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Ashburton Art Gallery

327 West St

Ashburton | 7700

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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.


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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 2019 sessions:

Friday 1st February (note different date to normal)

Friday 8th March

Friday 12th April

Friday 10th May

Friday 14th June

Friday 12th July

Friday 9th Aug

Friday 13th Sept

Friday 11th Oct

Friday 8th Nov

Friday 13th Dec





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

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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

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Jub Jub | Collagraph Portraits Part 2

SUNDAY 26 MAY| 2:00PM—4:00PM

Collagraph Portraits- Part 2

Following on from the previous session will be using the Gallery’s printing press to print the collagraph plates we made last time.

26 May 2019

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Life Drawing

Life Drawing | MONDAY 27 MAY


$10 per person (Cash only please, as all proceeds go directly to the Ashburton Society of Arts to pay for the life drawing model)

Join the Ashburton Society of Arts Life Drawing Group for a morning of portraiture among the art. The 2018 Adam Portraiture Award and our  exhibition In Your Likeness will provide the perfect backdrop for an exploration of the human body.

This session is a non-tutored group for artists interested in drawing and painting.

Our model will be dressed on this occasion, so bring along your art gear or we can supply you with basics.

Monday 27th May 10:00AM

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Jub Jub | Unusual Sculptures Part 1

SUNDAY 9 JUNE | 2:00pm—4:00pm

In this session we will be looking at Julie Humby’s exhibition A Life Less Ordinary. We will make our very own unusual sculptures inspired by everyday objects in nature. These will be made from materials such as plastic toys, wire and air dry clay.

Sunday 9 June 2019

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Friends of Gallery Day Out


We will start our trip at Miaflora Café and Garden Centre in Winchester for lunch then make our way to the Aigantighe Art Gallery in Timaru to get a sneak peek look at works in their permanent collection.
The Aigantighe holds a significant permanent collection of New Zealand, Pacific, Asian and European art works from the sixteenth century to the present day and has works by acclaimed artist’s including Olivia Spencer-Bower, Toss Woollaston, Colin McCahon, Charles Frederick Goldie and Petrus van der Velden, just to name a few. The trip will be guided by the Aigantighe’s Collection Curator, Petrena Fishburn who will speak about the significant works in her care and the stories behind some of the portraits in the collection. Petrena will also give us a rare glimpse into the storeroom of the Aigantighe and the new exhibitions on display. Weather permitting, we will also take a stroll in the sculpture garden before heading home.
Vans will leave the Gallery at 11:00am and return at 4:30pm. Seating is limited so please contact the Gallery as soon as possible to reserve your place. The cost for the trip is $20 for members and $30 for non-members. Bookings and payment can be made through the Gallery reception or via email on
Don’t miss this great opportunity to learn more about our neighbouring art gallery and the treasures to be found there.

If you would like to become a Friend of the Gallery please come in and see us.  Membership is just $30 per year and you will get invites for exhibition openings, 10% off our shop items plus more!


13 June 2019

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Celebrating Matariki

10 JUNE – 2 JULY 2019

Matariki, the Māori New Year, is a special time in Aotearoa as it signals the rising of the Matariki star cluster (also known as the Pleiades or Seven Sisters) and coincides with the end of the harvest season. About 500 stars make up the cluster, but only seven can be seen clearly with the naked eye. Traditionally, it is a time for reflection and renewal, for spending time with the whānau (family), and planning for the year ahead.

We are celebrating the reappearance of the Matariki star cluster at the Gallery by inviting visitors to make their very own woven star, to create a Matariki star cluster up our stairway.

Programme available 10 June – 2 July 2019
Free and for all ages

10 June - 2 July 2019

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Mid Canterbury Timebank Event

16 JUNE | Two Sessions | 11:00 – 12:30PM | 1.30PM – 3.00PM

Matariki Flax Star Making

The Gallery will also be celebrating Matariki with Mid Canterbury Timebank network by learning about the process of preparing hatake and making our very own flax star.
This eventis free and open to all ages. Younger children may require a helping hand.

Please pre-register for this event, by emailing

16 June 2019

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Jub Jub | Unusual Sculptures Part 2

SUNDAY 23 JUNE | 2:00pm—4:00pm

Following on from the previous session we will be painting our wonderful sculptures.

23 June 2019

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