Jane Hart: NZ Art Show Director

To celebrate the show’s 20th anniversary, the NZ Art Show is introducing some of the significant people who help shape Aotearoa’s favourite art show in a series of monthly stories. Read their stories, view their art collection and find out about the artists in their collections.

Wairarapa’s Wicked Secret

Jane Hart has been a loyal supporter of  the NZ Art Show for 15 years. She’s also one of the show’s Directors and a judge for the Brendan Foot Supersite People’s Choice Art Award.

In this month’s NZ Art Show profile. we take a peek into her home in Tauherenikau.

When you walk into Jane Hart’s home in South Wairarapa it feels like stepping back in time: to a time of classic European opulence and provincial English country charm. 

Lovingly curated with objets d’art, mementoes and curios, her home is an inspiring visual feast, and it features artworks purchased at the NZ Art Show over the years.

With her flair for elegant design and charming personality Jane exudes ‘all things good’ – food, wine, music, socialising and art. Her home has an old-world feel that is luxurious and at the same time warm, welcoming and visually inspiring – inside and out.

Jane’s design oeuvre embraces colour, texture and luxe, and she has created a welcoming place where she loves to entertain family and friends. 

Every time I walk into my home, it’s like walking into a great big hug.’

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ABOVE: images from top left featuring artworks by Justin Tate, artist unknown, Lara Gilks, Adam James, Donna-Marie Patterson, roOm, Bruce Stilwell and Pense
A glass sculpture by Richard Landers
ABOVE: A mixed media artwork Jane created herself: Sacrificial Dove.

Jane loves animals and has a wide variety of pets that have free reign of the property. She also owns a considerable collection of taxidermized animals which consists largely of her favourite animal – birds.

‘I love to be surrounded by things I love, treasures that uplift my soul and keep me centred: my family, my friends, my animals, my art, my home and all that it holds within.’

Jane has recently become co-owner of Wairapapa’s WICKED SECRET EMPORIUM – an eclectic homewares store in the old Tin Hut in Tauherenikau in South Wairarapa –

‘Interior design is the manifestation of my creativity: I love to create special spaces to inhabit.’

ABOVE: The homewares store, Wicked Secret Emporium, is a reflection of her refined and eclectic tastes, offering gorgeous collections of furniture, decor, homewares, and antiques to inspire bold and beautiful living spaces.


ABOVE: A taxidermy bird in front of an abstract painting by Richard Thurston, a fine art photographer based in Wellington.
ABOVE: Ink illustration by Rika Nagahata
Born in 1984 Osaka, Japan, Nagahata resides in Wellington and is a favourite with NZ Art Show patrons.
ABOVE: Painting by Auckland artist Tanya Blong. Based in Muriwai, Auckland, Blong’s narrative explores the state of leisure and the act of being idle
ABOVE: Our Message is Very Clear, painting by Gerry Parke. Gerry was a recipient of the NZ Art Show Richard T Nelson Emerging Artist Award in 2019. He has been invited to exhibit in the 2023 NZ Art Show as part of a new initiative in the show: NZ Art Show Alumni.
ABOVE: Two mixed media paintings by Mandy Emerson (L). Mandy won the inaugural People’s Choice Award in 2009.
ABOVE: An artwork by Dunedin artist Simon Kaan.

‘The NZ Art Show is one of my favourite events of all time and I’m immensely proud of what it achieves every year. Come and help me celebrate its 20th anniversary next year.’


Over the next weeks we’ll profile some of these artists

Adam James 
Bruce Stilwell
Donna- Marie Patterson
Gerry Parke
Jane Hart
Justin Tate

 Lara Gilks 
Mandy Emerson 
Richard Landers
Richard Thurston

Rika Nagahata 
Simon Kaan
Tanya Blong

2023 marks the show’s 20th anniversary. Come celebrate with Jane.
200 of New Zealand’s finest emerging artists will showcase new work created especially for the show

We have a special on show day tickets up till Christmas. Only $5 each. (Standard online price is $10 and price on the door is $15.


2023 marks the show’s 20th anniversary. Come celebrate with Carla.
200 of New Zealand’s finest emerging artists will showcase new work created especially for the show.
We have a special on show day tickets up till Christmas. Only $5 each. (Standard online price is $10 and price on the door is $15


Secure your tickets to the Gala Evening and enjoy the added bonus of attending the VIP Preview.
The Gala Evening is art’s biggest night out with delicious canapés,
fine wine, great beer, live music and all art for sale
At the VIP Preview be the first to meet the artists and buy art.

The NZ Art Show wishes to thank the following for their support: