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Tāngata Ngāi Tahu / People of Ngāi Tahu Volume Two

Tāngata Ngāi Tahu: People of Ngāi Tahu

The recently published second volume of Tāngata Ngāi Tahu celebrates the rich and diverse lives of the people of Ngāi Tahu, profiling some fifty whānau members who have contributed to…

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Kā Huru Manu Exhibition

The Kā Huru Manu exhibition provides an insight into the Ngāi Tahu history of the Hakatere Ashburton district. Kā Huru Manu, the Ngāi Tahu Cultural Mapping Project, is…

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Art Competition for Ashburton District school students

To celebrate Māori Language Week 2022, we are making packs of Te Reo Māori flash cards to encourage the community to learn Mahika Kai.

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From Taonga to Today

Ongoing – an ever changing permanent exhibition. This object-rich exhibition is drawn from our nationally significant collection. It traces the history of the Ashburton region from nature, to…

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Art Addicts

Art Addicts

EVERY WEDNESDAY 3:00 – 4:30PM | DURING THE SCHOOL TERMS Art Addicts (AA) is the Gallery’s weekly art space for kids during the school term. Wrap up your Wednesday school…

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Dick Frizzell Two Sheds and a Power Pole 2009. Oil on canvas, purchased by the Kelliher Arts Trust 2009

Lecture: The Kelliher Paintings – a New Zealand Phenomenon

We’re thrilled to have Dr. Mark Stocker coming to Ashburton to share some of his knowledge and insight into our upcoming exhibition Rare and Unrivalled Beauty: Landscape Paintings…

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Picture a Story

Picture a Story

Come and make a fold-out picture book of a story featuring Aunt Effie from The Whistling Bull: David Elliot and Jack Lasenby exhibition. Look around the Art Gallery…

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