Every kitchen table has potential – as a place for collaborating, ruminating, creating and scheming. 

For this special Coffee and Croissants, four practitioners will share how they approach making, often around the kitchen table and through  collaboration with others. 

Each approaches their respective practice with different considerations but they are all linked through an inherent love of vibrancy, craft and making. Their work offers respite and an opportunity to create connection.

Coffee and Croissants is an ongoing series where stimulating conversation is offered for the sweet price of a coffee and croissant. A great way to start the day.

Hospitality provided by Allpress Espresso and Amano Bakery.

Coffee pouring from 10.30am and talk begins at 11am. Tickets are $8 (plus booking fees) here.


Judy Darragh ONZM is an artist renowned for her brightly coloured sculptural assemblages, collage, video, photography, and poster art. She lives and works in Tāmaki Makaurau Auckland where she has played a significant role in the development of ARTSPACE Aotearoa, artist-run spaces in Auckland such as Teststrip, and Cuckoo, has taught widely at both secondary and tertiary level, and has taken on mentorship roles for wide range of artists. 


Maungarongo (Ron) Te Kawa of Ngāti Porou has been working prolifically in the arts, community development and education across Aotearoa New Zealand for decades. Using sewing as a conduit to connect with people, his legendary workshops have given countless participants the confidence to create and express with fabric. 

Ani O’Neill makes objects and installations using craft techniques from the Pacific Islands – those around traditional costumes as well as the tivaivai, embroidery, sewing and crochet that were adapted from colonial teachings. O’Neill’s work has been experienced widely in the Pacific Islands, Australia and the United States, through objects, video, site-specific and interactive installations and workshops, as well as performance/installation with the Pacific Sisters collective. 

Layla Rudneva-Mackay makes visually and sensually seductive paintings. Her practice has progressed through sculpture, elaborately staged outdoor photography, painting her subjects and photographing them, to creating small paintings on canvas. What unites Rudneva-Mackay’s multi-dimensional practice is an exploration of colour, tone, and shape through carefully considered compositions.

Judy Darragh, Lunge and Laser Droop, both 2021, detail. Photographer: Samuel Hartnett

Ron Te Kawa, I Am Eternal Creativity, 2021, installation view at Objectspace. Photographer: Samuel Hartnett