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

"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)

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Local Legends from Ngāi Tahu - a free session presented by Justin Tipa. Kaiwhahahaere o te Rūnanga o Moeraki

The Scottish Hall, 10 Tyne Street, Oāmaru
20 October 2021 - 6:00pm to 7:15pm
Image: (detail) Salt crystal (Janubio #1), 2020, Wayne Barrar

Maritime–trace–exposure is an exhibition by the artists group An Architecture of the Sea.

Forrester Gallery | Main & Side Galleries
30 October 2021 to 7 February 2022

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

Image: no 8. ...And the wind became water, the water became gold, and the gold, became wind. Oil on canvas, Ioan Grigore

Local artist Ioan Grigore’s latest exhibition Talking to Myself is all about one of his personal journeys.

Forrester Gallery | Community Gallery
30 October 2021 to 5 December 2021
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
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Nau mai, haere mai ki a koutou katoa! There will be four free public sessions with kaiako Sophia Leon De La Barra, Thursday from 1-2.30pm in the Scottish Hall on the following dates:

The Scottish Hall, 10 Tyne Street, Oāmaru
28 October 2021 - 1:00pm to 9 December 2021 - 2:30pm

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

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
Image: Me and the World, Dave Hope

Dave Hope is a self-taught, self-educated mixed media artist. This solo show is about life’s big questions, and the fine line between chaos and sanity.

Free entry.

Forrester Gallery | Community Gallery
30 October 2021 to 5 December 2021
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
Collections Online

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

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

Photo of an open book

Not on until Level 1: Our enthusiastic Book Chat group meets on the third Tuesday of the month, 2:15pm at Oamaru Library.