Art Gallery | Exhibitions

A woman's tattooed arm holds a felt pincushion defiantly aloft

3 April - 19 SeptemberSuffrage in Stitches

Suffrage in Stitches is a textile work 300 metres long honouring the women and men who signed the 1893 Suffrage petition. It’s the work of 546 individuals, families and groups from New Zealand and beyond, of all ages and abilities, during the 125th anniversary year of women’s suffrage in New Zealand. Developed and toured by Wellington Museum in partnership with Vinnies Re Sew.
A fabric meat cleaver stuck in a block of wood

14 August - 21 NovemberKutarere Sunrise

Kutarere Sunrise, by Lauren Lysaght, reflects on gender roles but is rooted in nostalgia. It mixes seriousness with humour and blends female craft with reflections on male labour, in a heartfelt tribute to Lysaght’s father Nelson, a butcher born and raised in Kutarere.
A carriage and a topiary bush

14 August - 21 NovemberTrifecta

Trifecta, by Lauren Lysaght, is a thought-provoking installation dealing with racing and the associated social issues surrounding gambling, a subject relevant to many in New Zealand society.
People in the art gallery; Palmerston North 150 logo in green

Every dayThe Centenary Collection

In March 1970 the idea for a Centenary Collection was hatched by Palmerston North Art Gallery Director Ian North and Awapuni Jaycee Incorporated, who were looking for a suitable Centenary project that “would be a terrific boost not only for art in general but also to the Art Gallery and City of Palmerston North.” Features works by Bill Sutton, Ian Scott, Ralph Hotere, Don Driver, Philip Trusttum, Pat Hanly, Toss Woolaston, Michael Illingworth, Ray Thorburn, Colin McCahon, Brent wong, Robert Ellis, Milan Mrkusich, Michael Smither and Gordon Walters.
Image of Palmerston North Centennial Parade

Every dayPalmy on Parade

The Palmerston North Centennial Jubilee Parade and many of the other Centennial celebrations had strong local support and reinforced local identity and history. Selected images taken by Arthur De Maine are on display in Gallery 2 alongside the Centenary Collection
Embroidered harakeke

11 September - 10 OctoberTown and Country Stitched

A display of work by members of the Manawatū, Wanganui and Taranaki Embroidery Guilds. Many are original pieces showing how today’s stitchers have developed fresh patterns from traditional beginnings. From basic stitched works to those using complex designs, the talents of embroiderers of all ages are on show.

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