There is no denying New Zealand is enjoying a ceramic resurgence. The confident position of clay craft within our contemporary culture is unmistakable, as enrolments in community pottery courses continue to climb, as galleries and museums increasingly attend to the works of our ceramic artists, and as new initiatives, such as Ceramics New Zealand magazine and the Emerging Practitioner in Clay Award (announced by none other than Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern), advance professional opportunities for local makers. Now, as part of the New Zealand Festival, Fired Up offers an unprecedented opportunity to engage with ceramics across Wellington’s leading destinations for craft and visual arts.

Fired Up will see exhibitions by some of the most celebrated contemporary ceramicists making work today, presented at more than a dozen dealer and public art galleries across the Wellington region. An exciting public programme will accompany these exhibitions, including behind-the-scenes tours of some of New Zealand’s best collections of ceramics held in our museums and galleries, as well as an Art Night event across all participating venues on Saturday 22 February, 5-11pm.

The festival will feature a one-day symposium on Monday 24 February tackling contemporary issues in ceramics, with presentations from a range of influential local and international ceramics figures, including keynote speaker, Australian ceramicist, writer and curator, Glenn Barkley.

Regardless of whether you are a maker, an enthusiast or someone curious to learn more about this captivating craft, Fired Up provides the ideal platform to explore and celebrate the lively, diverse and fun world of ceramics-making in Aotearoa.


{Suite} Art Gallery | Mossman | McLeavey Gallery | Bowen Galleries | Bartley + Company Art | Hamish McKay | Jhana Millers Gallery | AVID Gallery | Page Galleries | The Dowse | Pataka


  • Free


  • Fri 21 Feb — Sun 15 Mar


  • Multiple galleries across Wellington CBD and Lower Hutt.