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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



Lockdown chat with David Elliot

April 2, 2020

We seriously miss being in our Gallery and showing the wonderful art that our phenomenal NZ artists create. Its hard on us, and we know it’s hard on you too. In hopes of keeping you connected to art and those that create it, we are going to do a series of posts to bring the artists to you. First up we have our favourite artist and illustrator, the ever-imaginative and creative David Elliot:

Hello from Port Chalmers

I hope everyone is well and keeping safe up there in Ashburton.

We’re doing fine down here in Port Chalmers. My wife Gillian’s gallery – The Flying Whale – is now closed of course, but we are lucky to live in such a friendly community, in such a beautiful place by the sea. So, we can’t complain.

A while ago I decided to put books on hold for a while and work on smaller projects. Many of my ideas over the years have come from living where I do, by the Dunedin Harbour and involve landmarks or stories that have caught my imagination. I thought it might be fun to explore these ideas a bit more cohesively. This lockdown environment we are all experiencing seems to make that focus more pertinent somehow.

Every now and then a more direct response to what is going on appears on my drawing pad, like this picture of a little round lady gardening. (The gardens around Port are looking unusually tidy right now!) We pin these whimsical pictures on the notice board of our local 4 Square supermarket to cheer people up. I hope you enjoy this too!

Take care and best wishes

David Elliot