Forrester Gallery Blog
Featuring thoughts and ideas from the Forrester Gallery.
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.
Dooleys Masonry team are currently on site at the Forrester Gallery carrying out repairs to the stonework.
The Forrester Gallery will be reopening soon.
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.
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, Wednesday 7 June 2017, Aotea Centre, Auckland.
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.
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.
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
A photographic exhibition by NZ photographer Wayne Barrar.
9 July to 4 September 2016
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
After more than 30 years and hundreds of thousands of visitors the Forrester Gallery street level space and stairway are to receive a well-earned facelift in keeping with the heritage value of the Category 1 listed, RA Lawson designed building.