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 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.
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
Coming Soon
A meat cleaver made of cloth is embedded in a wooden block
A double exhibition by artist Lauren Lysaght. Kutarere Sunrise 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. It’s joined by Trifecta, a thought-provoking installation dealing with racing and the associated social issues surrounding gambling, a subject relevant to many in New Zealand society.