Past Exhibitions

  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • Rowan Holt: Free Forms

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

    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
  • BENEATH AN ANCIENT SEA: Oamaru and the Glass Archive

    A photographic exhibition about DIATOMS by Wayne Barrar

    Depicting a fascinating link between art and science, history and imagination, this exhibition explores the DIATOMS – microscopic algae found in fossil form in North Otago deposits.

    Forrester Gallery
    9 July 2016 to 4 September 2016
  • Wonderlab: Art & Anatomy

    Winter Wonderlab
    Art and Science meet in our winter wonderlab.

    Forrester Gallery
    4 June 2016 to 28 August 2016
  • New Dreams, Old Treasures

    A display of ethnic items brought to Oamaru by migrants from their home countries.

    Brought to you by the Waitaki Multicultural Council

    7 May 2016 to 10 July 2016
  • Image: Peter Cleverley, Untitled (self portrait), 1992

    Continuing the series of exhibitions drawn from the permanent collection of the Forrester Gallery.

    21 May 2016 to 3 July 2016
  • Untitled, Watercolour on paper, Colin V Wheeler

    Colin Wheeler is an important regional artist, well known for his love and painterly documentation of our natural and built landscape. His exceptional ability and skill in observation, recording and drawing technique deserves our attention and respect.

    Forrester Gallery
    14 May 2016 to 3 July 2016