Art Gallery | Exhibitions

Wildlife Photographer of the Year
The world-renowned Wildlife Photographer of the Year comes to Palmerston North from the Natural History Museum in London. It is the most prestigious photography event of its kinds, providing a global platform that showcases the natural world's most astonishing and challenging sights for more than 50 years. Using photography's unique emotive power to engage and inspire audiences, the images provide an annual snapshot of the "state of the global environment" and the diversity of life in all corners of the Earth, facing the challenges of an uncertain future.
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.
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
A veteran sits in his living room surrounded by photographs

1 May - 15 AugustOperation Grapple

Photographic portraits with the moving stories of 19 New Zealand nuclear test veterans who participated in "Operation Grapple" - codename for a series of nuclear tests carried out in the Pacific from 1957-58.