Futuna Chapel Open Day 2020


Ron Brownson is Senior Curator New Zealand and Pacific Art at Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tāmaki.  He has worked long-term as a professional curator and is an expert on New Zealand and Pacific art with has a particular interest in photography.

The most amazing discovery for me was the Futuna Chapel in Wellington, “one of the most spiritual interiors in all New Zealand”, as Ron describes it. It was designed by John Scott, with windows by Jim Allen that cast shimmering patterns of coloured light on the walls, which in the course of the day move across a large scale, magnificent mahogany Christ figure, also Allen’s work. This “very emotional, very passionate work”, to use Ron’s words, was missing for 12 years, stolen, but happily it was recovered and reinstated in the chapel.


Ron has initiated many exhibition and publication projects including John Kinder Photographs, Rita Angus, 1950s Auckland Photographers, Ioane Ioane Fale Sa, Ross T. Smith, John Pule, Marti Friedlander Photographs, Pat Hanly – Pure Painting, L. Budd et al, Eric Le Johnson  – Opo the Hokianga Dolphin, Gretchen Albrecht, Fiona Pardington, Le Fauluga – Pacific artists from New Zealand, Self and Other: The Expressionist Spirit in New Zealand Art, Tribute: Visual artists celebrated by the Arts Foundation of New Zealand, Fiona Pardington Proud Flesh, Open Skies Divided Horizons, Greg Semu O Le Tatau Samoa, Colin McCahon’s Titirangi, Fatu Feu’u, Golden – Celebrating 50 Years of the Friends of the Gallery (with Jane Davidson Ladd) Michael Smither The Wonder Years, Through the Eyes of Shirin Neshat, In Shifting Light, John Kinder’s New Zealand, Local Revolutionaries: Art & Change 1965–1986 (with Mary Kisler), Partner Dance: Gifts from the Patrons of the Gallery (with Natasha Conland), Choi Jeong Hwa Flower Chandelier, Te Wā Tōiri: Fluid Horizons, Home AKL – artists of Pacific Heritage at Auckland (with Kolokesa Mahina Tuai, Nina Tonga and Ema Tavola), Kinder’s Presence: John Kinder, Mark Adams, Chis Corson Scott, Haruhiko Sameshima, Robert Ellis – Turangawaewae: A Place to Stand, Ralph Hotere’s Godwit Kuaka, The Extra Ordinary Everyday in New Zealand Art, Len Casbolt – From Soft Focus to Sharp Vision, A Place to Paint: Colin McCahon in Auckland.

Ron Brownson edited ART TOI – New Zealand art in the collection of Auckland Art Gallery, a comprehensive profile of local art.

Colours of Futuna – Concert Series 2020

Futuna Chapel will host a series of nine Sunday afternoon concerts from 22 March to 24 May 2020

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 at the door or from Dash Tickets.

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Futuna Chapel Open Sundays 2020

The Trust is pleased to confirm that the programme of having the Chapel open on the first Sunday of the month will continue throughout 2020. The Chapel will be open between 11am and 3pm every Sunday except 22 March, 29 March, 5 April, 19 April, 26 April, 3 May, 10 May, 17 May and 24 May due to the Futuna Concert Series.

You are welcome to visit the Chapel during these hours. Entry is by koha. Wheelchair access is available. Please note that there is no parking available on site.  Please park in Friend Street.  Take a Number 2 bus to Karori.

Futuna Lecturer for 2020 – Francis Kéré


The internationally-acclaimed architect Francis Kéré garnered critical praise from the beginning of his architectural practice when awarded the prestigious Aga Khan Award for Architecture (2004) for his first-ever building – a school he designed, raised the funds for and realised in collaboration with the residents of his native Gando, Burkina Faso.

Diébédo Francis Kéré used dead trees to build this pavilion at the Tippet Rise Art Center in Montana, USA. The roof, columns and seats of Kéré‘s Xylem pavilion are made from bundles of local ponderosa and lodge pole pine logs, felled during a “natural pruning” process that aims to save forests from parasitic bugs.

Kéré has gone on to become one of the most distinguished contemporary architects thanks to his pioneering of a communal approach to design and his commitment to sustainable materials as well as modes of construction. Inspired by a curiosity for the particularities of any given locality and its social tapestry, he has gathered a diverse, agile team at his Berlin-based Kéré Architecture office, to take on projects across four continents. Most prominently, these include his designs for the Burkina Faso National Assembly, the Lycée Schorge Secondary School, the Léo Surgical Clinic & Health Centre, the 2017 Serpentine Pavilion and Xylem, the recently opened pavilion for Tippet Rise Art Center. Underpinning his architectural practice, are his past and current teaching engagements at TU München, the Harvard Graduate School of Design, the Accademia di Architettura di Mendrisio and Yale University, as well as his participation in solo and group exhibitions including at the Venice Biennale of Architecture, the Museo ICO in Madrid, the Architekturmuseum in Munich and the Philadelphia Museum of Art.

The Friends of Futuna Charitable Trust wish to thank our sponsors for their support without which we would not be able to host the Futuna Lecture Series. This is the 10th consecutive year for the Lecture Series and is our major annual fundraiser for the Trust and for the continuing restoration and maintenance of the Chapel.

Temporary Exhibition

Diébédo Francis Kéré

Philadelphia Museum of Art, Perelman Building / Philadelphia / USA

Useful links to some of Kérés work;