Waitaki Arts Festival

The Waitaki community has a tradition of being bold and fearless – The biennial Waitaki Arts Festival brings together a community of creators and innovators and features an extensive programme of v

Waitaki District
15 October 2021 - 7:30pm to 24 October 2021 - 10:00pm
Image: Iverson Wylie-Taukolo, 2020, St Joseph’s School

Every year school students from around the Waitaki share their artistic talents with us.

Forrester Gallery
18 September 2021 to 25 October 2021

"Extremely well put together exhibit and beautiful building"
- Elaine, NZ (Forrester visitor book)

Image: Burns Zinefest book, Waitaki Arts Festival 2021

Join artist Rachel Fenton in a series of Zine workshops. With a focus on sharing ideas through image and text. What is a Zine? Pronounced ‘zeen’, a zine is a small artistic handmade book.

Forrester Gallery
12 October 2021 - 10:00am to 15 October 2021 - 12:00pm

"Excellent assistance, I found exactly what I wanted. Many thanks."
-Stephen (Archive visitor book)

Image: Janet Frame's Typewriter, Collection of the Waitaki Museum. Id 538

Three of New Zealand’s most significant arts figures – Janet Frame, Douglas Lilburn and Colin McCahon – were all living and attending school in Oamaru in 1931.

Forrester Gallery
18 September 2021 to 25 October 2021
Photo of an open book

Our enthusiastic Book Chat group meets on the third Tuesday of the month, 2:15pm at Oamaru Library. Come along to discuss your latest reads and get a sneak peek at our brand new books!

"A wonderful selection of inspiring art!"
- Carol, UK (Forrester visitor book)

Michael Houstoun | Rodger Fox Big Band

Two of New Zealand’s best-loved musicians – classical pianist Michael Houstoun and foremost jazz trombonist and big band leader Rodger Fox, bring their acclaimed concert series to Oamaru featuring

Oamaru Opera House
22 October 2021 - 8:00pm to 9:45pm
Collections Online

Explore our Collection The collection includes photographs, artworks, architectural drawings, natural history specimens, social history items and more.

"There are many moments in the day when I wish time could stand still and I could take the girls out of school and just hang out, with daily visits to the library"
Jan (email comment)