Tim Ross – Why Modernism Matters – Sunday 29th September

Australian comedian, television presenter, writer and self proclaimed “design nerd” rolls around in his passion for Modernist architecture as he states his broad ranging and often hilarious case for the protection of our architecture of the mid 20th Century.

He may be best known for his work on TV and radio (at different times hosting both the number one breakfast and drive shows in Sydney) but comedian Tim Ross has also always had a passion for architecture and design.

Among his many notable ventures in writing, performance, and exhibition; Tim also passionately supports important issues in Australian architecture and design, in particular the ‘Save Our Sirius’ campaign, fighting alongside the local community to protect Sydney’s now neglected modernist apartment building, Sirius.

In 2018 Tim was awarded the National Trust Heritage Award for Advocacy, which recognised his activism in drawing attention to Australia’s legacy of modernist architecture and promoting its conservation. In 2019 Tim was awarded the National President’s Prize from the Australian Institute of Architects, to “recognise him for his advocacy, activism and outstanding contribution to the architecture profession”.

Details (SOLD OUT)

Date and Time
Sunday 29 September
3:00pm – 5:00pm

Futuna Chapel
67 Futuna Close

Chapel of FutunaFutuna Open Days & Public Talks – 2nd and 3rd November, as part of Heritage week 2019

Experience the award-winning modernist Futuna Chapel in Karori, and hear talks from the Friends of Futuna, Heritage New Zealand Pouhere Taonga, and Wellington architect Sharon Jansen. See link for more details

Futuna Lecturer Announced for 2020 – Francis Kéré

It is with great pleasure and excitement that the Friends of Futuna Charitable Trust announce the Futuna Lecturer for the 2020 Futuna Lecture Series.  This will be the 10th year of the Lecture Series and the candidate who has accepted our invitation promises to be one of great interest. Originally from Burkina Faso and now practising in Berlin, architect Francis Kéré will deliver three lectures in New Zealand.  Attracting Francis to New Zealand has been greatly assisted by Lindsay Johnston Convenor of the Architecture Foundation Australia (AFA) and Ewan Mc Eoin Curator of Contemporary Design and Architecture at the National Gallery of Victoria. (NGV).  Not only will Francis be giving three lectures in NZ but he will also be the keynote speaker and participant at Deerubbin 2020 (AFA) and will be giving a lecture at the NGV during during Melbourne Design Week.

Dates are as follows:

Fri 13th – Sunday 15th March     Deerubbin – Milson Island, Hawkesbury River NSW.

Tues 17 March                           Lecture – Melbourne Design Week – NGV, Melbourne

Thurs 19 March             Futuna Lecture – venue to be confirmed – Auckland, NZ.

Friday 20 March                         Futuna Lecture – venue to be confirmed – Christchurch NZ

Saturday 21 March                     Futuna Lecture – Futuna Chapel – Wellington, NZ

Ticketing and venue details for the Futuna Lecture will be confirmed and announced later this year.

See link below for more information on Francis Kéré



Open Sundays are continuing throughout 2019 with the next on 6th October 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 August1st 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.




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.