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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.

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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 backd...

Monday 27th May 10:00AM

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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.


3 April 2019 5:30 - 7:00pm

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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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Summer Workshop | Jub Jub Club

We will be hosting a special summer workshop on Sunday 9 December open to all Jub Jub
Club members, facilitated by local sculptor Brent Holley. Explore the world of sculpture
by carving your own little soap. Bring along a vegetable knife and take part in this special
session. Soap blocks will be provided.


09 December | 1 Session | 2:00-4:00pm

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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 ...

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

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Colour Play | Look and respond

Over the summer period we will have an interactive activity in the Gallery space, surrounded by work from the Gallery's collection. Visitors will be encouraged to look at the shapes and colour of the art in our care and make their own connections by playing with our special light box.

Programme runs | 10 December 2018 - 14 January 2019 | Daily 10am-4pm | Free for all ages

10 December 2018 - 14 January 2019

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