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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


Opening night: Bobbie Barwell – Capturing People and Places

28 September - 18 December, 2022

Join us for the opening night Bobbie Barwell – Capturing People and Places, exploring the life, career and photographs of one of Ashburton’s earliest female photographers, ‘Bobbie’ Barwell of Barwell Studios.

Time: 6pm Wednesday 28 September

Cost: free; refreshments will be served.

A woman who was not confined by the social constructs of her time, Bobbie’s photographs capture life in Hakatere Ashburton and Te Waipounamu in the 1930s and 40s, with her passion for the outdoors shining through. Her photograph of Lake Pukaki appears to have been the inspiration for the engraving on the second series of the New Zealand five pound bank note, released in 1940. This exhibition explores this story and more, including photographic techniques, equipment, and practices in the era of Barwell Studios.

This event coincides with the opening of The Wind of the Homeland, paintings by renowned Canterbury artist Henry Lowen-Smith. More details here: The Wind of the Homeland – Henry Lowen-Smith | Ashburton Art Gallery


Image | Photographer unknown, Bobbie Barwell (right) and sister, c.1930s.