Past Exhibitions

Abstractions - Works from the Aigantighe Collection

29 June - 11 August

This exhibition highlights abstract paintings and sculptures from the Aigantighe Art Gallery's permanent collection from the late 1950's to the early 1980's. The exhibition includes works by Colin McCahon, Melvin Day and Russell Clark.

Reinventing the Peel

Glenn Burrell

29 June - 11 August

In the Main Gallery, Wellington based artist, Glenn Burrell, has pushed the boundaries of what a painting can or should be in re-creating everyday objects using layers of paint.

Biomorphic Oxidation

Robert Westaway

4 May - 2 June

Robert Westaway's exhibition comprises of several large scale abstract paintings. Each is created through an experimental process wherein Westaway mixes traditional paint media with chemical and organic substances. These components react with one another,  to create an array of colours, forms and patterns. Westaway’s patterns often resemble living organisms or active chemical compounds such as rust, acid, smoke, fungi and moss.

To Whom It May Concern,

Brian High

11 May - 2 June

Local artist Brian High’s latest exhibition, is an immersive and mesmerising video installation, which explores the beauty of nature and the rapidly changing landscape that surrounds us all.

SMER SMER (스멀스멀)

Hanna Shim

16 March - 5 May

SMER SMER (스멀스멀) is a Korean onomatopoeic word for ‘slowly growing/approaching’ or a ‘bug crawling’ sound.

This exhibition presents the viewer with a suite of surprising sculptures based on bacteria, fungus, plankton, jellyfish and bugs. These large rambling and delightful objects are made of fabric and fibre, soft materials which are typically associated with maternal, homely and domestic qualities.

In contrast to the softness of the materials Shim’s soft sculptures challenge the hard-edged and rigid architectural space of the gallery.

Neither Fish, Nor Flesh, Nor Good Red Herring

Madeleine Child

11 March - 28 April

Madeleine Child’s playful installation looks back to the history of Japanese Netsukes (a small toggle used for attaching a container to the sash of a kimono). She uses these miniature sculptural forms as a springboard to create her own unique toggles.

Child records the artist’s mark on her material – the handling, fondling and fiddling of clay as she moulds her sculptural forms. But she also highlights the fact that the artist is not always in control of the art making process - Child embraces the fight against gravity and the temperamental nature of clay that create elements of randomness and the accidental in her ceramics.

The Salon

15 December - 14 April

This intimate exhibition draws artworks from the Gallery’s diverse and rich permanent collection. The Salon showcases a selection of paintings from the mid nineteenth century through to the beginning of the twentieth century.

Dreams Journey

Debbie Templeton-Page

2 February 2019 - 3 March 2019

I believe\feel that each of us are spiritual beings having a human experience . That each and every rock, animal,plant etc have their own energy\ life force. That we are all connected -  Dreams Journey explores these feelings and connections.

The archaeology of the discarded, forgotten and thrown away.

Jay Hutchinson

15 December 2018 - 27 January 2019

Jay Hutchinson explores site-specific physical environments through a textile-based practice. He shifts and abstracts the banal and discarded into something new and quietly confronting. Hutchinson challenges preconceived notions - prompting us (the viewer) to examine the way we live our lives and interact with our urban environments and of course…the discarded.

from the Edge of Spaces

Edwards + Johann

15 December 2018 - 27 January 2019

Edwards + Johann’s collaborative work interweaves drawing, painting, performance, video and installation with photography. Their images seem both inherently stable yet temporal. They present a territory in which sensitivities and questions of existence can be played out. This territory reflects a basic human condition …to connect, work, play and test the space we inhabit to deal with crises.

Assemblage of Space

20 November - 9 December 2018

This exhibition drawn  from the Gallery’s diverse 3-dimensional collection, celebrates the creation of space and form in sculpture.


15 November - 9 December 2018

This year Polychrome will display artworks by Ara Post-graduate Arts and Media students from both the Christchurch and Timaru campuses. It includes a diverse range of styles and celebrates the artistic talents of the region.

Alpine Energy Art Awards & South Canterbury Art Society Annual Exhibition

27 October - 11 November 2018

The South Canterbury Arts Society Annual exhibition showcases a wide range of work by regional members and recognised Art Society members from around New Zealand. The exhibition is proudly sponsored by Alpine Energy.

Land Marks - Architectural forms of South Canterbury

8 September 2018 - 21 October 2018

This exhibition coincides with The New Zealand Institute of Architects Festival of Architecture and is an exploration of South Canterbury’s rich architectural heritage from the past to the present.

