Close quick menu

Ashburton Art Gallery

327 West St

Ashburton | 7700

P | 03 308 1133

E |

Gallery Hours

Open Daily: 10am - 4pm

Wednesday: 10am - 7pm

Closed Good Friday, Anzac Morning and Christmas day


Current Events

The Gallery extends its exhibition programme through a diverse range of events and activities that are designed to enrich your experience of visual discovery. Our public programmes range from workshops to artist talks and include guided tours and film screenings.



Crews Clues – A Summer Art Gallery Trail

Ahoy, Mateys!

We want you to join our 10 Snark crewmen and board our ship to hunt the illusive Snark.

Our crew have left weird and wonderful clues around town for you to find which will lead you to an amazing loot and a chance to win a special work of art.

Head to the Art Gallery to start your adventure!

1st January 2019 - 10 February 2019

Read More

David Elliot Literary Invite

In conjunction with this exhibition in the New Year we wish to invite all book, poetry and writing groups to explore with literary-inspired exhibition and wonderful work of David Elliot and Lewis Carroll.  You are invited along for a social gathering at the Gallery to view and discuss this exhibition as a group.

Please get in touch to find out more and to make a booking.


5 November - 10 February 2019

Read More

Hunting For the Snark | Drawing Competition

Have you gone hunting for the Snark yet? Look through the “evidence” presented in David Elliot’s exhibition Snark: A Victorian Odyssey to investigate what really happened on the Snark expedition. See if you can find out the truth and work out what the mysterious Snark really looks like. You can have a go at drawing your own Snark and enter our summer competition.

David will judge and view all the works entered, and for his favourite there will be signed copies of his book Snark and his most recent publication Oink up for grabs. All drawings entered will be on display at the Gallery for all to see. The winning images will grace the Gallery newsletter, website and social media oulets.

Programme runs | 10 December 2018 – 10 February 2019 | Daily 10am- 4pm | Free for all ages

10 December 2018- 10 February 2019

Read More
David talk

Lewis Carroll Inspired Talk

Join David Elliot for a Lewis Carroll inspired talk here at the Gallery at 11am on February 8th 2019.

Although Lewis Carroll is best known as the author of Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland(1865) and Through the Looking-Glass (1871),  he was also an avid reader and writer of poetry.  His own poems were varied – some just humorous nonsense, some filled with hidden meanings, and some serious poems about love and life.

David’s talk will expand on his love of Lewis Carroll’s poems The Hunting of the Snark and Jabberwocky.  He will also delve more into the history of this wonderful English writer.


11am 8 February 2019

Read More
school holidays_general_main

School Holidays | Hands-on Activities

Over the school holiday periods the Gallery offers hands-on activities for all ages. These happen each holiday period and are run in conjunctions with the exhibitions on display. In most cases these are drop-in activities which will run daily between 10am-4pm. No booking is requires just pop in for some holiday fun! Get in touch with the Gallery for more information on upcoming holiday programmes or subscribe to our mailing list to stay in touch.

During school holiday periods | drop-in 10am-4pm

Read More

Art addicts

Art Addicts (AA) is the Gallery’s weekly art space for kids during the school term. Wrap up your Wednesday school day and head to the AAG to get creative and explore themes in art. A great space for children to interact and learn from each other in a safe and facilitated environment. Children of all ages welcome. Donations appreciated.

AA will start back on Wednesday 13th February 2019 from 3.00 – 4.30pm


Every Wednesday 3:00 - 4:30pm

Read More
jub jub watercolour wonders main

In Colour | Art and Craft Club

In Colour has been reformatted and is not only for adults interested in colouring-in but also a great making space to unleash your creativity. Bring along your art and craft projects to share with others over morning tea once a month.

These are social sessions which encourage you to connect with others through creativity.  Be inspired to learn a new creative pastime. Sessions are free and new members are always welcome.

The Gallery will supply basic colouring-in sheets and colouring-in materials, along with tea and coffee. Those attending are encouraged to bring along their own materials and projects. Sessions are held on the second Friday of the month between 10:30am-12:00pm.

Dates for upcoming sessions:

Friday 1st February 2019, 10:30am-12:00pm



2nd Friday of the month, 10:30am- 12pm

Read More