Past Exhibitions

  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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