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Ashburton Art Gallery

327 West St

Ashburton | 7700

P | 03 308 1133

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Gallery Hours

Open Daily: 10am - 4pm

Wednesday: 10am - 7pm

Closed Good Friday, Anzac Morning and Christmas day



The Gallery provides fun and interactive learning programmes to suit school groups of all ages. School visits are tailored to meet the needs of students through facilitated discussions, hands-on activities and engagement with real art. Contact the Gallery to book your visit.




Ashburton Art Gallery and Museum is collaborating with schools and teachers this term to deliver art education workshops at the Gallery, and onsite at schools.

Under the new government guidelines, schools can now engage with workshops at the Gallery with no vaccine pass requirements.  However, should schools be unable to visit the Gallery, our Art Educator will be visiting schools to lead workshops for students to discover our exhibitions and get involved in creative projects.

All workshops are designed for students to:

–  Look at artworks featured in an exhibition and explore an artwork in depth

–  Investigate the processes artists use to make artworks

–  Make quick visual or written responses to Q&As

–  Experiment with the processes of art-making

–  Be immersed in a hands-on creative project


To make a booking please email our Art Gallery Educator Hope River at or call 308 1133, and provide the following information:

–  School name

–  Whether you would like to visit the Gallery or have our Art Educator visit you

–  Preferred date and time

–  Group size

–  Group age range

–  Learning objectives



Exhibition: The Whistling Bull | David Elliot and Jack Lasenby

Dates: Monday 25th July – Friday 19th August 2022

Suitable for: Entry-level – year 13

Time: 60-90 minutes

Students will learn the basics of illustrating their own character.

Students will take inspiration from characters in the Jack Lasenby book series Aunt Effie to develop their own characters using a range of drawing and watercolour techniques. Students will practice drawing facial expressions and poses to bring their characters to life, as well as colour, detail and environment design to cast their characters into an adventure.



painting by Michael Smither: St Bathans Diggings: Day and Night

Exhibition: Rare and Unrivalled Beauty | The Kelliher Collection

Dates: Monday 8th August – Friday 2nd October 2022

Suitable for: Entry-level – year 13

Time: 60-90 minutes

Students will design and paint a landscape poster advertising Hakatere Ashburton.

Through lively discussion and practical exercises, students will observe and identify key themes in the exhibition – mountains, rivers and waterways, harbours and oceans – and learn about the composition of a traditional landscape painting. Then using their own ideas to experiment and play with traditional ways of painting, they will make a poster promoting a natural feature unique to their local area.



Exhibition: Alchemy | Meharry and Greenfield

Dates: Monday 29th August – Friday 30th September 2022

Suitable for: Entry-level – year 13

Time: 60-90 minutes

Students will learn how natural materials expand the possibilities of art.

Taking inspiration from the earthly nature of the exhibition, students will delve into the sensory process of making paper from natural materials, as well as experiment with printmaking using clay.



Do you have an idea for a learning programme at Ashburton Art Gallery and Museum?

Our art educator can design a creative learning experience tailored to the needs and interests of your early childhood, primary and secondary school groups. Simply, contact us with your idea and we will work together to create a programme for your students.




All art materials for workshops at the Gallery and at schools will be provided unless stated otherwise. School visits will require schools to provide a projector and full classroom space.


For visiting the Gallery, we recommend organising an adult to student ratio of:

–  1:5 for Years 0-3

–  1:8 for Years 4-8

–  1:15 for Years 9-10

–  1:30 for Years 11-13

If would be helpful if teachers are able to carry a class register in the case of an emergency.

Arriving at the Gallery:

The Ashburton Art Gallery and Museum is located on 327 West Street. The Gallery is situated on the first floor and the Museum is on the ground floor. On your arrival quietly make your way up to the Gallery where you will be greeted by a Gallery staff member. Please avoid excessive lingering in the ground floor foyer. If you are planning to arrive before 10:00am, please inform a Gallery staff member so they are able to let you into the building. The doors automatically open at 10:00am. For everyone’s enjoyment please ensure that students demonstrate respect to our other visitors.

Help us protect the artwork at the gallery:

If possible we would advise leaving bags at school, however, if necessary bags can be left in the Learning Centre on arrival. Food and drink are not permitted in the Gallery spaces. However, food can be consumed in the Learning Centre area if needed. No pens or sharp objects are allowed in the Gallery spaces. Please let the Gallery staff know if you wish to photograph the artwork, teachers are more than welcome to take pictures of their students in the Gallery spaces and Learning Centre. Please emphasise to students the importance of not touching any artworks on display. We don’t mind talking and noise in the Gallery but for safety reasons, we do not allow running in the foyer or exhibition spaces.

Risk Assessment and Management (RAMs) : Please download and read.


Gallery staff love documenting school visits so please advise us if your students do not wish to be photographed.



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