(Un)conditional V

8 September 2018 - 21 October 2018

(Un)conditional V is a partnership project between The Physics Room and the Aigantighe Art Gallery and is part of The Physics Room’s itinerant exhibition programme in 2018. This group exhibition includes Ana Iti, Clara Wells, Kerry Ann Lee, Miranda Parkes and Tim McLaughlin, who have been invited to create site-specific works for the internal gallery and the external garden and also negotiate the connection or disconnection between the two spaces.


18 August - 2 September 2018

Artarama is a festival of South Canterbury’s creative students aged 3 to 18. This is a fantastic opportunity to see artworks by students from around the region. Artarama is proudly sponsored by The Rotary Club of Timaru North, The Friends of the Aigantighe Art Gallery and the South Canterbury Art Society.


F. van Hout

21 July - 12 August 2018

F. van Hout presents a series of painting inspired by his epic journeys through the South Island landscape. Abstract depictions of fragmentary landscapes that flashed past the eyes of the artist during his travels in on buses, cars and trains. But these paintings are also an act of remembrance towards other New Zealand artists and their portrayals of journeys through the same landscape.

Beasts and Creatures

18 June - 12 August 2018

This exhibition draws artworks from the Gallery’s extensive collection showcasing all the strange beasts and creatures hiding in the storerooms.

A Pandemonium

Janna van Hasselt

16 June - 15 July

A Pandemonium comprised of a series of ceramic works inspired by the Aigantighe Art Gallery’s Sculpture Collection.  Working from scanned catalogue cards of the Collection, van Hasselt experiences the objects in a flattened plane. She plays with this lack of information, editing out details and obscuring parts of the original object’s form to create pieces at a scale that suits their image.

RSM Law Plunket Art Show

26 May - 10 June 2018

Celebrating the 41st RSM Law Plunket Art Show this is a great opportunity to see and purchase some fabulous art from around New Zealand and support the Timaru branch of Plunket.

The Unravelling of Ornate Structures

Michael Armstrong

28 April - 20 May 2018

This new exhibition by Timaru artist Michael Armstrong explores the complexities of modern society and its impacts on the natural world. As Armstrong states “ Politics, economics and social change, our challenged and challenging relationship with capitalism, are, for me, all played out now against the background of global climate change and the risks involved with ignoring that.”

Helen Willcock

2 May - 20 May 2018

Local artist Helen Willcock presents her first solo exhibition at the Aigantighe Art Gallery. Willcock’s exhibition explores how lines distort, move and oscillate in front of the viewer.

Purely Pastel

7 April 2018 - 22 April 2018

The Aigantighe Art Gallery is showing the Pastel Artists of NZ (PANZ) Annual National Exhibition. For the first time. The exhibition showcases the best artworks by PANZ members and demonstrates the versatility of pastels as an artistic medium. The exhibition coincides with the PANZ National Convention in Timaru with talks, field trips and workshops. Please see for more information.

Urban Worlds

10 March - 15 April 2018

This group exhibition explores the complexities and histories of our built urban environment. The exhibition challenges perceptions of cities, towns and the spaces inhabited now and in the future.

Blue Gold

Claire Earlie Maxwell

27 January - 1 April 2018

Claire Earlie Maxwell's pictorial images mix her Irish background with the New Zealand landscape.  Often figurative, her work explores the relationship between the use of natural resources and the need to protect that legacy. Imagined Celtic deities and symbols interweave with New Zealand waterways and landscapes providing a platform for a personal response.

Claire Earlie Maxwell was born in Limerick, Ireland in 1953.  She trained at Limerick School of Art and travelled extensively in Europe, North America and the Middle East. She settled in New Zealand and became an NZ citizen in 1986.  She graduated from the University of Victoria in 1995.

Nga Hau Ngakau

Robin Slow, Brian Flintoff, and Bob Bickerton

2 December 2017- 21 January 2018

In Nga Hau Ngakau artists Robin Slow, Brian Flintoff, and Bob Bickerton weave together paintings, carvings, and music. The artists draw on the sounds and marks of the past to celebrate the forms and histories of the whenua (land) and manu (bird) - creating works that symbolise aspects of events and people in our histories and reflect on where we are in this moment.

Gallery 91, 2017

Julia Holderness and Petrena Fishburn

2 December 2017- 21 January 2018

In 1959, the Brookes established Christchurch’s first contemporary dealer gallery at 91a Cashel Street. The Gallery showed works by artists such as McCahon, Henderson and Woollaston, among others. Through re-making and the re-presentation of Gallery 91 archival material, contemporary artists Julia Holderness and Petrena Fishburn examine this slice of Christchurch’s artistic history alongside works from the Aigantighe Art Gallery’s permanent collection.


2-19 November 2017

Polychrome is an annual exhibition, including painting,drawing, sculpture, projection and digital works, that showcases the best artworks by Ara Timaru Arts and Media students’ from Level 4 to 6. For many of the students this will be their first public exhibition.