Past Exhibitions

  •  Image credit: Nigel Brown, Nuclear Note No. 2 Have you ever felt a deep despair for the human race... Acrylic on Arches Paper, 1984, Collection of the Forrester Gallery, FG 1985.3.1

    Nigel Brown uses everyday New Zealand objects in his work to explore issues about identity and politics. A big focus for Brown is our relationship with the natural environment. His work can be personal and confrontational.

    Forrester Gallery
    18 March 2017 to 30 July 2017
  • Trish Shirley, Mirror World, Oil on board, 2017.

    Local artist and Steampunk enthusiast Trish Shirley has created a series of portraits of other Steampunk enthusiasts and participants of the annual Steampunk NZ Festival in Oamaru.

    Image credit (detail): Trish Shirley, Mirror World, Oil on board, 2017.

    Forrester Gallery
    3 June 2017 to 30 July 2017
  • Colin Wheeler: an empty street in Oamaru

    Art Historian Dr Warren Feeney has curated an exhibition to highlight his recent research into Colin Wheeler's painted street scenes of Oamaru, held in the Forrester Gallery collection.

    Forrester Gallery
    3 June 2017 to 30 July 2017
  • Woman’s jacket, Chinese, early 20th century, NOM 79/905.

    Come and view some of the extraordinarily beautiful Chinese textiles and costumes held by the North Otago Museum and find out the interesting stories about how the items came to be part of our collection.

    Forrester Gallery
    3 June 2017 to 23 July 2017

    A mixed-media essay about the artist’s move to North Otago combining her experiences of Oamaru popular culture with an exploration of the local landscape.

    Image credit (detail): Jane McEntyre, Jersey Caramel 2, 2017.

    Forrester Gallery
    20 May 2017 to 1 July 2017
  • Nigel Brown, Indigenous Propaganda, 1991, Oil on canvas

    A touring exhibition of artworks spanning the 35 year career of one of New Zealand’s leading figurative painters. The exhibition features works from the artist’s own collection on public display for the first time.

    Forrester Gallery
    1 April 2017 to 28 May 2017
  • Image credit (detail): Red Cross quilt. Circa 1917, Collection of the North Otago Museum 2015/94.

    In commemoration of ANZAC Day 2017 we are displaying the Museum’s Red Cross Quilt. It was made 100 years ago by the Ardgowan-Weston Red Cross and used in a New Zealand military hospital overseas during World War I. Mr S.J.

    Forrester Gallery
    8 April 2017 to 14 May 2017
  • Thousand leaf - Yarrow - Achillea millefolium

    A series of work celebrating the abundance of ‘misplaced’ flora and fauna growing in narrow margins of public land.

    noun: weed;
    1. a wild plant growing where it is not wanted.
    verb: weed;
    1. remove unwanted plants.

    Forrester Gallery
    4 February 2017 to 26 March 2017
  • William Williams, Figurehead of the ship Northumberland, c1880s.

    Contemporary poetry by Kerry Hines illuminates nineteenth century photographs by William Williams.

    Forrester Gallery
    19 February 2017 to 26 March 2017
  • Kakanui, Michael Armstrong, 2007. Collection of the Forrester Gallery.

    The Frances Hodgkins Fellowship was established by the University of Otago Council in 1962 to aid and encourage painters, sculptors and multi-media artists, while at the same time associating them with the life of the University and fostering an interest in the Arts within the University.

    Forrester Gallery
    25 February 2017 to 26 March 2017
  • Jenna Packer, Oamaru Purchase, 2012 Collection of the Forrester Gallery 2015.7.1

    An exhibition exploring the idea of Landscape.

    Forrester Gallery
    10 December 2016 to 12 March 2017
  • Bing Dawe, Small Fry from out of a Night sky – From the Family Galaxiidae Inanga- Galaxias, Maculatus, 2015

    Celebrating the art of small-scale sculpture with a display of contemporary medal art featuring more than 200 medals crafted by 33 New Zealand artists over the last 25 years.

    Forrester Gallery
    17 December 2016 to 12 February 2017
  • Old Friends: costume favourites from the North Otago Museum collection

    An exhibition of favourites from the costume collection selected by longstanding Museum volunteer Alison Sofield.

    Forrester Gallery
    10 December 2016 to 29 January 2017
  • Rowan Holt: Free Forms

    Free Forms draws upon an artistic language based upon architecture and craft traditions.

    15 October 2016 to 11 December 2016
  • Joshua Olley: Handle With Care

    This series of work is about care, balance and respect.
    Not just towards ourselves and our friends, but all people across all aspects of our lives.

    Forrester Gallery
    22 October 2016 to 11 December 2016
  • Waterfall, 1964, Image courtesy of theColin McCahon Research and Publication Trust.

    Colin McCahon is generally considered to be one of New Zealand’s most inventive and influential artists. The gallery collection is an intensely private insight into McCahon.

    Forrester Gallery
    15 October 2016 to 11 December 2016
  • Look Both Ways

    Look Both Ways
    Photographs by Derek Smith and Maclean Barker
    Saturday 17 September – Sunday 13 November, 2016

    Forrester Gallery
    17 September 2016 to 13 November 2016
  • Artwork by Sally Lory - Waitaki Girls High School

    Annual School Art Exhibition. Every year since 1984 the Forrester Gallery has hosted this annual exhibition of artworks created by children of the Waitaki District.

    Forrester Gallery
    10 September 2016 to 9 October 2016
  • Cultural Facility Development Elevation

    An exhibition about the progress of the Cultural Facilities Development Project. Have your say!

    Image credit: Cultural Facility Development Elevation

    Forrester Gallery
    30 July 2016 to 11 September 2016
  • Living in Ngapara - Joanna Tokona

    Flanked by giant Macrocarpa trees, we live the rural life on an acre section isolated and free. With a ram, a sheep and four chickens, we try to live out of Tāne’s gardens. Tāne has taught me that if we look after the land, the land looks after us.

    Forrester Gallery
    16 July 2016 to 4 September 2016