Past Exhibitions

  • 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
  • Irene Sparks ties Colour My World
    Forrester Gallery
    17 October 2015 to 29 November 2015
  • Penny Farthing Run by Frank Auger

    A selection of paintings by local artist Frank Auger.

    Forrester Gallery
    29 August 2015 to 11 October 2015
  • Burns Memorial 2015

    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
    12 September 2015 to 11 October 2015
  • Untitled 2015, Motoko Watanabe

    Motoko Watanabe is a Dunedin artist. The works on display deconstruct the weaving process by focussing on details of form and by moving beyond function.

    Forrester Gallery
    18 July 2015 to 6 September 2015
  • Bridge 8, Burns Pollock 2014

    Burns Pollock needs no introduction to the community of North Otago. He is one of our best known and loved artists. Nor does the subject matter of this exhibition need much explanation – the old bridge across the Waitaki River at Kurow.

    Forrester Gallery
    18 July 2015 to 6 September 2015
  • Cutting Nationalsozialismus. Johanna Zellmer. Photographer: Heeyoung Youn

    This exhibition explores issues of national identity and migration by ‘changing’ the status of iconic objects.

    Forrester Gallery
    18 July 2015 to 6 September 2015
  • Stanza No 3, Ioan Grigore

    New paintings based upon a poem written by Ioan Grigore. Each painting represents a stanza of the poem, which explores the different emotional bridges that we cross throughout our lives.

    Forrester Gallery
    11 July 2015 to 30 August 2015
  • Untitled, Damien McNamara

    Woodcuts of Oamaru buildings by local artist Damien McNamara. This exhibition is upstairs in our revitalised community gallery space. The community gallery is designed specifically to showcase local artists work and exhibits change every 5-6 weeks.

    Forrester Gallery
    11 July 2015 to 23 August 2015
  • Erewhon: the Book of the Machines

    An exhibition by Gavin Hipkins. To coincide with Steampunk Festival 2015 we bring this exhibition based upon a chapter in Samuel Butler’s 1872 novel ‘Erewhon’.

    Forrester Gallery
    29 May 2015 to 12 July 2015
  • What is Art For #2

    Presenting artworks created during 1914-1918. Rather than exploring the horrors of war, this art escapes to gentler pastimes and images of home.

    6 June 2015 to 12 July 2015
  • Colin Wheeler

    This summer the Forrester Gallery has enlisted the help of four local schools to co-curate an exhibition featuring works of beloved North Otago artist Colin Wheeler (1919-2012) from the Forrester Gallery permanent collection.

    Forrester Gallery
    12 December 2014 to 5 July 2015
  • Memorial Oaks

    In 1918 at the close of the World War I the President of the Oamaru Beautifying Society Dr Alexander Douglas proposed the North Otago Memorial Oaks Scheme as a tribute to the fallen.

    Forrester Gallery
    11 April 2014 to 3 July 2015
  • Jackie Margaret: paintings

    Local artist Jackie Margaret presents a series of inspired still life and botanical paintings. These works are sculptural and almost come 'alive' with movement and colour.
    Artist Talk: Tuesday 28 April, 5.30pm

    Forrester Gallery
    18 April 2015 to 31 May 2015
  • Bodytok Quartet: the human instrument archive. An interactive video and sound installation features recordings of the unique sounds people can produce using only their bodies.

    Forrester Gallery
    11 April 2015 to 24 May 2015
  • What is Art For #1

    All of the artworks in this exhibition are from the permanent collection of the Forrester Gallery.

    All ask us to think about something we might not normally think or care much about.

    Forrester Gallery
    11 April 2015 to 24 May 2015
  • Installation of Tonga ‘i Onopooni: Tonga Contemporary at the Forrester Gallery, works shown: Julian Hooper Queen, 2008 and Dagmar Dyck Which side are you on?, 2014.

    Tonga ‘i Onopooni: Tonga Contemporary consists of work by twelve Tongan artists, all of whom now live in New Zealand. The work of these artists is diverse and includes sculpture, painting, tapa, photography, and video highlighting the dynamic and outgoing nature of this Pacific nation.

    Forrester Gallery
    21 February 2015 to 6 April 2015