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Ashburton Art Gallery

327 West St

Ashburton | 7700

P | 03 308 1133

E | info@ashburtonartgallery.org.nz

Gallery Hours

Open Daily: 10am - 4pm

Wednesday: 10am - 7pm

Closed Good Friday, Anzac Morning and Christmas day

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21 September-12 November

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David Elliot

Whether hiding in the margins or taking centre stage, animals make regular visits to
David Elliot’s imaginative world and provide ongoing visual inspiration for his stories
and illustrations.

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10 September- 5 November

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Young Country

Kerry Hines, photographs by William Williams

Young Country is a exhibition that brings together nineteenth-century photography and contemporary poetry to offer a new and often surprising view of New Zealand’s past. Combining the talents of poet, writer and researcher Kerry Hines and the photographic images of William Williams which have been reproduced by international recognised photographer Wayne Barrar.

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1 October- 5 November 2017

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Impressions

Local group exhibition

This exhibition celebrates the work of 10 local landscape painters who capture the awe-inspiring scenery of Canterbury. For these artists paintings are made on site in the traditional nature of landscape painting.

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18 January- September 2017

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Doofus a.k.a Assemble, Disassemble, Reassemble

Mark Braunias

Contemporary artist Mark Braunias has made a work directly on the foyer wall over 10 days in Jaunary. This large painting goes by the nickname ‘Doofus’

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6 August- 24 September

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Forest Lives

Anya Sinclair

Forest Lives is a solo exhibition of newly made works by Anya Sinclair which explore the forest as a fictional environment.

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17 July-10 September

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Unless

Annabel Menzies-Joyce

Taking inspiration from the much loved children’s book The Lorax by Dr. Seuss, Christchurch artist Annabel Menzies-Joyce’s solo exhibition brings together a new body of work inspired by her ongoing investigation into our natural environment and responsibility to protect it.

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6 August- 3 September

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The Joy of Stitching

Ashburton Embroiderers' Guild

This popular biennial exhibition showcases a vast selection of work from members of the Ashburton Embroiderers’ Guild. Members are invited to submit pieces which demonstrate the wide variety of styles and techniques currently being applied by embroiderers.

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4-28 July

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ASA 53RD Exhibition

Group show

This annual exhibition by the Ashburton Society of Arts, now in its 53rd year features artwork from local, national and guest artists in a variety of categories.

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21 May- 24 June

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Variations For Troubled hands

Steve Carr

Sculptor, photographer and film artist Steve Carr will  captivate local audiences with a large-scale exhibition set to take over all Gallery spaces this autumn. Variations for  Troubled Hands will bring together three projects by Carr from 2014, 2015 and 2017, and will coincide with the launch  of a new publication by the artist.

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25 March - 7 May

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Uncovered

The Ashburton Licensing Trust Collection

Recently the Gallery accepted responsibilty to store and care for a majority of artworks held by the Ashburton Licensing Trust under the conditions of a long term loan. ‘Uncovered’ brings to light a selection of works formerly seen scattered amongst the public spaces of the Ashburton Hotel.

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1 April - 7 May

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Portraits

John Badcock

Renowned Geraldine painter John Badcock will have a solo exhibition of recent portraits at the Ashburton Art Gallery this Autumn. The subject of portraiture is one that Badcocks has frequented throughout his career which spans more than 30 years.

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9 April- 7 MAy

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Faces and Places

An interactive, evolving exhibition

Join us for an exhibition which explores your unique identity and place in the world. You will be both the artist and the subject of this exhibition as we explore portraits and landscapes.

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4 March - 2 April 2017

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ZAFAA 2017

The Zonta Club of Ashburton in partnership with the Ashburton Art Gallery present a new Canterbury focused all female art award with the ‘Zonta All Female Art Award’ (ZAFAA) exhibition. 

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30 January - 26 March 2017

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The Blurred Fringes of the Hyperbolic

Michael Armstrong

With over four decades of exhibition history, South Canterbury artist Michael Armstrong will be returning to Ashburton fo a solo exhibition in 2017.

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26 February- 19 March

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Mayfield Residence

The Social

Ten members from ‘The Social’ will occupy the op shop Overflow, in Mayfield for two days. Over this time they will accumulate the materials for their exhibition and will interact with local residents. Their experiences will form the identity of their show and the objects for their installation.

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30 January - 25 February 2017

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Strange Attractor

James Robinson

Strange Attractor is an exciting body of  work by Dunedin based painter James Robinson. This exhibition brings together a selection of paintings and works on paper along with a visual diary containing additional drawings which inform the completed works.

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5 November-29 January 2017

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Yours and Ours

recent Gifts to the Gallery

Over the summer period we will be celebrating the generosity of individual donors and supporters of the Gallery through Yours and Ours, an exhibition of recent gifts to the permanent collection.

