Past Exhibitions

  • Image: artwork by pupils from Weston School 2018 (age group years 6 and 7)

    The Burns Memorial Art Exhibition is always a wonderful showcase of children’s art that reflects our community and environment. Named to honour George Burns, an Oamaru born journalist with a passion for children’s’ art, it was his belief that “Art is not a luxury.

    31 August 2019 to 31 December 2019
  • Peace Parade 1919, JMBrown collection, Collection of the Waitaki District Archive 105019

    One hundred years ago on Saturday 19 July 1919 the community of Oamaru celebrated PEACE.

    Thames Street, Oamaru
    18 July 2019 to 18 September 2019
  • Image: Sharon Mitchell, from left to right, Rafiki , Simba , Zazu, 2018, mixed media.

    Self-taught Figurative Cloth Doll Artist, tutor and pattern maker Sharon Mitchell has been inspired by the story of the Lion King for her first exhibition at the Forrester Gallery. She uses human and animal figures to portray the story and express the connectivity of a community.

    Crafted, 3 Harbour Street
    26 July 2019 to 29 August 2019
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    Steampunk HQ and the Forrester Gallery combine to present an exhibition to celebrate 10 years of Steampunk in Oamaru. From award winning wearable art to portable brains this riveting show will blaze your furnace and spark your engine.

    Steampunk HQ
    11 May 2019 to 28 July 2019
  • Image: courtesy of Fanua Pereira-Ueleni

    Pasifika Treasures : a celebration of Craft and Art of the Pacific

    Culture Waitaki is coming together to support the play: Still Life with Chickens by award winning Pasifika playwright D.F Mamea, 2 - 3 April 2019 at the Oamaru Opera House.

    Oamaru Opera House
    3 April 2019 to 6 April 2019
  • Colin Wheeler

    Does everyone see the same thing? What do you see when you wander around the historic harbour area of Oamaru? Do you even really look? This exhibition features two Oamaruvians, living sixty years apart, who saw something worth capturing in photography and painting.

    Forrester Gallery
    2 February 2019 to 14 February 2019
  • Colin McCahon: from the collection

    Colin McCahon is New Zealand’s most famous modernist painter. The Forrester Gallery has a small but significant collection of works by McCahon. This exhibition features two new acquisitions to the collection kindly gifted by Ron and Margaret Parker in 2017.

    Forrester Gallery
    1 February 2019 to 2 February 2019
  • Tākaro: Play @ wonderlab

    Tākaro is a fully interactive exhibition featuring a paua shell play house, a giant puzzle, marble run, weaving and games. It will be a super place for families to visit and take visitors during summer.

    Forrester Gallery
    2 February 2019
  • Waitaki Boys' High School Senior Graphics Project

    The Senior Graphics class at Waitaki Boys’ High School was set a brief by the Mayor of Waitaki, Mr Gary Kircher, to design a premium motel concept to be situated on Friendly Bay. This exhibition displays their work, which helped the students achieve their NCEA Level 3 qualifications.

    Forrester Gallery
    12 December 2018
  • Mike O'Kane : Just Playing

    Mike O'Kane takes an ironic and reflective look at war toys; he locates scale models of war materiel into Photoshopped worlds where nobody gets hurt and nothing gets broken.

    Forrester Gallery
    6 October 2018 to 9 December 2018
  • New Perspectives on Landscape

    Hannah Joynt, Miranda Joseph, Robyn Bardas, Fiona Van Oyen and Sue Pearce are all graduates of the Dunedin School of Art, Master of Fine Arts Programme.

    Forrester Gallery
    27 October 2018 to 2 December 2018
  • Our Built Heritage

    A multi-faceted exhibition about place and the heritage buildings of Oamaru. View artworks and architectural drawings from our collection. Absorb the heritage values of the Forrester Gallery building itself.

    Forrester Gallery
    17 March 2018 to 30 November 2018
  • Winners Burns Memorial Art Exhibition 2018

    The Burns Memorial Art Exhibition is always a wonderful showcase of children’s art that reflects our community and environment. Named to honour George Burns (not Burns Pollock!) an Oamaru born journalist with a passion for children’s art. It was his belief that “Art is not a luxury.

    22 September 2018 to 22 October 2018
  • Life and Limb : Oamaru Life Drawing Group

    An exhibition of Life Drawing in the Community Gallery.

    Forrester Gallery
    4 August 2018 to 30 September 2018
  • Confidence

    An exhibition featuring recent acquisitions to the cultural collections of the Gallery, Museum and Archive.

    Forrester Gallery
    28 July 2018 to 16 September 2018
  • Bombs Away | Michele Beaufoy

    Local artist Michele Beaufoy explores the notion of harmony through balancing polarities (opposites). In this exhibition she looks at war/man versus nature.

    Image credit: Stripe versus blank, 2016/17, ceramic and porcelain paint, Bombs Away, Michele Beaufoy

    Forrester Gallery
    28 July 2018 to 16 September 2018
  • Sprocket & Gear : Elements of Steampunk

    The wonderlab presents Sprocket & Gear: Elements of Steampunk

    Forrester Gallery
    17 March 2018 to 9 September 2018
  • Quilters Lane

    An exhibition of work from the North Otago Patchers and Quilters Challenge 2017.

    Image credit: North Otago Patchers and Quilters

    Forrester Gallery
    30 June 2018 to 5 August 2018
  • Ryan Moore : Grip tape and a can of paint

    Portraits created by local artist Ryan Moore, on display in the Community Gallery. A self-taught artist, Moore has developed and refined his craft over 20 years painting on skateboards.

    Forrester Gallery
    2 June 2018 to 29 July 2018
  • Above the Long White Cloud : Whites Aviation Ltd

    In 1945 Leo White combined his love of photography and flying to establish Whites Aviation, a company that went on to change the way many New Zealanders saw the land in which they lived.

    Forrester Gallery
    9 June 2018 to 22 July 2018