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.

‘Central Exchange’ – A pop-up exhibition of Invercargill’s art collection

Central city businesses and retailers have chosen 32 artworks from Invercargill's public art collection for a pop-up exhibition that will run from 24 August until 8 September in the city centre.

The exhibition is the brainchild of Invercargill Public Art Gallery staff (formerly known as Anderson Park Art Gallery), with the two aims of creating an arts attraction in the CBD that shows key works from the city’s art collection, and working with retailers to increase visitors to the central city.

The pop-up exhibition will be held in an empty retail space at 5 Don Street, owned by the Invercargill Licensing Trust. The ILT is assisting with sponsorship and the project has also received a grant from the Creative Communities Scheme.

The exhibition, entitled Central Exchange, is co-curated by Invercargill Public Art Gallery Manager/Curator Stephen Davies and Assistant Manager Claire Baker, along with representatives of 53 retailers and businesses in Invercargill’s CBD.

Art Gallery staff selected 90 artworks – approximately 8% of the City’s extensive art collection – and each participating business was asked to choose just one from the images of art provided.

The businesses had a wide range of artworks to choose from – artworks created by local artists about Southland people and environments, to nationally and internationally renowned works, such as an etching by Rembrandt (1656).

We reinforced that there was no right or wrong response. By involving local retailers and businesses in the curating process, we have had the opportunity to look at the collection differently and take on board the reasons for their choices. This has helped us to better understand the relevance of the collection to Invercargill today”, Claire Baker explains.

The exhibition will be opened with a public event starting at 5:30pm on 23 August at 5 Don Street, the pop-up exhibition space.

Central Exchange will be open daily (FREE entry) from 24 August until 8 September, 10am–5pm (weekends 10am–4pm). A series of public events will be held alongside the exhibition to provoke conversation about art in Invercargill City.

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