What's on at Culture Waitaki

  • Discovery Squad

    Morning session 10am–12noon; afternoon session 1pm–3pm,
    Thursday 4 October
    Forrester Gallery
    Gods and Goddesses of the Ancient World

    4 October 2018 - 10:00am
  • Author Talk: Noel Crawford

    Author Noel Crawford will present his research into the foresight and management of the Scottish-owned New Zealand and Australian Land Company which bought very large areas of farmland in the South

    Oamaru Library
    10 October 2018 - 6:00pm
  • Spring Holiday Fun at the Forrester

    The wonderlab is excited to launch PROJECT O.M.E (Oamaru Mortal Engine). Inspried by Peter Jackson’s new film Mortal Engines, our aim is to create the O.M.E Guard, and you can be one of the first recruits!

    8 October 2018 - 11:00am
  • MHAW with the Waitaki Multicultural Community


    Oamaru Library
    11 October 2018 - 6:00pm
  • Filming the Colonial Past

    Filming the Colonial Past, an engaging new book from Annabel Cooper, tells a story of filmmakers’ fascination with these conflicts over the past 90 years.

    Oamaru Library
    16 October 2018 - 6:00pm
  • Decadia Lunchtime Concert

    Decadia are Victoria van der Spek and Helen Beckingsale (violins), Mary Haig (viola) and Helen McCulloch (cello).

    Oamaru Library
    26 October 2018 - 12:00pm
  • The Invading Sea

    Coastal hazards and climate change in New Zealand.

    Oamaru Library
    30 October 2018 - 6:00pm
  • Artist's Talk - New Perspectives on Landscape

    Hannah Joynt, Miranda Joseph, Robyn Bardas, Fiona Van Oyen and Sue Pearce are all graduates of the Dunedin School of Art, Master of Fine Arts Programme.

    30 October 2018 - 5:30pm


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


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!


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.

Genealogy Help

Interested to know more about your family? Join others and learn from the experts.

Learn how to record family information.

Need help researching your ancestors?

Kids Book Club

Love reading and finding new books to dig into?

Mad about Lego? Join the Lego Club at Oamaru Library!
Ages 7 and up. Limited places available.

Puzzle Club

Love to do jigsaw puzzles and want to meet others?

Come to the Community Space at the Oamaru Library, keep warm this winter and indulge your passion in puzzling.

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. No session July 12.

Wriggle and Rhyme

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

It runs Fridays during term times from 10:30-11:00am at The Oamaru Opera House.


  • Life and Limb : Oamaru Life Drawing Group

    An exhibition of Life Drawing in the Community Gallery.

    Forrester Gallery
    4 August 2018 to 30 September 2018
  • Winners Burns Memorial Art Exhibition 2018

    The Burns Memorial Art Exhibition is always a wonderful showcase of children’s art that reflects our community and environment. Named to honour George Burns (not Burns Pollock!) an Oamaru born journalist with a passion for children’s art. It was his belief that “Art is not a luxury.

    22 September 2018 to 22 October 2018
  • Our temporary gallery is open and features The Willetts’ Collection.

    North Otago Museum
    3 May 2016 to 31 October 2018
  • Our Built Heritage

    A multi-faceted exhibition about place and the heritage buildings of Oamaru. View artworks and architectural drawings from our collection. Absorb the heritage values of the Forrester Gallery building itself.

    Forrester Gallery
    17 March 2018 to 30 November 2018
  • New Perspectives on Landscape

    Hannah Joynt, Miranda Joseph, Robyn Bardas, Fiona Van Oyen and Sue Pearce are all graduates of the Dunedin School of Art, Master of Fine Arts Programme.

    Forrester Gallery
    27 October 2018 to 2 December 2018
  • Mike O'Kane : Just Playing

    Mike O'Kane takes an ironic and reflective look at war toys; he locates scale models of war materiel into Photoshopped worlds where nobody gets hurt and nothing gets broken.

    Forrester Gallery
    6 October 2018 to 9 December 2018