Forrester Gallery Blog

Featuring thoughts and ideas from the Forrester Gallery.

  • Image:Opening Night of Ryan Moore: Grip tape & a can of paint

    The Community Gallery is situated on the first floor of the Forrester Gallery. It is a very popular exhibition space designed to support new and emerging artists of the Waitaki by offering a low charge but professional venue for displaying an art exhibition.

  • Image: circa 1905 French neo-classical design chandelier

    Work to remediate and upgrade the Forrester Gallery is continuing. The work has been detailed and complex. Externally WDC staff, with expert consultants) have carried out a full review of the exterior of the building to ensure that there is no water or damp entering the building.

  • Forrester Gallery Exterior wall with scaffold

    Dooleys Masonry team are currently on site at the Forrester Gallery carrying out repairs to the stonework.
    The Forrester Gallery will be reopening soon.

  • Forrester Gallery opening soon

    We have exciting news. A refurbished and upgraded Forrester Gallery will be reopening early 2020.
    For more information and updates visit our Facebook page and What’s on pages on our website at

  • North Otago Museum textile store

    In the past Museums often collected indiscriminately, becoming a bit like community attics. This applies right from major international museums to small regional museums such as the North Otago Museum and Archive.

  • Moa sculpture in the wonderlab 2017

    The staff at North Otago Museum and the Forrester Gallery have been working on the local moa story recently. Moa are fascinating and we have two upcoming opportunities for you to learn more.

  • Nui te Korero: Talking about Diversity

    Nui te Korero: Talking about Diversity, Wednesday 7 June 2017, Aotea Centre, Auckland.

  • Professor Richard Walters at Maheno School

    Today I was lucky to hear Professor Richard Walters talking about archaeology again. This time Maheno School had invited him in as they were studying early Maori in New Zealand, and the Treaty of Waitangi. These are my notes from his talk.

  • Museum Educators' Forum

    Last month I was lucky to get a grant from National Services Te Paerangi to attend a Museum Educators Forum. The one and a half day forum was held in Hinatore the newly renovated learning lab at Te Papa. The space was very multifunctional and transformative.

  • Elizabeth King Curator of Education with Chris Smith Curator of the W.D.Trotter Anatomy Museum at the University of Otago

    It was with a lot of excitement Jane Macknight and I met with Chris Smith the curator at the W.D Trotter Anatomy Museum on Tuesday 9 August. We found the Museum on the 2nd floor of the

  • Photograph by Wayne Barrar

    A photographic exhibition by NZ photographer Wayne Barrar.
    9 July to 4 September 2016

  • Pacific Art in the wonderlab

    Something very cool has been happening in the Forrester Gallery lately. Students from Waitaki Girls’ High School and St Kevin’s College have been visiting. It has been wonderful having the youth of Waitaki attending and performing at the openings and Artist talks.

  • Living on Raoul Island

    The following excerpt was sent to us from Ben a DOC worker on Raoul Island. He describes his work and experiences living on a volcanic Island. If you want to see more photographs from the Kermadec Islands pop up to the wonderlab.

  • Summer Holiday Programme at the Forrester Gallery

    Summer Holiday programme at the Forrester Gallery

    We had a fun week of activities from January 18 to January 22 in the community gallery. Called Miniature Mania the activities were based on Val Griffith-Jones’ current exhibition WICKED STITCH-on till 28 February.

  • wonderlab

    On Friday I made a visit to St Kevins to work with a group of year 7 students from St Josephs. Their topic was ceramics so it was very exciting that I took a tub of ceramics from the Museum's New Zealand Pottery collection.

  • The Burns Memorial Exhibition 2015

    Oh my goodness the children in North Otago have been busy making art lately! In the last few days the back room and top galleries have been getting full of work coming in for the Burns Memorial Exhibition-opening 12 September.

  • School Visits

    Jane and I have been out and about alot over the last month or so visiting schools and seeing some new countryside. It has been great meeting principals and teachers at big schools and smaller schools, from Morven to Palmerston.

  • Building Bridges

    Various types of bridges were constructed out of cardboard, pipe cleaners, pop sticks and play dough in the Gallery during the Winter Holiday Programme. The session started with a tour of Ioan Grigores THE BRIDGE exhibition.

  • Liz King

    Kia ora
    It is with great pleasure that I would like to let you know I am the new Educator for the Forrester Gallery and North Otago Museum. I am new to the role and have come from a teaching background as having taught and am still teaching Art in many Waitaki Schools.