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11 December-22 January 2017

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I am / We are

Nigel Brown

Nigel Brown has been at the forefront of contemporary New Zealand painting since his emergence as an artist in the 1970s. This selection of artworks, spanning 35 years of his career so far, presents diverse subjects that are all explored in Brown’s distinctive and enduring style.

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9 October- 4 December

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Painter

Euan Macleod

Euan Macleod Painter is the first major touring exhibition of Macleod’s work on this side of the Tasman. Christchurch-born, but resident in Sydney since the early 1980s, Euan Macleod has produced a singular, remarkable and gripping body of work.

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18 September-30 October

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Everyday Things

A Video group show

This exhibition features video works that look at ordinary actions and comprises six films which highlight the strange, surprising and humorous everyday moments. It features artists Angela Tiatia, Seung Yul Oh, Daniel Von Sturmer, Steve Carr, Layne Waerea and Kate Woods.

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11 August- 25 September 2016

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Drain the swamp. Cut the wood, put up the flagpole

Cheesman, Greenbank & Youle

With strong connections to Ashburton and the wider Canterbury region, contemporary artists Jacquelyn Greenbank, Iain Cheesman and Wayne Youle join forces in a collaborative multi-disciplinary installation specifically created for the Ashburton Art Gallery.

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11 August- 25 Spetember

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Revisiting the Magic

David Elliot | The Word WItch

We will be revisiting the magic of Word Witch with a mix of seen and unseen illustrations by David. Be prepared to be spellbound and have your imagination tickled all over again.

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1 August- 11 September

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Six artist respond to the poetry of Joanna Margaret Paul

New Zealand Artists

‘Six Artists respond to the poetry of Joanna Margaret Paul’ is an exhibition of short moving image works each inspired by a selection of Paul’s poetry. This exhibition celebrates the significance of Paul’s work which offer a catalyst for a collection of new film works.

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until 3 September 2016

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Their Name Liveth

Commemorating our fallen

This project centres specifically on Mid-Canterbury soldiers who lost their lives in service to World War One.

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26 June - 24 July

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Through A Different Lens / Film Work

by Joanna Margaret Paul

This exhibition curated by Peter Todd, Through a different lens makes available a selection of 13 films by Joanna Margaret Paul which until now have had limited exposure. Joanna Margaret Paul (1955-2003) was a prolific artist with an inter-disciplinary practice.

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21 May - 25 June 2016

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Kermadec

Lines in the ocean

In May 2011 nine artists were invited to voyage upon the HMNZS Otago from Devonport Naval Base in Auckland, northward through the Kermadec region, toward the Kingdom of Tonga. The ‘seariders’ were selected because of their connection to the Pacific, through art, ancestry, upbringing and everyday life.

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21 May- 19 June

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When Worlds Collide!

Rachel Ratten

This is a solo exhibition of new work by Timaru based artists Rachel Ratten. Ratten recently completed a Masters of Fine Arts with distinction from the University of Canterbury and has spent the past three years focussing in her professional development as a painter.

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3 April-14 May

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Recent Works

Jan Chaffey

Tai Tapu artist Jan Chaffey will bring to light the fragility and beauty of our native flora and fauna in her upcoming exhibition in Ashburton. Taking inspiration from a life devoted to our “inherited environment” Chaffey explores the remarkable nature of New Zealand native plants.

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3 April-14 May

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Bosshard Browne Collection & Drawings

Jeffrey Harris

This exhibition showcases a private collection of work from one of our country’s most powerful painters, Jeffrey Harris, collected by his friend and former dealer Patricia Bosshard Browne.

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9 April - 13 May

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Yokohama Linework

Shaun Gladwell

Australian artist Shaun Gladwell work Yokohama Linework combines to unlikely disciplines skateboarding and the act of drawing. Yokohama Lineworks is a performance and video work which captures a sixteen minute journey as Gladwell skates through the street of Yokohama.

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5 March- 3 April

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Static No. 16 (fisher-yates shuffle)

Daniel Crooks

New media artist Daniel Crooks and the Chartwell Collection will be Ashburton for the first time, with Static No.16 (fisher-yates shuffle).

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30 January - 27 March 2016

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ANZAC

LAURENCE ABERHART

For more than three decades, Laurence Aberhart has been photographing World War One memorials that include a single figure in New Zealand and Australia. This exhibition commemorates the centenary of WWI.

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23 May 2015 - 18 March 2016

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The Great Bridge Brouhaha

David Elliot

Inspired by the mischievous Nor’west wind and the creation of the first Ashburton Bridge, David Elliot’s The Great Bridge Brouhaha is a temporary, site-specific drawing.

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16 January - 28 February 2016

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Bodytok Quintet

A sonicsfromscratch production

Bodytok Quintet is a compelling, interactive, five-screen portrayal of human sonic ingenuity and non-verbal expression.

