Past Exhibitions

  • 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
  • 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
  • Heavy Metal: Cast Bronze Powdered Coated Ukelele

    An exhibition of musical instruments from both 'found materials' and materials that 'appear to have lost their way'.

    Forrester Gallery
    14 May 2016 to 3 July 2016
  • Gregory O'Brien. A Poem for the Kermadecs, 2011.

    Nine artists explore the South Pacific

    Forrester Gallery
    20 February 2016 to 8 May 2016
  • Autumn Holiday Programme

    Looking for something fun to do with your friends in the second week of the holidays?

    26 April 2016 to 29 April 2016
  • Jugs 2015, David Atkinson

    After a ten year break from pottery local artist David Atkinson has returned to clay.

    Working from the studio spaces of Pottery on Tyne, David is creating new designs featuring bright modern glazes.

    Forrester Gallery
    12 March 2016 to 24 April 2016
  • Wonderlab: Art & Anatomy

    The wonderlab is open again with new programmes in support of the our current exhibition: ART & ANATOMY, highlighting Oamaru’s early medical history including the story of local business Lane’s Emulsion.

    Forrester Gallery
    12 March 2016
  • Baking for Christchurch (After Shock Series), 2012

    Val Griffith-Jones is a multi-media artist whose work is rich in colour, humour, clever observation and narrative.  She has been telling stories and responding to life events by making two and three dimensional art since the 1980s when her major public art gallery exhibition, Stuffed Stuff

    Forrester Gallery
    12 December 2015 to 28 February 2016
  • Euan Macleod, Man and Penguins, 2010

    Euan Macleod was born in Christchurch and trained at the Canterbury School of Art.  Based in Sydney Macleod constantly returns to New Zealand to make art. This exhibition features works inspired by the Bay of Plenty, Lyttelton Harbour, the Southern Alps, and the Australian landscape.

    Forrester Gallery
    12 December 2015 to 7 February 2016
  • Sophora microphylla by Jo Ogier

    Botanical Art

    The Botanical Art Society of New Zealand introduces ‘The Canterbury Plains Florilegium Exhibition’ consisting of 26 artworks by 14 artists of indigenous plants of New Zealand.

    Forrester Gallery
    17 October 2015 to 6 December 2015