Exhibitions

Discover the wealth of artistic talent that Palmerston North City and Manawatu has on offer through an evolving showcase of exhibitions. Nationally recognised exhibits and historical showcases debut, alongside and evolving array of stunning sculptures, fascinating photographs and inspiring art works.

Farewell Zealandia: Forgotten Kiwi Songs of WW1
Sunday 30 August
The forgotten Kiwi songs of World War One tell the story of what it meant to be a New Zealander living through the turmoil and tragedy at the time. Commemorating campaigns and battles as well as life on the home ...
Venue:
Te Manawa Museum of Art, Science and History, Palmerston North
Model Mee
Sunday 30 August
Palmerston North Model Engineers (Operators of the Marriner Reserve Miniature Railway) present Model Mee 2015 - An exhibition displaying the art and practice of model engineering. Railways and models from HO gauge (1:...
Venue:
Community Leisure Centre, Palmerston North
Biscuits and Bullets
Sunday 30 August
Baking and a dusty suitcase of memories combine to tell a moving story about one family's loss in World War One. Performed in the historic Totaranui Cottage, "Biscuits and Bullets" is a puppet show for ages seven and...
Venue:
Te Manawa Museum of Art, Science and History, Palmerston North
Andrew Moon - Recent Paintings
Sunday 30 August - Monday 31 August
For the month of August, Zimmerman Art Gallery is featuring a selection of recent oil paintings by Kapiti Coast artist, Andrew Moon. Below is Moon's commentary on one of the paintings featured in the show, Narcissus ...
Venue:
Zimmerman Art Gallery, Palmerston North
Evento Wearable Arts Display
Sunday 30 August - Thursday 3 September
Come down to the Feilding & District Art Centre for a chance to see the Feilding High School entry's for Evento Wearable Arts Awards.
Venue:
Feilding & District Art Centre, Feilding
Sunlight: Ihi Kōmaru
Sunday 30 August - Sunday 6 September
Discover the secrets of the sun! Discover the secrets of the Sun in a fun new interactive exhibition for all ages, that shows how light has shaped the world around us. Sunlight – Ihi Kōmaru brings new life to the ...
Venue:
Te Manawa Museum of Art, Science and History, Palmerston North
"Soul is Eternal" An Installation by Wayne Hansen
Monday 31 August - Saturday 12 September
Taylor-Jensen Fine Arts continues its celebration of 18 years as a commercial dealer gallery presenting evocative art and crafts by regional and selected New Zealand artists. Palmerston North-born Maori artist Wayne ...
Venue:
Taylor-Jensen Fine Arts, Palmerston North
The Imaginative Life and Times of Graham Percy
Sunday 30 August - Saturday 26 September
A Micronaut in the Wide World: The Imaginative Life and Times of Graham Percy rediscovers the life and work of one of New Zealand's most talented and original artists Graham Percy lived in London for most of his life,...
Venue:
Te Manawa Museum of Art, Science and History, Palmerston North
When We Were Young
Sunday 30 August - Sunday 11 October
When we were young celebrates the precious art of embroidery showcasing a selection of handcrafted work from the Manawatū, Whanganui and Taranaki Embroiderer’s Guilds. The series Dreams and Inspiration by featured ...
Venue:
Te Manawa Museum of Art, Science and History, Palmerston North
National Geographic Presents: 50 Greatest Photographs
Sunday 30 August - Sunday 1 November
For the first time ever The National Geographic brings 50 of its greatest photographs to New Zealand. Te Manawa Museum of Art, Science and History is one of only two New Zealand venues to host the international ...
Venue:
Te Manawa Museum of Art, Science and History, Palmerston North
Pioneer Highway: New Paintings by Tim Croucher
Sunday 30 August - Sunday 8 November
Tim Croucher explores the family drives and Sunday outings of his years growing up in Manawatū. This exhibition comprises a suite of paintings that mingle historical, pastoral, and imaginary situations; it is a tender ...
Venue:
Te Manawa Museum of Art, Science and History, Palmerston North
Balls, Bullets & Boots Exhibition
Sunday 30 August - Wednesday 11 November
Opening on the 22nd August, the Balls, Bullets and Boots exhibition takes you from rugby field to battlefield and back, exploring the impact the hostilities had on New Zealand’s signature sport and its sportspeople. ...
Venue:
Te Manawa Museum of Art, Science and History, Palmerston North
Te Awa - The River, Heart of the Manawatū
Sunday 30 August - Thursday 31 December
Te Awa - The River, Heart of the Manawatū explores our river from a variety of angles: meet our local wildlife, learn about the river's history, explore how we use water, and discover how our region was formed. Come and...
Venue:
Te Manawa Museum of Art, Science and History, Palmerston North
Kids TM
Sunday 30 August - Thursday 31 December
Open daily, Kids TM is a vibrant, interactive, playful space at Te Manawa for children up to the age of eight and their caregivers. One of our long-term exhibitions, it gives Kids the chance to learn through play as ...
Venue:
Te Manawa Museum of Art, Science and History, Palmerston North
Te Rangi Whenua
Sunday 30 August - Thursday 31 December
Open daily, Te Taiwhanga o Te Rangi Whenua (Te Rangi Whenua Gallery) shares the stories of iwi groups in the Manawatū, Rangitīkei and Horowhenua regions. The unique gallery walls feature interwoven panels, decorated...
Venue:
Te Manawa Museum of Art, Science and History, Palmerston North
Manawatū Journeys
Sunday 30 August - Thursday 31 December
Open Daily, a journey through our shared history - the stories and of the pioneers who shaped the land as we know it today. The Manawatū has always been a place that people have journeyed through, some stay for a long ...
Venue:
Te Manawa Museum of Art, Science and History, Palmerston North
Uke Art Exhibition
Wednesday 9 September - Saturday 19 September
Palmy Ukulele Festival, presented by Jennifer Moss Music, announces an exhibition of multi-artist ukulele-inspired art. All around the Manawatu, artists are busy upcycling and illuminating ukuleles just for you. This is...
Venue:
Snails: Artist Run Space, Palmerston North
Chipping Notes
Saturday 12 September
Palmy Ukulele Festival presented by Jennifer Moss Music is delighted to introduce Carla Woollaston from Sculpture Play 3D, Manawatu. Come along to find out about Sculpting Oamaru Stone for novice and experienced ...
Venue:
George St, Manawatu / Whanganui
Highbury Weavers
Thursday 17 September - Thursday 17 December
Raranga, the art of weaving, embodies spiritual values & beliefs of tangata whenua. It symbolises meanings and memories handed down from ancestors and actions the concept of weaving peoples together ~ whanaungatanga. The...
Venue:
Te Manawa Museum of Art, Science and History, Palmerston North
Iris Show
Saturday 14 November - Sunday 15 November
This year promises to be a great show. A variety of irises will be on display, the majority being tall bearded irises. There will be varieties such as miniature tall bearded, border bearded and intermediates which tend ...
Venue:
Palmerston North Leisure Centre, Palmerston North