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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


Past 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.

Creative Jam Sessions | School Holiday Activity

Inspired by the exhibition Drawn to Sound, we’ll be drawing and creating art to the beat of the music! We’ll have music composed
by Jane Venis playing throughout the day to stimulate your artistic side, and all the supplies you need to create a work of art like those of Hannah Joynt.

These musical creations will then be turned into small artworks that will be available to purchase for $2 f...

19 December 2019 - 20 February 2020

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Summer Art Seekers | School Holiday Activity

Our summer exhibitions are all about locations, landscape and place. We are inviting you to take the challenge of finding special locations around Ashburton and collect arty 'evidence' of you being there. Each location has it's own unique evidence to collect.

Spend the afternoon completing the challenges, or complete them over a few days. When you’re done, drop your entries back at the Art G...

19 December 2019 - 20 February 2020

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jub jub | Screen Printing

In this session, members will learn the art of screen-printing by making their very own screens to print with and coming up with a design to print on  tote bag to take home.

09 February 2020

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film fundraiser | van Gogh and Japan


With support from Regent Cinema, the committee will be hosting a film fundraising night for a maximum of 100 people.

The film, Van Gogh & Japan, journeys from the critically acclaimed exhibition at the Van Gogh Museum, Amsterdam, to the beauty of Provence and the enigma of Japan itself. Featuring van Gogh’s personal letters and written accounts by friends and contemp...

14 February 2020

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Jub Jub | The end

In this session we will be looking at David Rickard's exhibition Echoes from the Sound Barrier and creating an artwork inspired by the works on display.


1:30 PM – 3:30 PM

26 January 2020

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gelli prints | Adult workshop

Running in conjunction with The Small Print 2019 exhibition, we will be hosting an adult workshop in printmaking.
Join us for a Sunday afternoon of fun, making prints with gelatin plates (also known as gelli plates). This is a quick and playful process and is perfect for those who are complete beginners to printmaking.

This session will be run by staff member Simone, who will gui...

02 February 2020

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David Rickard | echoes from the sound barrier |Exhibition opening

Contemporary artist David Rickard returns home for a solo exhibition in Ashburton. Echoes from the Sound Barrier will bring together new works made during 2018 and 2019, including a number of new pieces made in New Zealand specifically for this exhibition.

While in Ashburton, Rickard will also be creating a site specific work for the entrance wall of the Art Gallery.

David Rickard will be in...

27 November 2019

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Muka Youth Prints Exhibition

No Adults Allowed! | Monday 18th November 1:00pm - 6:00pm

This unique travelling exhibition for young people is back at the gallery with a collection of original lithographs which can only be viewed and purchased by those aged 5-18years. Unframed works $75, framed $155. See the Muka Prints website for more information.

18 November 2019

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Debbie Lambert | Nature Revealed | Exhibition Opening

Local painter Debbie Lambert’s solo exhibition Nature Revealed has been two years in the making and captures the remote view of the mid-Canterbury landscape and further afar. Through the expansive oil paintings on show we can trace the artist’s journey to snow-capped peaks, lush bush and winding rivers.

As part of the opening formalities Debbie will share tales of her adventures ...

13 November 2019

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Jub Jub | Plein Air Painting

Members will be working on creating their own painting inspired by the glorious colours and patterns of Trott’s Garden. This session will take place at Trott’s Garden and will run slightly
longer than usual, be sure to bring along some snacks! We will also have local artist Debbie Lambert joining us to help. Finished works will be on display at the Trott’s Garden annual open
day on t...

10 November 2019

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Jub Jub | Trott’s Garden Open Day

Bring the family along to check out your exhibition at Trott’s Garden, anytime during the open day. You could even bring a picnic!

24 November 2019

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Draw & Play | Creative Learning for 2-5 years


Come along and get creative with your preschooler. We will be making an artwork inspired by our current exhibition Drawn to Sound. You can stay for as long or as short as you like.
Prams, food, babies, siblings, caregivers and grandparents are all welcome.

11 December 2019

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Jub Jub | Abstraction

We will be looking at James Robinson’s work that is currently on display and will experiment with making our own abstract painting.

