Past Exhibitions

  • 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
  • The Print Laboratory welcomes: The News Network  #2

    In this exhibition Print artists from Australia and New Zealand explore current debate in modern news media about global events and conflicts and how these might be re-presented in contemporary fine art.

    Forrester Gallery
    21 April 2018 to 4 June 2018
  • Central ceiling rose, Forrester Gallery

    Purchase a limited edition fine art print for $300.

    Forrester Gallery
    20 April 2018
  • Closing: Neither Here Nor There: Eion Shanks

    Eion says about his work: I am Artist & Other. Since 2016 I have again, for the fourth time, ensconced myself in Oamaru. Painting is my way of both obscuring and giving back my ‘take’ on the world. I have done this steadily from the time I could hold a crayon.

    Forrester Gallery
    10 March 2018 to 15 April 2018
  • Mug shot, William Millner, 29 November 1907, image provided courtesy of New Zealand Police Museum.

    Find out about the invention of mug shots and the history of their use in New Zealand through our interactive exhibition. Meet some local rogues and a vagabonds in our mugshot gallery with a twist.

    Forrester Gallery
    28 October 2017 to 4 March 2018
  • WORLD GIRL IN PARIS, 2017, acrylic on gesso on board

    This exhibition features selected new works by Kakanui basedartist Peter Cleverley. Cleverley is a nationally respected and represented artist. The Forrester Gallery has supported Cleverley’s work throughout his career.

    Forrester Gallery
    9 December 2017 to 4 March 2018
  • Te Moa: Waitaki

    Moa were large flightless birds that lived in New Zealand until the 1500s. In this interactive exhibition we will answer some FAQs and discover more about the moa story in the Waitaki.

    Forrester Gallery
    14 October 2017 to 4 March 2018
  • Mary Horn, The Promised Land, 2017, Oil on canvas (detail)

    New work by Mary Horn and a retrospective of twenty years of painting.

    Forrester Gallery
    21 October 2017 to 3 December 2017
  • Georgia Webster from Weston School

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

    Forrester Gallery
    23 September 2017 to 15 October 2017
  • Wānaka - Learning in the Dark: Moana Tipa

    This exhibition features three bodies of work by two generations of art-makers; dealing with landlessness and the outcome of philosophies of political theorist John Locke.

    Image credit: Moana Tipa, Waanaka 3 (detail).

    Forrester Gallery
    5 August 2017 to 17 September 2017
  • Te Heke: Film by Bronwyn Judge

    This film records the journey of Te Maihāroa whānau and friends, in summer 2016 as they retraced the footsteps of their Pōua Great Grandfather and prophet Te Maihāroa, to celebrate 139 years since he led his people on Te Heke (1877-79). Filmed and produced by Bronwyn Judge.

    Forrester Gallery
    5 August 2017 to 17 September 2017
  • Bore to the Aquifer, 2017, oil on panel, 585x630mm

    Grant Whibley is an artist and teacher. Whibley was born in Tokoroa and raised in Whakatane. In 1997 he was awarded a Master of Fine Arts, with first class honours, from Elam School of Art in Auckland. Whibley has exhibited widely and been the recipient of several awards for his art.

    Forrester Gallery
    5 August 2017 to 17 September 2017
  •  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