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Thursday 24th-Friday 25th October 2019

A new play about Ans Westra and the beginnings of her long and influential career as one of New Zealand’s best-known social documentary photographers.

After workshopping the play at the 2018 Festival, award-winning Golden Bay actor Martine Baanvinger returns with this captivating and intimate one-woman play about New Zealand Arts Foundation Icon Photographer Ans Westra.

After emigrated from the Netherlands in 1957, Westra began using photography as a way of discovering her new homeland. Fascinated by Māori culture in particular, she created an intimate and unique documentation of day-to-day life, which led to a successful career capturing the essence of the people of Aotearoa.

Aperture focuses on the start of Westra’s career in the 1960s, including one of her first publications, the controversial school bulletin, Washday at the Pa, about a rural Māori family.

Presented by Nelson Arts Festival
Proudly supported by Creative New Zealand


October 24–25


Thu 24 - 7pm; Fri 25 - 1.30pm & 7pm; 70 mins, no interval


Nelson & suburbs


The Suter Art Gallery and Theatre
208 Bridge Street, Nelson

Tickets, Bookings and Entry

Full $39, Senior $35, Under 19 $25, Group of 6+ $35pp (plus TicketDirect service fee)

Tickets from Theatre Royal, Nelson i-SITE, Richmond Mall Info Desk, all TicketDirect outlets ph. 03 548 3840, ext 1; 0800 224 224.


Additional Info

Official Website


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