Glorious galleries: How to add some art to your next holiday
If you’re more into art than antiquities, Jessica Wynne Lockhart has found some of New Zealand’s best galleries to visit on your next regional getaway
According to Museums Aotearoa, New Zealand has more than 470 public museums and art galleries, which equates to 10 museums or galleries per 100,000 people. And that’s not even making mention of the thousands of painters, sculptors, carvers, and makers that showcase their work in studios across the country. Translation? We’re a particularly cultured bunch.
But with dozens of galleries everywhere from the biggest cities to the tiniest hamlets, it would be impossible to get to them all. That’s why we’ve selected some of the country’s must-visit galleries, with a focus on work by some of New Zealand’s most talented creatives.
Nelson: Suter Art Gallery
With the number of artists and makers choosing to make the Nelson/Tasman region their home, it’s not surprising that the area might just have the most galleries and art studios per capita. Arguably the most cherished is the Suter Art Gallery.
One of New Zealand’s oldest cultural centres, it features national and international art from the past two centuries. Its bragging rights include NZ’s largest collection of watercolours by landscape artist John Gully (1819-1888) and work by Sir Mountford Tosswill Woollaston (1919-1998), who was one of the founders of modern art in New Zealand.
Current exhibitions include Wellington-based artist Natchez Hudson’s thought-provoking flipped landscapes and the new City ArtWalk, which brings the work of Nelson’s artists outdoors.
Also worth visiting in the region:
Parker Gallery. parkergallery.nz
Red Art Gallery. redartgallery.com
Michael Macmillan Sculptor. michaelmacmillan.co.nz
Bartlett & Gold Gallery. bartlettandgoldgallery.co.nz
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Source: NZ Herald, By: Jessica Wynne Lockhart
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