Two O’Clock Tours | ASA 60th Annual Exhibition

Join us on Sunday 21 July for a tour of the Ashburton Society of Arts 60th Annual Exhibition. The annual ASA exhibition is coming to a close at the end of July, so don’t miss your chance to get a tour of all of the amazing local artworks! Come along at 2pm on Sunday 21…

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School Holiday Activities | July 2024

School holidays are here! The winter holidays are all about staying warm and dry while also having fun – so it’s the perfect time to visit the Gallery and Museum and take part in our holiday activities. Week One | 06 July – 13 July Let your imagination soar as you paint your own masterpiece…

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Curator’s Talk | Jubilee: Selected works from the Ashburton Society of Arts Collection

Join us for a tour of Jubilee: Selected works from the Ashburton Society of Arts Collection with Art Curator James Hope. This exhibition celebrates the Society’s 60th year, presenting a selection of works held in their collection. Alongside those from formative members of the Society, there are works from artists that have risen to prominence both regionally and nationally – a testament to…

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Cultural Awareness Talk | India

In this Cultural Awareness session, you will learn about Indian culture and discuss basic social protocols to help you interact with clients, whānau, and friends. Whakatere Ashburton resident Heena Shah, from West India, will lead the discussion. All are welcome!

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Talk | Ian Soper: Ashburton Domain – The Why, What and How

Grandly named The Grange on Ashburton’s first map in 1864, this fenced off area designated for recreation was largely indistinguishable from the untouched countryside around it. It wasn’t until 1877 when a newly appointed gardener began a systematic programme of planting that the area began to develop. Today known as the Ashburton Domain, it has evolved into a versatile and much loved recreational area…

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Exhibition Openings and Artist Talk

Join us for the opening of two new exhibitions featuring an artist talk by Kim Ireland, during which she will discuss her new works and provide insight into her practice. In her new exhibition Mana Māna, Kim Ireland utilises uku (clay) to produce a variety of forms that refer back to the natural shapes of the gourd in growth. This myriad of ceramics provide an analogy for…

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Art Lecture + Tour | Dr Mark Stocker

At his talk How a Kiwi Joker can create an art collection on the smell of an oily rag, art collector Mark Stocker will discuss the difference between the value and price of artworks, as well as what to buy and what not to buy. He will then take us on a tour of some of the works in Seriously Valuable Art. Dr Mark…

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Rachel Ratten | Artist Talk | Embroiderers’ Guild Opening

At the opening for The Magic of Needle and Thread, the Embroiderers’ Guild exhibition, Rachel Ratten will give a talk titled A journey from paint to thread. She will discuss her experiences with both quilting and freeform embroidery and her opposing approaches to these media. Rachel graduated with a Master of Fine Arts from University of Canterbury in 2015. A figurative painter with a deep yearning for abstraction, she…

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Creative Mends workshop

Sadly, ‘throw away’ culture has led to a noticeable drop in people learning simple clothing repair skills. As a result, many of us now lack a real understanding of the various stitching techniques and tricks used in basic fabric repairs. In this hands-on workshop we’ll encourage you take a more mindful and environmental approach to your wardrobe, you’ll learn how to:…

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Walk and Draw

In this workshop, you’ll be guided through a series of free-flowing abstract drawing techniques, inspired by different locations within Ashburton Domain, to create an experimental visual journal. Walking and drawing, without any complex thinking or making, is a great mindfulness exercise to help you be both creative and present. We welcome anyone aged 12 and over to this workshop. All materials…

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Kōwhai Mums

Kōwhai Mums is a monthly art group that caters to ethnic and migrant mums/carers, as well as newcomers to Whakatere Ashburton. While this group has an emphasis on engaging with newcomers, any mums/carers with children aged 0-5 years are welcome to attend. Sessions provide a safe and fun environment for mums/carers to relax and socialise…

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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 month. These are social sessions that encourage you to connect with others through creativity.  Be inspired to learn a new creative pastime. Sessions are free and new…

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Signs Past

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…

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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 creative and explore different materials and themes in art. AA is all about a fun, shared learning experience for all who attend. We encourage parents and grandparents…

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Caught in the Moment: Guardian photographs of 1974

Which moments in time did the Ashburton Guardian photographers capture around Hakatere Ashburton throughout 1974? A selection of photographs from our large collection of negatives will take visitors on a journey across various aspects of life in our district 50 years ago. Although some of these images were published in the daily paper, most weren’t and won’t have been seen before. Many of the photographs…

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