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Signs Past

July 6 - September 22

Signs impact our lives every day; they direct, inform, influence and advise us. Ideally, the words, symbols and graphics combine to convey a message in the form of a visually pleasing and easy to read sign.

Styles, methods and products used to create signage have changed dramatically over the past seventy years. A hand painted sign by a tradesman is now considered a work of art – a trade that flourished just forty years ago but is now largely overtaken by the age of digital signage. While illuminated signs still abound, the process of manufacture has changed.

Our Signs Past exhibition includes a selection of signage collected by the Ashburton Museum & Historical Society since the late 1950s, although many pre-date this period. These signs and honours boards showcase a sign writer’s skill in conveying a visual message (or not, in some cases). The signs vary in format but each preserve the story of a person, place or time.


July 6
September 22
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Ashburton Art Gallery and Museum
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