27 October 2019

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Jub Jub | Plein Air Painting

(Note: Rain day is 10 November)
Members will be working on creating their own painting inspired by the glorious colours and patterns of Trott’s Garden. This session will take place at Trott’s Garden and will run slightly
longer than usual, be sure to bring along some snacks! We will also have local artist Debbie Lambert joining us to help. Finished works will be on display at the Trott...

13 October 2019

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Glass Jewellery Workshop for Adults

Due to popular demand we are running an adult workshop with local glass artist Tash Sim. You will learn how to cut glass and make a unique piece of jewellery. She will then take your creations back to her studio to fuse the glass in her kiln.
There will also be some wine and cheese on hand during the workshop.
There are only 20 spaces available for this special class.
Bookings are essential. To...

25 September 2019

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Takerei Norton | Gallery Talk


To celebrate Māori Language Week, the Ashburton Art Gallery warmly invites you to join us for a special talk by Takerei Norton, Manager of the Ngāi Tahu Archive Team, on Kā Huru Manu - the Ngāi Tahu Cultural Mapping Project.

Kā Huru Manu is a Ngāi Tahu digital atlas ( dedicated to recording and mapping traditional Māori place na...


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Jub Jub | Typography

15 SEPTEMBER 2:00- 4:00pm

In this session we will be taking a closer look at our current exhibition AEIOU: Tūhurahia te arapū Māori which explore the 15 letters of the Māori alphabet. Members will get the opportunity to explore NZ motifs, symbols and Māori patterns and create their own large scale decorative letter.

15 September 2019

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Māori Language Week

September 9 - 15 is Te Wiki o te Reo Māori and we're celebrating with a set of funky flashcards illustrating some basic Māori words with artworks from the collection.

Keep an eye out for them around town, or pop into the Gallery to collect the set!


9-15 September 2019

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Jub Jub | Various Stitches

1 SEPTEMBER | 2:00-4:00pm

In this special session, artists from the Embroiderers’ Guild will teach members about various types of stitching. Members will get the opportunity to take their creation home.

1 September 2019

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Gathering of Threads – Exhibition Opening


Ashburton Art Gallery will be hosting the opening of the Ashburton Embroiderers' Guild new exhibition Gathering of Threads, comprising of beautiful embroidery pieces created by local members.

The opening formalities will be followed by a talk by Claire Orbell, from Toitu Otago Settlers Museum, and an afternoon tea.

Gathering of Threads will be on...

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Jub Jub | Poi Making

18 AUGUST | 2:00 - 4:00PM

In this session members will get the opportunity to make their own set of poi

18 August 2019

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Jub Jub | Modelling Animals

4 AUGUST| 2:00-4:00pm

In this session we will be sculpting our own farm inspired animals using clay.

4 August 2019

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Animal Mobiles | July School Holiday Programme

6 JULY- 21 JULY 2019 | 10:00AM - 4:00PM

The Gallery is running a special holiday programme these July school holidays. Taking inspiration from the depiction of animals on display in the Ashburton Society of Arts exhibition, children and adults will be able to make their very own animal mobile or add to the community mobile which will be hung in the Gallery.

This programme is open to children...

6 July - 21 July 2019

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Jub Jub | Gelli Prints

21 JULY | 2:00-4:00pm

We will be exploring making mono prints. Monoprinting is the process of creating individual prints. We making our by using a gelli plate which is made from gelatin.

21 July 2019

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Marjan Verstappen | Opening and Artist Talk

10 JULY 2019 | 6:00PM

Please join us for the opening of Atlas to Nowhere by Marjan Verstappen.  Free event, all welcome.

Verstappen explores concepts of mystery, truth, and how narratives about a place can be woven through objects and drawings. Atlas to Nowhere brings together a new body of work drawn from the mid Canterbury landscape and the histories and documents held ...

10 July 2019

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Jub Jub | Behinds the scenes

7 JULY | 2:00-4:00pm

In this session members will get a sneak peek at our upcoming exhibition Atlas of Nowhere and will get opportunity to meet the artist Marjan Verstappen. We will then be creating an artwork inspired by her exhibition.

7 July 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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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 harakeke 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 in...

16 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...

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 tim...

10 June - 2 July 2019

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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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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 backd...

