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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



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.



Patterns Aplenty – designer mugs | July School Holidays

The Gallery is running a special school holiday programme for young budding artists this July break. Taking inspiration from the playful and bright patterns on display by Janna van Hasselt, Harley Peddie and the Ashburton Society of Arts, children are invited to decorate their very own mug using brightly coloured porcelain markers. Once you have created your patterns on the mug, you can take it home to bake in the oven for 90 minutes at 160C to set the design.
This programme runs from 7–22 July. A cost of $2 applies for the purchase of the mug and towards the materials. This programme is open to children aged 3 years and above. Adult supervision is required for children under the age of 13. Join us for a frenzy of fun in the holidays!
Programme runs daily | 7—22 July, daily 10am- 4pm

7-22 July

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ASA Judges Walk Through

Judge John Badcock will be discussing the works he selected to take out the top awards in the 54th Ashburton Society of Arts exhibition. Come along to hear his thoughts and gain insight into what makes an award winning work (in his eyes). John Badcock is renowned New Zealand artist based in Geraldine, South Canterbury. He has been working as a professional artist for over forty years and had over 70 solo exhibitions in this time. His accompolishments include being a finalist in the New Zealand Portrait Awards in 2000, 2002, 2004 and 2006 and the publication of a book Passing People-100 portraits which provided an in-depth look at a series of portraits he painted during 2003 and 2004. His work is held in private and public collections throughout New Zealand and internationally.

All are welcome to attend this free event at the Gallery.

July 25, 6:00- 7:00pm

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Woven Creations – Jub Jub Club

Let’s learn about the art of loom weaving and make our own woven creation to take home.

July 22, 2:00-4:00pm

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Papier mâché: PART 1 | Jub Jub Club

In this session the members will be making their own papier mâché bowls using a balloon.



5 August | 2 Sessions | 10:30am-12:30pm & 2:00-4:00pm

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Papier mâché: Part 2 | Jub Jub Club

We will be looking at the many patterns on display in our current exhibitions, and will create our own patterns to decorate our papier mâché bowls made in the previous session.

19 August | 2 Sessions | 10:30am-12:30pm & 2:00-4:00pm

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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.

The last session for the year is the 19th December 2018. AA will start back in the new year.



Every Wednesday 3:00 - 4:30pm

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In Colour, Art and Craft Club

In Colour has been reformatted for the coming year 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 upcoming sessions:

Friday 9 February, 10:30am-12:00pm

Friday 9 March, 10:30am-12:00pm

Friday 13 April,  10:30am-12:00pm

Friday 11 May, 10:30am-12:00pm

Friday 8 June, 10:30am-12:00pm

Friday 13 July, 10:30am-12:00pm

Friday 10 August, 10:30am-12:00pm

Friday 14 September, 10:30am-12:00pm

Friday 12 October, 10:30am-12:00pm

Friday 9 November, 10:30am-12:00pm

Friday 14 December, 10:30am-12:00pm

Please note due to low attendance we will no longer be hosting evening sessions on the last Wednesday of the month. However, we do hope to run a few creative workshops for adults on a Wednesday evening over winter. Please let us know if you would like to attend or run a workshop.


2nd Friday of the month, 10:30am- 12pm

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