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Ashburton Art Gallery

327 West St

Ashburton | 7700

P | 03 308 1133

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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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Weave and Wine Evening


Join us and the members Ashburton Creative Fibre for a night of weaving and wine. The ladies from Creative Fibre will have a variety of different weaving techniques set up for you to try your hand at. This evening will be a fun and a great way to socialize and learn something new and may inspire you to make a woven creation at home.

All activities are aimed at beginners and all materials will be provided.

If this hands-on activity sounds like something you are interested in,  then please RSVP by 25 March 2019 as numbers for this event are limited.

5.30 - 7pm Wednesday 27th March 2019

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Jub Jub – Artistic Response

We will be taking a closer look at the Zonta Ashburton Female Art Award exhibition and making works responding to some of the experimental artworks on display

SUNDAY 31 MARCH 2.00 – 4.o0PM

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Film Screening and Discussion Group


Truth or Consequences

The five artists selected for the 2018 CIRCUIT artists’ film commissions all use the moving image to confront the complexity and fragility of reality. Their formal techniques and topical concerns are diverse, but they all share an interest in exploring how a documentary impulse can facilitate an encounter with our shared world.

Curated by UK-based academic Dr. Erika Balsom, she says this project is  “an urgent project in our time of political and ecological emergency.”


Join us for this screening of our latest exhibition Truth or Consequences followed by a discussion and light refreshments.

Free event, All welcome


3 April 2019 5:30 - 7:00pm

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Emma Fitts Artist Talk & Afternoon Tea


With the utmost respect for those affected in yesterday’s tragic events, the Gallery, along with our Christchurch-based artist Emma Fitts have decided to postpone today’s artist talk due to take place at 2pm today.

Gallery staff will be here for anyone who wishes to come together at this time and a new date for Emma’s talk will be announced in due course.

We send our love and thoughts to every individual calling New Zealand their home and especially our Muslim communities near and far. Kia kaha.



Please join us at the Gallery for an artist talk by Emma Fitts the ZAFAA18 Premier Winner on Saturday 16th March at 2pm.

Fitts completed a Bachelor of Fine Arts at the University of Canterbury in 2002 and a Master of Fine Art from the Glasgow School of Art in 2010. Her individual practice and collaborative work as Fitts & Holderness and Victor & Hester, has seen her participate in exhibitions and residencies both nationally and internationally. Fitts returned to Christchurch in 2014 as the Olivia Spencer Bower awardee and has most recently been the McCahon House resident for winter 2018.

Fitts’s exhibition Towards Another Figure is an exhibition which draws on her research into alternative histories, storytelling, and events.  This most recent body of work has been informed by the histories of women who were overlooked or under-represented in the traditional archive. The idea of biography; the histories of architecture and textiles; and a broader social context are integral elements of her work.

This talk will be followed by an afternoon tea at the Gallery.

Free event, all welcome.


16 March 2019

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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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