Futuna Chapel Open Days, Tours & Musical Performance

Futuna Chapel Open Days, Tours & Musical Performance

Open Days - 11am-3pm Monday 22 Oct to Friday 26 Oct

The Futuna Trust is pleased to open Futuna Chapel to the public from 11am to 3pm everyday during Wellington Heritage Week 2018.

Futuna Chapel, which opened in 1961, is a unique building and a landmark in the history of modernism and biculturalism in NZ architecture. It was designed by architect John Scott for the Society of Mary as a retreat chapel. It received a Gold Medal for its architect as well as the inaugural 25 Year Award from the New Zealand Institute of Architects.

In addition to the inspiring architectural design, the Chapel contains works that form an integral part of the building created by artist Jim Allen, including the Stations of the Cross, the coloured perspex windows, the light modulators above the entry doors and the carved Christ Figure.

No booking is required for the Open Days.

Tour - 3pm Saturday 27 Oct and 11am Sunday 28 Oct

A guided tour of the Chapel will start at 3:00pm on Saturday 27 October, and 11:00am on Sunday 28 October. The tour will be taken by Trust Chair and architect Nick Bevin co –editor with fellow trustee Gregory O’Brien, of the 2016 book ‘Futuna – Life of a Building’. Allow about 30 minutes for the tour.

Booking is encouraged for the guided tours. Email nickbevin@gmail.com to book.

Musical Performance by Quintessential Brass - 1:30 to 2:30pm Sunday 28 Oct

Quintessential Brass (pictured below) was formed several years ago and is made up of local brass players in the Wellington region, including Hutt Valley and Wellington Chamber Orchestras. Four of the players are local to Karori.

Quintessential Brass play a wide selection of music, from classical, to popular music such as Pirates of the Caribbean, The Beatles and jazz. The Chapel is well known to the group as it is their regular rehearsal space.

No booking is required. Seating is limited to 100 persons. Doors opens at 1:00pm.

Location: 67 Futuna Close (off Friend Street), Karori, Wellington City

Parking: Please note that there is no car parking available within Futuna Close. Please park on Friend Street.

Cost: A Koha would be appreciated but is voluntary.


The Friends of Futuna Charitable Trust

The Friends of Futuna Society has been established by the Trust with the aim of seeking membership from the national and local community to assist with the ongoing maintenance and operating costs of the chapel and gardens, support events as well as contribute to the funding of the establishment and maintenance of a Futuna Chapel/John Scott Archive.

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