Monday 27th May 10:00AM

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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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Artist Floor Talk | Julie Humby

SUNDAY 19 MAY | 2:00PM

The Gallery will be hosting a free artist floor talk on Sunday 19th May at 2:00pm to celebrate Julie Humby’s solo exhibition A Life Less Ordinary.

Join us as Julie discusses her fascinating research towards her Master of Fine Arts and the growing interest in cabinets of curiosity. The natural world, evolution, mythology and the classification of creatures ...

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Jub Jub | Collagraph Portraits Part 1

SUNDAY 12 MAY | 2:00PM—4:00PM

Collagraph Portraits – Part 1

A Collagraph print is one made from a plate collaged with different textures such as bubble wrap, foam, string etc. In this session we will be making a fun portrait using this form of printmaking.

Sunday 12 May 2019

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Film Fundraiser | Red Joan


With support from Regent Cinema, the committee will be hosting a film fundraising night for a maximum of 100 people. Their remaining target of $3,000 will need to be reached by the end of June 2019 and will go towards the operational fund of the Gallery.
The film, Red Joan is a British spy drama inspired by the life of British civil servant Melita Norwood (Joan Stanley ...

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Jub Jub – Contribute

SUNDAY 28 APRIL | 2:00pm—4:00pm

Explore our interactive exhibition In Your Likeness designed especially for our community.  Staff member Alex and regular volunteer Kaitlin we assist you to have a go at adding your mark to the evolving exhibition.



Sunday 28 April

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Medals of Courage – Hands on Activity


Commemorate the courage of our servicemen and women this ANZAC by making a commemorative medal for one of the hero’s of our district. All finished medals can be placed alongside the names on the Baring Square East cenotaph which is just down the road from the Gallery. All materials are supplied along with simple step-by-step instructions.

24 April - 25 April 2019

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Jub Jub – Body of Work

SUNDAY 14 APRIL | 2:00PM—4:00PM

In this session we will be working together to create a large scale group portrait using your silhouettes as a starting point to create a colourful and cheerful painting.

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Making DIY Stamps | School Holiday Programme


The Gallery is running a special school holiday programme for young budding artists these April school holidays taking inspiration from the Adam Portraiture Award. Children are invited to make their very own set of stamps to create an expressive face. This is a great activity for all ages. The faces are created using simple shapes and blocks...

13 April - 28 April 2019

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Emma Fitts Artist Talk & Afternoon Tea

NEW DATE | Saturday 6th April | 2pm


Please join us at the Gallery for an artist talk by Emma Fitts the ZAFAA18 Premier Winner on Saturday 6 April  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 & Holdern...

16 March 2019

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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.


3 April 2019 5:30 - 7:00pm

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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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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

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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 v...

10 December 2018- 10 February 2019

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Jub Jub Club – Colour + Paint

Colour + Paint will be the first Jub Jub session of the year!
17 February| 2:00pm- 4:00pm
We will be looking at Sandra Hussey's exhibition Fluid Scapes. Members will get the opportunity to create their own abstract painting on stretched canvas.  Don't forget your badges and also to RSVP to

17 February 2019

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Children’s Day

This year Children’s Day is on Sunday 3 March.  Join in the fun and come along to the Plains Railway Station anytime between 10:30am and 2:30pm, where you will find us getting crafty and running a variety of sessions. There will be a great selection of free activities to suit everyone’s interests! (This is not a Jub Jub session. Parental supervision is required).

Sunday 3 March 2019

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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 w...

5.30 - 7pm Wednesday 27th March 2019

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Guided Tour of Clive Humphreys

Please join us for a guided tour for Clive Humphreys The Process of Place.

Our Front of House Co-ordinator Alex Armstrong will give you an incite into the techniques that Humprey's uses for his work, as well as more details about his background and involvement in the New Zealand art scene.



This will be the final week for this show a...

11am Monday February 11 2019

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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

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Jub Jub – Tie Dying

In this session we will be looking at Emma Fitts exhibition and experimenting with dying fabric

Sunday 17 March 2.00pm - 4.00pm

Sunday 17 March 2019

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David Elliot Talk

Join us for a special talk by celebrated Ashburton writer and illustrator David Elliot at 11am on February 8, 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 so...

11am 8 February 2019

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