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Drawing on art, science and history together, Te Manawa recognises the uniqueness of ever-growing region of Manawatu and reflects its people. As the cultural heath of our city, the museum offers blockbusters exhibitions, tours and an education on the rich diversity of the place we call home. Te Manawa’s primary objective is to provide a fun, interactive experience in all areas of art, science and history through development, reserach and communication. As well as offering excellent exhibitions and a variety of art collections, Te Manawa also runs a number of artistic programmes for children and adults and often hosts musical and theatrical performances.
Feilding and District Arts Society
The Feilding and District Arts Society (FADAS) is a non-profit group that aims to encourage involvement in the arts. They organise the annual Arts Awards, regular members exhibitions and “have-a-go” events for the wider public. FADAS also assists in managing the Feilding Arts Centre, through which a wide selection of local artwork, including paintings, photography, porcelain art, jewellery, woodcrafts, fibre arts, greeting cards and pottery, is displayed and sold.
The Square Edge Building is located in the heart of Palmerston North City, and is the home of a number of artists’ studios, performance spaces and art galleries, as well as the fx2 theatre. Exhibitions of local artists’ work occur throughout the year, enabling them to present and sell their work. Square Edge also regularly hosts artistic and performance workshops and classes, as well as a mentoring service for new and youth artists.
Taylor Jensen Fine Arts Gallery
As one of Manawatu’s foremost fine arts galleries since 1997, Taylor Jensen Fine Arts exhibits and sells a selection of traditional and contemporary paintings, sculpture, graphics, jewellery, glass, furniture and crafts. Artist exhibited in the Gallery include those from within the Region, New Zealand and overseas. Special exhibitions are shown monthly and special events are held also regularly in the Gallery.
Zimmerman Gallery was established in 2010 with a clear vision – to provide Manawatu residents and visitors with the opportunity to view original and engaging works of art. Zimmerman’s wide street level frontage allows the public to view the displayed works twenty-four hours a day, seven days a week. In addition to exhibiting art, Zimmerman also supplies information about exhibited artists and their works, advice on art collecting and purchases, and assistance with lighting and installation of paintings and sculpture. The owner and curator, Bronwyn Zimmerman, also worked to produce the Arts Trail Guide, a free brochure that interprets and follows the trail of many sculptures within the central City.
Check out Palmerston North’s online Public Art Guide here to get a glimpse of the stand-out creative pieces you can access publicly for free in the city.