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.

Ruahine Arms Fair 2017
Saturday 27 May
Ruahine branch of The NZ Antique and Historical Arms Association presents their annual public show, sponsored by Manawatu Hunting and Fishing NZ Ltd. The Arms Fair is back for 2017, after our largest and most ...
Venue:
Conference & Function Centre, Palmerston North
The Horses Stayed Behind
Saturday 27 May - Sunday 28 May
Ten thousand New Zealand horses departed our shores to help our soldiers in WW1. Only a handful returned. Artist Cat Auburn commemorates their service and sacrifice with a large installation featuring Victorian-style ...
Venue:
Te Manawa Museum of Art, Science and History, Palmerston North
Bruce Rennie - The Generous Heart
Saturday 27 May - Sunday 28 May
For thirty-three years, Bruce Rennie devoted himself to cultivating art and drama activities at Rangitikei College in Marton. His spontaneous, energetic works reflected his teaching style and philosophy in equal measure,...
Venue:
Te Manawa Museum of Art, Science and History, Palmerston North
Nova - New Additions to The Collection
Saturday 27 May - Sunday 28 May
From the everyday to the extraordinary, the collections at Te Manawa are full of treasures that reflect past and present life in the Manawatū. Nova showcases the stories and people behind selected art, taonga and ...
Venue:
Te Manawa Museum of Art, Science and History, Palmerston North
Fran and Paul Dibble
Saturday 27 May - Wednesday 31 May
This month Zimmerman Art Gallery is delighted to exhibit the works of Palmerston North’s powerhouse creative couple, Fran and Paul Dibble. With a longstanding foothold in the Manawatu, this month’s exhibition is ...
Venue:
Zimmerman Art Gallery, Palmerston North
The Primacy of Gesture: Plein Air Paintings by Ross Whitlock
Saturday 27 May - Wednesday 14 June
Taylor-Jensen Fine Arts is pleased to host the return of artist Ross Whitlock to its hallowed walls. Whitlock has shown at the Taylor-Jensen gallery since its inception almost twenty years ago. Known primarily as a ...
Venue:
Taylor-Jensen Fine Arts, Palmerston North
Butch: A Photographic Exploration by Rachel Hoskin
Saturday 27 May - Sunday 18 June
A social project of reaction to Butch women in 2017 by photographer Rachel Hoskin. Come along to see big images of fantastic butch women. Open daily in the Te Manawa Atrium.
Venue:
Te Manawa Museum of Art, Science and History, Palmerston North
Te Rangi Whenua
Saturday 27 May - Friday 30 June
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
Saturday 27 May - Friday 30 June
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
Kids TM
Saturday 27 May - Friday 30 June
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 children the chance to learn through play as ...
Venue:
Te Manawa Museum of Art, Science and History, Palmerston North
Te Awa - The River - Heart of Manawatū
Saturday 27 May - Friday 30 June
Te Awa - The River, Heart of the Manawatū explores our river from different 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
The Topp Twins Exhibition
Saturday 27 May - Sunday 29 October
Synonymous with a small town, rural New Zealand and that Kiwi “can-do-attitude”, Lynda and Jools Topp are among New Zealand’s best-known entertainers. They’ve been cultural touchstones for more than 40 years, ...
Venue:
Te Manawa Museum of Art, Science and History, Palmerston North
The Exquisite Wound
Saturday 27 May - Sunday 8 October
The Exquisite Wound is an interdisciplinary installation by visual artist Rebecca Swan in collaboration with composer Charlie Ha, engineer Peter Swan, light artist Peter Stoneham, and scientist David Shillington. The ...
Venue:
Te Manawa Museum of Art, Science and History, Palmerston North
Caccia Birch House Open Days
Sunday 28 May
Historic Caccia Birch House in Hokowhitu, Palmerston North is open for viewing this Sunday afternoon. Featuring beautiful handcrafted rimu timber panelling, lead light windows and watercolour artwork painted in 1880's...
Venue:
Caccia Birch House, Palmerston North
International Photo Contest
Tuesday 30 May - Friday 30 June
The Fondation Alliance Française has launched its yearly international photography contest! Send your creations to the Alliance Française Palmerston North, from the 28 March 2017 to the 30th June 2017! The theme this ...
Venue:
Square Edge, Palmerston North
Rebecca Wallis - The Otherness of Ourselves
Thursday 1 June - Friday 30 June
This month Zimmerman Art Gallery presents The Otherness of Ourselves: paintings by Rebecca Wallis. This is the artist’s third solo exhibition at Zimmerman. The Otherness of Ourselves: exhibition commentary. ...
Venue:
Zimmerman Art Gallery, Palmerston North
Ngā Kete Toi
Friday 9 June - Sunday 24 September
This exhibition showcases the work of students, graduates and tutors of the Bachelor of Māori Arts degree in weaving at Te Wānanga o Aotearoa, in Palmerston North. Te Wānanga o Aotearoa is unique in that we are ...
Venue:
Te Manawa Museum of Art, Science and History, Palmerston North
Manawatu Art Expo
Friday 14 July - Sunday 16 July
Calling all Artists - 10th Manawatu Art Expo. Registrations close 31 May 2017. Enquiries to Ro Clarke 06 356 8350 or email raclarke@xtra.co.nz or Lois Price 06 357 8783.
Venue:
Conference & Function Centre, Palmerston North
Manawatu Toy Collectors Fair
Sunday 6 August
Manawatu Model Toy Vehicle Collectors Fair organised by collectors for Collectors. Matchbox Corgi Dinky Fun HO Trains and much, much more. Children under 15 free. All welcome.
Venue:
Community Leisure Centre, Palmerston North