What's on at Culture Waitaki

  • Chinese Textiles: Chloe Searle

    Join Curator Chloe Searle as she talks about the beautiful Chinese textiles currently on display at the Forrester Gallery and the fascinating stories of how they came to be in North Otago.

    Thursday 6 July, 5.30pm - Forrester Gallery

    6 July 2017 - 5:30pm
  • The New Zealand Guitar Quartet comprises four uniquely accomplished guitarists who bring an infectious energy to the concert stage.

    Oamaru Opera House
    13 July 2017 - 7:30pm to 9:15pm
  • Winter Holiday Programme

    Monday to Friday 17 - 21 July, 11am to 3pm
    Winter Drop in Holiday Programme at the wonderlab!

    17 July 2017 - 11:00am
  • 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.

    5 August 2017 - 1:00pm

Programmes

Want to improve your child's reading confidence and help them enjoy reading? Why not try reading to Ace, the Golden Lab?

Book

Our enthusiastic Book Chat group meets on the third Tuesday of the month, 2:15pm at Oamaru Library.

Come along to discuss your latest reads and get a sneak peek at our brand new books!

Bookchat

Do you love reading and finding new books to dig into?

Come along to the BookChat group at Palmerston Library! We meet the third Wednesday of the month at 2pm.

Toddler Time

Stories and music for preschoolers and parents/caregivers. Come along to our fun, free sessions at Oamaru Library, every Thursday from 10:45-11:15am.

Wriggle and Rhyme

Wriggle & Rhyme is an active movement programme for 0-2 year olds and caregivers.

Kids Book Club

Love reading and finding new books to dig into?

Children aged 7-10 have the opportunity to increase their confidence in reading aloud to a dog who loves stories called Willow.

Exhibitions

  • We have moved some of our most exciting collection items from our permanent gallery space (now closed) to our temporary gallery.

    North Otago Museum
    3 May 2016 to 30 June 2017
  • JERSEY CARAMEL: NEW DRAWINGS BY JANE MCENTYRE

    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 17 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
  •  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