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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



National Volunteer Week | Meet Martine

June 17, 2019

Volunteers are an integral part of the Ashburton Art Gallery and since it is National Volunteer Week 16-22 June, we are taking the opportunity to celebrate these superstars!

From Visitor Host roles, to helping with catering at event openings, to assisting with our education programmes, and sitting as members on our committee we just wouldn’t be the same without our volunteers.   We have a huge range of ages that work with us at the Gallery from 14 through to 80 years of age.  They inspire us with their creativity, generosity, energy, and passion for the Gallery on a daily basis.

We will be releasing a series of quick, fun volunteer profiles on our website and Facebook for the community to get to know our volunteers better and to celebrate Volunteer Week.


Your Name: Martine Tait

1. How long have you lived in Ashburton?  Almost ten years


2. How many cups of coffee/tea do you drink a day? One green tea, maybe two


3. What is the best present you have every received? A shiny blue ukulele


4. If you could have one super power, what would it be? Does singing count?  I’d love to be able to sing.  I think Adele is a superhero!


5. What has been your favourite exhibition the Gallery has had so far and why?  My first day was the opening of The Water Project, so that was good fun picking vinyl labels.


6. Tell us about the artwork that has had the most emotional/inspirational impact on you?  Many of Malcolm Harrison’s quilts were overwhelmingly intricate and inspirational.


7. If you were a painter what would you style and medium be?  I’d take inspiration from Kandinsky – big, colourful and geometric


8. Describe your personality in five words? Colourful, honest, sassy, open-minded and gezellig


9. What’s your favourite book? I’m enjoying The Seven Sisters series by Lucinda Riley at the moment


10. What is one item of clothing you will never throw out? My Mums orange Marimekko wedding dress


11. Where is your next holiday destination? Roxburgh for 3 whole nights!


12. Are you a cat or dog person? Dog person, but our cat Russell has other ideas