Britomart Highlights this week – Thursday 14 March to Thursday 21 March

St Patrick’s Day Eve is the new St Patrick’s Day / A short-and-sweet pop-up art show / Fresh kicks for all occasions


St Patricks Day is kicking off early at Britomart’s “Little Ireland” pop-up in Roukai Lane. This Saturday night, there’s a St Paddy’s Day Eve party at Racket bar – sorry, the “Irish Boilermaker Room”, as it’s currently known – with food and liquor specials, and a crew of DJs. If you’re a fan of Jamesons and dancing a jig, you’ll want to be there. Otherwise, you could down a dark ale from the ever-changing on-tap menu at The Chamberlain, choose one of 102 local and imported beers at Brew on Quay, or attack a Macs on tap at the Northern Steamship Company.

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Here’s another reason to Thank God It’s Friday tomorrow – until the end of March, you can work out for free at Les Mills every Friday. That’s all circuits, all group classes and all HIIT workouts, no charge, gratis, zip, nada. Just put on your workout gear and grab a towel, and you’ll be ready to test-drive the classes or equipment that best suits your fitness goals for the coming season.

Dane Mitchell is one of New Zealand’s most interesting contemporary artists, and the country’s representative at the Venice Biennale, the international art show opening in the dreamy Italian city in May. Mitchell creates art that compels viewers to think about how the world works. We’re delighted to host (along with Hopkinson Mossman Gallery) a short exhibition of works from his Dust Archive series in the space above Amano this Friday 15 March (12-6) and Saturday (12-4). The 10 works, including Dust Archive (The National Museum of Oslo) (above), are photographs of dust samples collected from museums around the world and placed in Petri dishes, allowing bacterial moulds to grow. They’re printed large (800mm x 800mm) and make for a spectacular show. Don’t miss it

If you haven’t yet checked out Jermaine Dean’s Works on Paper series of images along our Customs St East construction hoardings, make time this week! Soon we’ll be putting up a new series by artist Janet Lilo, whose banana lightbox works on Karangahape Road might be familiar to some. For Britomart, she’s created a series of works made of masking tape, like the one above. We can’t wait to unveil them.

Did you know you can use up to 1GB of free Wi-fi at Britomart every day? That’s right – you don’t have to use up your precious data allocation while you surf social media on your lunch break. Just search for our Wi-Fi whenever you’re in the precinct, accept the standard terms and conditions that pop up in your browser, make yourself comfortable anywhere in Britomart’s public spaces, and you’re good to surf!

We’re suckers for a good love story, and Westpac multi-channel specialist / NZ Falcons rugby rep Daniel Neas has got a great one. Actually, he’s got great stories about what he used to do before his current job and whose body he’d like to wake up in as well. Click through to find out where he likes to eat at Britomart, as well as his strategy to get a ring put on it.

The British have perfected the art of slightly unruly charm, so the latest collection from Jo Malone London, Wildflowers and Weeds, is based on the untamed beauty of English rural riverside botany. The collection includes Lupin & Patchouli, Cade & Cedarwood, Hemlock & Bergamot, Nettle & Wild Achillea and Willow & Amber, sold singly or in boxed sets of two or five.

Refined and angular, the new women’s Sleek silhouette ($150) from Adidas Originals comes in a range of smooth-grained leather colour combos that could reasonably pair with everything from jeans to a ball gown. Adidas collaborated with multi-talented photographer / director / feminist Petra Collins on the campaign that’s based around the concept of self-expression.