New Assistant Curator/Administrator

IPAG is thrilled to welcome Gemma Baldock to our small team, as the gallery's new Assistant Curator/Administrator.

Gemma achieved her Bachelor of Fine Arts at the Dunedin School of Art and most recently developed and honed her gallery skills as the manager of City Gallery Invercargill. She is no stranger to IPAG, having frequently helped us out in the past, so we are thrilled to have her on board officially.

Gemma’s smiley face will be the first point of contact in our temporary gallery in Don Street, so we hope you will say hello and welcome her on board next time you pop in.

Free kids art workshops at the gallery

As part of our 'Kids can Curate' exhibition, we are running free after-school art workshops inspired by the artwork on display. Spaces are limited. Please register by emailing or calling 215 7432.

Scheduled workshops:

  • Tue 8 Nov, 3:45–4:30pm: Animal Fashion for 5-8 years
  • Tue 15 Nov, 4–5pm: Paper sculpture for 13+ years
  • Tue 22 Nov, 4–4:45pm: Paper Sculpture for 9–12 years
  • Tue 29 Nov, 3:45–4:30pm: Animal Fashion for 5-8 years
  • Tue 6 Dec, 3:45–4:30pm: Animal Fashion for 5-8 years
  • Tue 13 Dec, 3:45–4:30pm: Animal Fashion for 5-8 years

Younger/older siblings are welcome to join the workshops.

The project is supported by a Creative Communities grant and sponsorship from the Invercargill Licensing Trust.

Exhibition of art collection favourites chosen by kids

During the school holidays, kids were choosing artworks from the City’s art collection for the next Invercargill Public Art Gallery exhibition. Under-18s were able to choose from 70 images of artworks covering the walls of a special space at the 5 Don Street pop-up gallery.

A wide-ranging 46 artworks were chosen by over 100 children and young people, including Ralph Hotere’s Banner Window in Spain and Pat Hanly’s Living Room.

The children’s reasons for their choices are compelling and have been incorporated into the exhibition’s curation. I love abstract art, plus the colours make it stand out!”, wrote eleven-year-old Hannah Dudfield.

A group of twenty pre-schoolers from Queens Park Early Childhood Education also participated. After choosing his favourite artwork, spending time in the exhibition and enjoying the children’s activities, two-year-old Axel Cull was heard saying to his friend, "It was cool yay, it’s very coooool".

The Invercargill Public Art Gallery is briefly closed while staff install the new exhibition. Kids can Curate will be open to the public from midday on Saturday 29 October. The official public exhibition opening will be held at 2pm on Saturday 5 November at the 5 Don Street Pop-up Gallery. After school art workshops are also being organised.

The project is supported by a Creative Communities grant and sponsorship from the Invercargill Licensing Trust.  

Nora Brophy: an active supporter of Anderson Park Art Gallery

Nora Brophy passed away on Wednesday 12 October 2016. We would like to remember Nora, whose funeral was held today, 17 October 2016, in Invercargill.

Nora was a member of the Anderson Park Art Gallery Council from 1992-2003 and she was a Vice President for six years. Nora worked as a radio programmer and announcer and was a nationally recognised speech teacher and examiner. She was an active supporter of the arts and will be remembered for her cheerful personality and organising skills. Our thoughts are with her family.

These holidays Kids can Curate!

These school holidays, under 18s can choose an artwork that they would like to see in the next exhibition at Invercargill Public Art Gallery. We have arranged a space with 70 images of artworks from the City’s collection at our pop-up art gallery.

Children, young people and their families are invited to visit us at 5 Don Street and make their choice by the end of these school holidays (Sunday 9 October).

The most popular artworks chosen will form the content for our next exhibition, which will open on Saturday 29 October with a public opening event.

The Invercargill Public Art Gallery is open weekdays Mon–Fri 10am–5pm; and weekends 12noon–3:30pm at 5 Don Street. FREE entry and activities for kids provided.

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