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Explore our exhibitions and activity programmes.

The Great Santa Hunt 2023

The Great Santa Hunt is back on at the Ashburton Art Gallery and Museum these school holidays with a special late night opening event on Wednesday 20 December,…

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Two O’Clock Tours | Chris Pole

In Crooked Spur, Chris Pole’s less traditional landscape paintings use a diagonal ‘slice’ to offset the image. Inspired by his travels through the Southern Alps, Kā Tiritiri-o-te-moana, these…

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Opening: Chris Pole, Crooked Spur | Suffrage in Stitches

Join us for the opening of two new exhibitions; Chris Pole’s Crooked Spur, and touring exhibition Suffrage in Stitches. In Crooked Spur Chris Pole has sought inspiration from…

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From Tasman Glacier to Table Service

For three Hakatere Ashburton men, Wilf Holland, Allen Kelly and Jack Pattle, an adventure awaited them at Aoraki Mt Cook in March 1958. They were tasked with cutting…

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Holiday Programme | Tagata Moana Trust

Discover the exciting world of STEM! From 10am – 2pm on Tuesday 19th and Wednesday 20th of December, join us for a day of exploring the world of…

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In Colour

In Colour is a great way to unwind and relax with like-minded people. Bring along your art and craft projects to share with others over morning tea once a…

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Suffrage in Stitches

This year, we celebrated the 130th anniversary of women’s suffrage in Aotearoa New Zealand. When the Electoral Act 1893 was passed, this landmark legislation saw New Zealand become…

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Art Addicts

Art Addicts (AA) is the Gallery’s weekly art space for kids during the school term. Wrap up your Wednesday school day and head to the AAGM to get…

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Kōwhai Mums

Kōwhai Mums is a fortnightly art group for ethnic and migrant mums/carers, as well as newcomers to Hakatere Ashburton, with children aged 0-5 years. Sessions provide a safe…

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The Great Haulage Feat 1905-06: The Removal of the Wakanui Mill

At nearly 16.5 metres tall and weighing 260 tonnes, the huge wooden Wakanui Flour Mill was hauled 10.5km from its original site at Whakanui to the corner of…

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