Level 2

⚠ Important Update

Kia ora tātou

As with all regions outside of Auckland, Stratford is once again back to Alert Level 2.

We have been planning for operations under Alert Level 2 and are ready to continue safely welcoming you to the gallery during this time.

He is what we ask of you and what we will do for you:

1. If you are sick, please stay home and visit another time.

2. Please observe the physical distancing and hygiene behaviour you have become familiar with earlier the year.

3. You should keep track of where you have been and who you were with. For your records, please either check in using our Ministry of Health COVID Tracing QR code, otherwise we have a manual register for those not wishing to use the QR codes.

4. The Gallery will continue to maintain a rigorous cleaning regime, with frequent sanitisation of all high contact surfaces.

5. We will update you if there are any changes or if the Gallery has to close.

As last time, the Gallery in general remains OPEN for business but we will be limiting entry to a maximum of 20 people to ensure safe 2m distancing. If this number is reached we will operate a one-out-one-in door policy. 

We are very sad to once again implement this policy, however it is the right thing to do as we redouble our efforts to prevent any possible spread of COVID-19 in our community.


Toi o Taranaki ki te Tonga
South Taranaki Maori Arts Collective

September 19 – 11 October 2020
Gallery 1

Curated by Gabrielle Belz

Ka puawai nga kowhai he tohu tena kua aroaromahana.
When the kowhai is in flower it’s a sign that Spring has come.

As the sun returns to warm the earth, and regrowth begins again, it seems to parallel our own activity as social interaction is loosened, and we pick up the strands of our lives again.  Spring looks forward to potential, and hope for the future as we re-engage. 

This is fourth exhibition in two years by the collective, presenting high-calibre work from Maori artists who reside in, or whakapapa to, Taranaki.

What's on

Gallery 2

Journey of Discovery
Vicky Taylor

September 19 – 11 October 2020
Gallery 2

Vicky Taylor spends hours burning wood to create striking artworks filled with depth, detail and emotion.

Pyrography means ‘writing with fire. It is the art of decorating wood or other materials with burn marks resulting from the controlled application of a heated object such as a poker. It is also known as pokerwork or wood burning.

Vicky’s love of pyrography and the resulting creativity has allowed her to come to terms with crippling bouts of depression.

‘I lose myself in my art and the process becomes mindful meditation that brings me into the present moment. It has got me through some pretty rough patches and I am thankful for that.’

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

Open weekdays 10.30am — 3pm, Saturdays 10.30am – 1pm, Closed Sunday

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Percy Thomson Gallery
Prospero Place
56 Miranda Street

Telephone & Email

06 765 0917 

Gallery Director

Rhonda Bunyan

Opening hours

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

Closed Christmas Day, Boxing Day, 
New Years Day, Good Friday, 
Easter Sunday, Anzac Day 
and between exhibitions


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