WHAT'S ON

Saturday 29 May – Sunday 20 June
Opening event Saturday 29 May 1pm

Although the Taranaki Arts Trail is now part of the Taranaki Garden Festival calendar later in the year, the annual exhibition retains its time-slot in the middle of the year.

The exhibition, with one work from each Trail artist, provides an opportunity for people to get a feel for the artist’s work and decide whether they would like to visit the artist’s open studio during the Festival.

Artwork: Dave putting on his make-up by Suraya Sidhu Singh, Acrylic and oil on paper parasol.

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.

UPCOMING

JUNE / JULY

Puanga 2021


Saturday 26 June – Sunday 11 July

MAIN GALLERY

A community celebration for Puanga — the Māori New Year.We are turning the gallery into a magical starlight wonderland and have invited local schools to decorate the walls with paintings of stars and the night sky.


JUNE / AUGUST

Matariki
Deep Space: A View of the Stars and Beyond


Saturday 26 June – Sunday 8 August

GALLERY 2

A collection of 25 ‘space’ photographs by astronomer and Massey University professor Stephen Chadwick.

Psychedelic photos of the Matariki stars, galaxies, and the colourful remains of exploded stars are captured by Chadwick in a way that impossible 20 years ago.

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.


JULY / AUGUST

Looking Forward 2021


Friday 16 July – Sunday 8 August 2021

MAIN GALLERY

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


AUGUST / SEPTEMBER

Marti Friedlander:
Portraits of the Artists

Curated by Dr Leonard Bell


Friday 13 August – Sunday 5 September

TOURED by the NEW ZEALAND
PORTRAIT GALLERY

MAIN GALLERY

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.


AUGUST / SEPTEMBER

Dale Copeland
Collection


Friday 13 August – Sunday 5 September

GALLERY 2

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


Saturday 11 September – Sunday 10 October 2021
WANTED

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.

WANTED

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.


OPEN 7 DAYS
Weekdays
10.30am — 3.30pm, Weekends 10.30am – 2.30pm
     

Address

Percy Thomson Gallery
Prospero Place
56 Miranda Street
Stratford

Telephone & Email

06 765 0917 
Email

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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