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Currently Showing at Percy Thomson Gallery

Taranaki's best regional public art gallery.

We All Think We're Good People
Group Exhibition, Main Gallery
(27 May - 21 July 2022)

This exhibition is kindly supported by

Rohan Wealleans
The Zen Master's Taboo
Solo Exhibition - Gallery 2
(27 May - 21 July 2022)

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Taranaki Foundation's Emergence Awards for Young Taranaki Artists 2022

Submissions are still open for this year's awards, closing on Friday 8 July. To enter your artwork, click Taranaki Foundation Emergence Award Entry Form

A young Taranaki artist wants his peers to take advantage of the creative opportunities available to them, as he will be at an upcoming art awards.

Jack Perkins, 21, whose painting titled Echo took out the Supreme Award in the 2020 Emergence Awards hosted by the Percy Thomson Gallery, wants to see more young artists take advantage of the chance to exhibit their work.

“It's such a good way to encourage people and keep someone's passion for art going and even give them recognition for the work and skill they've put into producing their art.” he says.

“It was a big step forward for me, being able to be confident in myself and the fact that there are people out there who are going to appreciate what you create”.

The 21 Year old, now studying Biomedical Science at Victoria University hopes to continue his hobby of art, and says it’s something that he always keeps coming back to.

Entries for this year's Emergence Awards are open until 8 July, and artists between the age of 13 and 26 are invited to enter, with a major prize of $2,000, category prizes for photography, 2D Art, 3D art and Māori Art, and the opportunity to sell their work. The supreme winner will also be invited back to present a solo exhibition in Gallery 2 in 2024.

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Laura Campbell, New  Director at Percy Thomson Gallery

Laura Campbell, New Director at Percy Thomson Gallery

Appointment of New Gallery Director

The Trustees of Stratford’s Percy Thomson Gallery are delighted to announce the appointment of Laura Campbell as Gallery Director. Laura takes up the role on 31 January taking over from Rhonda Bunyan, who is retiring after six years at the helm.

Laura comes to us from Puke Ariki where for the past 5 years she has been Information Services Officer, Researcher, Art Curator and Art Historian. Her background, including the creation of the ‘Home Work: Taranaki’ exhibition (with over 30,000 visitors), and building relationships and working collaboratively with local artists and the community are all key attributes she brings to the role.

We are looking forward to Laura building on the legacy left by Rhonda that has cemented the eminent place of the Percy Thomson Gallery in the life of Stratford and Taranaki, showcasing local and national artistic talent, supporting Taranaki young emerging artists, and developing strong connections with individual artists and the community.

We would add a message to the Stratford and Taranaki communities – this is your Gallery! Please visit to enjoy the exhibitions and shop (Percy’s Place), brought to you to highlight the talent and explorations of our outstanding artistic community.

Bruce Ellis

Kia ora. Welcome to Percy Thomson Gallery

Percy Thomson Gallery is Stratford's public art gallery and was opened in June 2002.

The gallery has developed and grown over the years, now receiving national recognition as a thriving and diverse exhibition space catering for all age groups and interests and involving the community at large.

New exhibitions start every three to four weeks, and vary between national, local and regional artists – established and emerging.

Percy Thomson portrait by Donna Willard-Moore. This portrait was painted for a future bronze-relief work by Donna.

Percy's Place is our boutique art shop featuring high-quality work by local artists.

10.30am — 3.30pm, Weekends 10.30am – 2.30pm


Percy Thomson Gallery
Prospero Place
56 Miranda Street

Telephone & Email

06 765 0917 

Gallery Director

Laura Campbell

Opening hours

10.30am – 4.00pm weekdays 
10.30am – 3.00pm weekends 

Closed Christmas Day, Boxing Day, 
New Year's Day January 1, and January 2, Waitangi Day, Good Friday, Easter Sunday, Anzac Day, Matariki and between exhibitions.


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