Exhibition Spaces and Programme

The annual program of exhibitions, events and activities runs every year.  

Many of our Exhibitions, Events and Activities crossover multiple platforms for what is delivered at Lake House Arts, including:​

  • Multiple Gallery and Exhibiting Spaces ​
  • Hirable Spaces for events and Activities​
  • A diverse arts and culture education program​
  • Free community arts activities and events​
  • A Membership programme for artists, art lovers and students​
  • Lake House resident artists and arts organisations

Our programme is informed by:

  • Creating opportunities for our Membership and Students.​
  • Traditional Exhibitions with a history at Lake House Arts.​
  • Creating new opportunities for emerging and established professional artists.​
  • Creating new opportunities for Community Organisations and Schools.​
  • Creating opportunities for the wider community to engage in unique arts activities.​
  • Engagement with our Maori Culture, History and Heritage.​
  • Engagement with our wider, diverse international community who have made New Zealand their home.​
  • Our relationship with Auckland City Council Arts and Devonport-Takapuna Local Board and events/activities they provide the wider Auckland community.
  • Ongoing & Resident Exhibitions at Lake House Arts Centre

Hireage Costs

Moving forward, we are using a new model for hiring exhibition space as COVID 19 has changed how we operate. With the exception of a 10% non-refundable deposit, hirers will only be charged for days open to the public so if there is a public closure hirers won't bear that expense. We also don't charge for the Friday installation day.

Our public hours are:
Tuesday - Friday:  9:30am - 3pm
Saturday and Sunday 11am - 1pm
Mondays are closed.
If you wish to have the Galleries open longer, extra charges for staff will apply.

Available Galleries (All prices include gst)

Becroft Gallery

The Becroft Gallery is Lake House Arts' main gallery space and undertakes between 20 - 30 exhibitions per year.  There are hirable slots for exhibitions available as well as Lake House exhibitions programmed for Members and to be a part of larger festivals and events. 


Cost of hire: $50 per day

Hamblin Gallery

The Hamblin Gallery is directly outside of Tindall Room, and is perfect for exhibiting small to medium 2D works. This space is directly at the end of the Lake House's West corridor and features a stained glass window.



Cost of hire: $12.50 per day

Ogle Gallery 

Shared with Lake House Cafe's dining space, this area has been recently been used for Members' group exhibitions, and is perfect for works to be seen in a lively social setting.

Cost of hire: $25 per day

Childrens’ and Students’ Gallery 

This new gallery space, located along the upstairs corridor of Lake House, has recently been made available for students from Lake House Arts Centre and local schools to showcase their work. 


This exhibition space is free for selected local students and schools, subject to availablility.

For further information about exhibiting at Lake House Arts, contact info@lakehousearts.org.nz.

Members' Exhibitions: 

To honour the richness and diversity in our membership Lake House Arts has opened up free access to its membership to exhibit single pieces of 2D and 3D work in an ongoing exhibition throughout the year.

Colourful and diverse, each work represents the unique visions and talents that make up the backbone of our strong and independent community.

The Membership at Lake House Arts has been around for longer than the building in it’s current form and location!  The Lake House Trust is a Charitable Trust and Incorporated Society formed out of the original Coach House Trust which came together to save the building back in the early 1990’s.

Since then the membership has grown and strengthened into a vibrant artistic community which is the foundation of support behind all of Lake House Arts’ activities.

*To become a member of Lake House Arts please visit our website - www.lakehousearts.org.nz to register.

​​Other Spaces

James Lawrence Studio Wall
West Side Downstairs Corridor

James Lawrence is one of Lake House Arts oldest resident artists.  He is a well-known artist and tutor who has previously exhibited and taught classes and workshops, both nationally and internationally. 

James has been a professional artist for over 30 years, gaining his Bachelor of Fine Arts in Printmaking in 1971 and Master of Fine Arts in Printmaking in 1973 at the Otis Art Institute in California. He also holds a Bachelor of Arts (Biology) from Austin College, Texas (1966) 

James has shown at many exhibitions in the United States, Europe, Australia, New Zealand, Taiwan and Japan. He was included in California Design 76 and selected for a printmakers exhibit at the California Museum of Science and Industry. His work has featured in Home Magazine, California Printmakers, Prints Magazine and Décor Magazine, and is held in the Corporate Collections of IBM, RCA, Federal Reserve Board of Philadelphia, Home Savings & Loan, and Wells Fargo Bank. He has exhibited extensively within New Zealand at both Group and Solo shows including Northart, Mairangi Arts Centre, Portfolio Gallery, St Heliers Arts Festival, Royal Easter Show and Lake House Arts. 

James was named “Most Successful Painting Artist” and awarded the Royal Agricultural Society Medal at one of New Zealand’s leading Fine Arts Exhibitions, the 2001 Royal Easter Show. He headed off 300 other painters to win both the Asia Pacific and the Faber Castell Dry Art Open categories, as well as place third in the National Art Supplies Print Making Open. 

For James, the primary aim in producing any work of art is that of involving the viewer. James emphasises the importance of capturing the interest of his audience and arousing their curiosity, allowing questions to arise within the viewer. 

“To achieve this end, I constantly experiment with the subject matter, media and form, because it continually challenges me to further my range of expression. This attitude enables growth to be automatic and leads me into areas that are always new and different and hopefully stimulating and exciting to view.”

Lake House Heritage Wall & Harcourt’s Heritage Homes of Takapuna and Milford
East Side Downstairs Corridor

See a slice of the History and Heritage of Lake House Arts Centre in photographic form as you go up the main stairway at Lake House Arts.  Our heritage photowall depicts images from Lake House’s past when it was originally situated on Takapuna Beach to it being cut into seven pieces and shifted to its current Barry’s Point Reserve location on Fred Thomas Drive.  Then see some of the earliest Exhibitions, Events and Activities that have helped make Lake House Arts what it is today.

Once up the stairs you will experience over 20 beautifully presented photographs depicting Heritage Homes of Takapuna and Milford.  This exhibition, commissioned by Harcourts with the support of Lake House Founders Gail and Ken Pianta and created by Margaret Field presents a rich and valued history of our local area.

All images have a textual history documenting the buildings and geography of the surrounding area and during Auckland Heritage Week Lake House Arts stages events with its founders and members commemorating and remembering our past.

*Please note at varying times in the year this exhibition may be out on loan. 

Wooden Sculpture and Ceramic Garden Treasures
Lake House Grounds and Gardens

The Gardens and Grounds at Lake House Arts centre have evolved and transformed over time with the help of much professional volunteer and member support.  

The Gardens and Grounds have seen many Woodcraft Festivals, and over time have become the home for many sculptural commissions for artists and Lake House Residents.

With the incredible output of hundreds of ceramics works every year from students and artists using Lake House Arts many pieces have found their way into the Lake House Gardens to compliment the beautiful array of plants and flowers.
It has been a rich and inspiring environment for arts to flourish.  We invite you to experience the art in and around our Gardens, Grounds and (some hidden) Treasures.