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11 November 2015 - 24 January 2016

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TONGA ‘I ONOPOONI

TONGA CONTEMPORARY

The Ashburton Art Gallery is delighted to present Tonga ‘i Onopooni: Tonga Contemporary an exhibition of work by thirteen Tongan New Zealand artists toured by Pataka. From sculpture to painting, photography, video and installation, the exhibition showcases the strength and vitality of their work.

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21 November 2015 - 10 January 2016

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Matakaea, Shag Point

Robyn Webster and Bernadette Hall

Christchurch based multimedia artist Robyn Webster collaborates with writer/poet Bernadette Hall in her exhibition Matakaea, Shag Point. This show explores Webster and Hall’s uncovering and discovering of Shag Point a site which is rich in history 15km South of Moeraki.

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26 September - 15 November

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Forged

Johanna Zellmer

Jeweller Johanna Zellmer’s interest in national identities and cross-cultural matters is explored in her exhibition Forged on show at the Ashburton Art Gallery. Her work for this show is constructed from commemorative coins that reflect a period of German History.

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5 September - 3 November

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Stealing Lines: Drawing from the Collection

This exhibition showcases drawings from the collection alongside new site specific works created by two contemporary artists Michael Armstrong and Natalia Saegusa.

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1 August - 27 September

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Titokowaru’s Dilemma

Marian Maguire

The protagonist of Marian Maguire’s new print series is an impressive figure of nineteenth-century Taranaki. Titokowaru was a trained Maori tohunga but a Christian convert; an advocate of peace but an outstanding military strategist; a powerful and charismatic leader but one who lost the support of his followers.

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28 August - 20 September

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Zonta Youth Art Awards

Zonta Club Ashburton

The Zonta Club of Ashburton in conjunction with the Ashburton Art Gallery present the Zonta Youth Art Awards 2015. This exhibition promotes and supports creativity within Mid and South Canterbury by encouraging youth to express themselves artistically.

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1 - 30 August

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Spirit of Discovery

Robin Arnst

In local artist Robin Arnst’s exhibition Spirit of Discover we see the use of modern technology to capture paintings. Arnst has used a photocopier to alter the surface and visual effect of her own original paintings. This act of reworking and reprinting works opens a new direction for Arnst in this latest body of works on show.

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1 August - 23 August

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Threads In Harmony

Ashburton Embroiderers' Guild

This biennual exhibition of new works by the Ashburton Embroiderers’ Guild showcases a spectacular collaborative work that contributes to a nation wide project as well as individual works by the 35 Guild members.

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6 - 26 July

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51st ASA Exhibition

group show

This annual exhibition by the Ashburton Society of Arts, now in its 51st year features artwork from local, national and guest artists in a variety of categories.

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23 May - 26 July 2015

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Midnight Blooms

Tara Douglas

Light, colour and the obsessive cutting of paper flowers by Tara Douglas make up an installation that immerses the viewer, encasing them in a mysterious otherworldly environment.

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23 May - 24 June 2015

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Lesser-known tales

Works from the collection

Over the past 19 years The Ashburton Art Gallery has built an unique collection of work reflecting its geographical location. Each piece has a strong connection to Ashburton with a story to tell about the people, time and place.

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23 May - 24th June 2015

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Current Affairs

PHILIP TRUSTTUM

Renowned senior artist Philip Trusttum celebrates the opening of the new Ashburton Art Gallery with his opening show of recent paintings

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22 December 2013 - 9 March 2014

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Who am I?

Group show

Who Am I? is a unique and playful exhibition which focuses on identity through the art of portraiture. How someone sits in a portrait, their expression, what they are wearing, who they are with and what they are surrounded by can tell us a lot about a person.

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16 November 2013- 2 February 2014

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Henry’s Map

David Elliot

Henry is a very particular sort of pig. “A place for everything and everything in its place,” he always says. This loveable little pig will warm your heart and rekindle your love for children’s picture books.

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3 August - 15 September 2013

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All Women

Bev Short

Wellington-based photographer Bev Short has spent more than two years travelling the length and breadth of New Zealand capturing images of women who inspire her – the result is a collection of original and intimate portraits capturing the essence of Kiwi women.

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6 July - 25 August 2013

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Demolish

Ross Gray

Ross Gray is one of New Zealand’s most distinctive urban inspired artists, he is an advocate for the preservation of heritage buildings and his passion is reflected in his latest exhibition –Demolish.

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11 May - 2 June 2013

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Still/Life

Sarah Harper

Harper is a local artist who paints from her studio in Mt Somers. She explores her chosen subject with emotion and vigour. She says “My works are often a reflection of the struggle I have with the environment in which I have chosen to live. They are varied and very emotive.”

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