Stephen Chadwick
Floor Talk

Sunday 8 August 1pm

Don't miss this chance to learn Stephen's secret to his incredible 'deep space' photography.


A selection of work by artists who belong to the Print Council Aotearoa New Zealand.

Friday 16 July – Sunday 8 August 2021


The Print Council encourages and stimulates printmaking throughout New Zealand. The prints included in this exhibition are evidence of the continued revival of printmaking in New Zealand and include new artists and new techniques.

Artwork: Dragon Arum by MB Stoneman, monotype and gold leaf

An exchange of work between two Australian Printmaking groups: the Firestation Print Studio in Armidale (NSW) and the Umbrella Studio Contemporary Arts in Townsville, and New Zealand printmakers from The Print Council of Aotearoa, New Zealand. These postcard sized prints include works from 114 artists and explore a wide range of ideas, styles and techniques ranging from traditional to new.  

Artwork: Tiny Nest 2 by Rosemary Mortimer, intaglio from found object


Saturday 26 June – Sunday 8 August


Massey University lecturer and astronomer Stephen Chadwick shares extraordinary psychedelic photos of the Matariki stars, galaxies, and the colourful remains of exploded stars.

For the past 14 years he has photographed deep-space using the same light-sensitive technology used in the Hubble Space Telescope, now available in consumer-grade digital cameras. Chadwick puts his telescope on a moving mount, and the camera allows the rig to track the movement of the stars as it takes photos.

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.

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



Marti Friedlander:
Portraits of the Artists

Curated by Dr. Leonard Bell

Friday 13 August – Sunday 5 September



Marti Friedlander (1928-2016) is one of our most prominent and highly regarded photographers. Her work has been central to New Zealand’s social and cultural life.

This exhibition is full of novel and compelling images of both well-known and now ‘forgotten’ or little-known artists, writers, craftspeople, actors, who were prominent players in expanding and vitalising cultural fields in New Zealand in the 1960s, 1970s and later.



Assemblages by Dale Copeland

Friday 13 August – Sunday 5 September


Assemblage and collage artist Dale Copeland shares some of her favourites from her collection of ‘goodies’.

As well as a cluster of Dale’s recent assemblages (philosophical ramblings in solid form), the walls of the side gallery will be plastered with international collages. Hundreds of them!

In the late 1990s, Copeland created the International Collage Exhibition and Exchange art show.

This is Dale’s collection from 20 years of organising the International Collage Exchange.

All for sale.  Dale reckons it could be a bit of a stampede, as gallery-goers are welcome to take down the ones they want (before anyone else can choose them) and take their collection to the office to buy.

Artwork: One of the collages from Copeland’s collection that will be offered for sale.

Saturday 11 September – Sunday 10 October 2021

We're looking for Taranaki textiles with a story, for an upcoming exhibition

Felicity Willis and Wendy Johnston are co-curating an exhibition with Percy Thomson Gallery director Rhonda Bunyan focusing on Taranaki textile treasures and family heirlooms such as embroidery, quilting, sewing, crochet, clothing etc. These items will include anything that has been made with textiles; cloth, yarns, quilts, flax; household items such as tea cosies and tablecloths, garments such as christening gowns and wedding dresses, toys, accessories such as handbags and jewellery. We are asking for a history/story to go with each work.

We are asking for submissions now. The item may be made out of Taranaki but link to a family here now. Email for a submission form and other information. All entries require a photograph.

Image: A little jacket made by Jeanette Verster’s grandmother for her mum when she was three years old, 80 years ago.

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

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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