 2019, 2:00pm—3:00pm     click here  

Karen Batten + Ingrid Bauer, Sunday 31st March 2019, 2:00pm—3:00pm     click here   

Gale Force Gospel Choir, Sunday 7th April 2019, 2:00pm—3:00pm     click here   

WOSOSI, Sunday 14th April 2019, 2:00pm—3:00pm      click here 

Michelle Velvin + Antonia Barnett-McIntosh, Sunday 28th April 2019, 2:00pm—3:00pm      click here 

Palliser Viols, Sunday 5th May 2019, 2:00pm—3:00pm      click here

Klezmer with the Kuegels, Sunday 12th May 2019, 2:00pm—3:00pm     click here

Futuna Chapel Open Day – 31 March 2019

Futuna Lecture Series – March 2019

The guest lecturer for the 2019 Futuna Lecture Series is Norwegian Architect, critic and writer Ingerid Helsing Almaas

Ingerid will give three public lectures in New Zealand (Auckland, Christchurch and Wellington), speaking about contemporary global architectural design trends from a critical viewpoint. She will use international projects to illustrate the themes being explored and offer critical analysis of a variety of architectural outcomes.

Tickets can be purchased online from Dash Tickets. See links for Auckland, Wellington and Christchurch below.  

Click here for tickets to the Auckland lecture, Monday 25 March 2019, 6:30pm—8:30pm, 138 Halsey Street, Auckland

Click here for tickets to the Wellington lecture, Sunday 31 March 2019, 6pm — 8pm, 67 Futuna Close, Friend Street, Karori, Wellington

Click here for tickets to the Christchurch lecture, Thursday 28 March 2019, 6:30pm—8:30pm, 347 Papanui Road, ChrustchurchCanterbury

Click  this link for more information about Ingerid.


John Scott’s Chapel of Futuna

In 1958, six years into his private practice, Hawke’s Bay architect John Scott was commissioned by the Society of Mary to design a chapel for their spiritual retreat in Karori, Wellington.

Built by the Brothers of the Society themselves, and embellished by Auckland sculptor Jim Allen, Futuna Chapel opened in 1961 and immediately became a talking point among architects and a mecca for aspiring members of the profession.

In the 50 years since, this little private building hidden away the Wellington suburb of Karori has become generally regarded as an architectural masterpiece and perhaps the most complete example of a true modern ‘indigenous’ New Zealand design.

Nearly Lost

In 2000, the Society of Mary had no further use for the Futuna complex and sold it to developers. While the 66 residential units now forming Futuna Village were being built, the chapel itself was used as a materials store. While tarnished, most of the fixtures and fittings remain in good condition. In 2000 Jim Allen’s magnificent Jesus figure disappeared from the Chapel and remained at large for 12 years until its recovery in 2012.

Concern about the building’s future came from many quarters, but not until the Friends of Futuna Charitable Trust was formed and negotiations with the developers began in earnest was it possible to say that this valuable part of our culture was almost safe.

Safe at last – but money still required!

Friends of Futuna Charitable Trust has now completed the purchase of the Chapel and the parcel of land that it sits on.  The Trust’s main task now is to raise the required funds to complete the planned exterior restoration, and to ensure the future maintenance and operation of the building. You can learn about donating to the Trust here.

Join the Society!

The Friends of Futuna Society has been established by the Trust with the aim of seeking membership from the national and local community to assist with the ongoing maintenance and operating costs of the chapel, support events as well as contribute to the funding of the establishment and maintenance of a Futuna Chapel/John Scott Archive. Membership of the Society will be through an annual subscription. – learn more about the Society here.