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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



Things to do in lockdown

April 8, 2020

We know that many people will be looking for things to do during the lockdown period and while we don’t want to overwhelm you with ideas, here are a few that we’ve been enjoying recently.

Last year our team stumbled across this amazing app called Art Set. When we invited visitors to create portraits for our interactive exhibition In your Likeness, many opted to use this great programmeIt is user friendly and is the perfect option if you are short on art supplies – all you need is a device.

We love the work of Glenn Jones, a Kiwi graphic artist who has some prints for sale in our Gallery shop.  Glenn has created a range of free, Kiwiana-themed colouring and craft activities to help pass the time on his website.

Stephen McCarthy is one of Curator/manager Shirin’s favourite designers and she was excited to share his latest project with us last week. My Lockdown Journal is free and allows you to download a collection of pages inspiring you to record your experiences during the lockdown.  There is even an option for those of you who don’t have a printer.

Our friends at the Central Art Gallery in Christchurch have created a colouring competition with a fantastic prize for the winner.  Dick Frizzell’s image Large Vase is available on Instagram or Facebook for anyone to download and colour, and the winning work will be chosen by Dick and given a print of the original work.

Of course, there is also the Big New Zealand Easter Egg Hunt which PM Jacinda Ardern told us about this week. Download the image, print and colour it in, then hang it in your window for your neighbours to hunt out! You can also email them straight to the Prime Minister and share them on social media.

If you get a chance to try some of these out, we’d love to see them! You can either email them to us at or through Facebook.

Image credits | top: Russell the cat takes a break from colouring and crafting

bottom: screen grab from the the instagram of The Central Art Gallery