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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


Current 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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In Colour | Art and Craft Club

In Colour has been reformatted 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 ...

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

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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 different materials and themes in art. AA is all about a fun, shared learning experience for all who attend. We encourage parents and grandparents to ...

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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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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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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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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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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 | Behinds the scene’s

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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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 | 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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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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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’s

18 August 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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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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Takerei Norton | Gallery Talk


Join us for a special talk presented by Takerei Norton (Ngāi Tahu) Manager of the Ngāi Tahu Archive Team, during Māori Language Week. Since 2007 Norton has headed Kā Huru Manu, the Ngāi Tahu Cultural Mapping Project recording traditional Ngāi Tahu knowledge on the tribal Geographical Information System (GIS).

He and his colleagues are charged with lo...

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