Culture Waitaki - Level 2 Update

Find out what is happening during Level 2 of the Covid-19 lockdown by visiting our individual pages.

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

Michele Beaufoy during Covid-19 Lockdown 2020

Michele Beaufoy is a local Oamaru artist practitioner and teacher at Ara Polytechnic in Timaru. A significant part of her practice is ceramic work (produced out of the studio at Pottery-On-Tyne).

New name and update: Waitaki Museum & Archive Te Whare Taoka o Waitaki

Along with the exciting news about moving to Level 2, we announce our new name and introduce our new brand to the Waitaki Community.

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

 Anne Marie Basquin, The Changing Oceans: Deepwater Canyons, Our Oceans Exhibition 2020

29 artists and 20 scientists collaborate to bring you artworks exploring research by scientists.

Forrester Gallery
13 June 2020 to 19 July 2020
Image: Forrester Gallery logo

The Forrester Gallery has a lot to be excited about.

Something to Look Forward To!

Stop the Press! There will be a smorgasbord of new reading coming your way during the next few months after the library reopens and listed here are just a few “tasters” to whet your appetites -

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

Image: Zuna Wright, New stone house #2, 2010,Gouache on paper, 635x982mm. Collection of the Forrester Gallery 2010.6.1

Welcome back to your place. An exhibition of works from the permanent collection of the Forrester Gallery exploring the concepts of place and identity. 

Forrester Gallery
13 June 2020 to 19 July 2020
Collections Online

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

What Staff are Reading

Lock Down Edition! Check out all the wonderful things the staff at the Waitaki District Libraries are reading while in lock down.

"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)

Vigilance Committee Minutes. Collection of Waitaki Archive 28110

The recent pandemic lockdown has been a challenging event for all of us.

Epitaph biography

Epitaph is a series of biographical sketches produced by the North Otago Museum and Archive to commemorate local identities.

Image: George O’Brien (1821 – 1888), Oamaru from Pukeuri Hill, 1872, watercolour on paper, FG1985.11.1

O’Brien was born in Ireland to an aristocratic but not wealthy family and appears to have trained as an architectural draughtsman before emigrating first to Australia and later to Dunedin in 1863.