Discover the wide range of local arts in Manawatu. Our community’s diverse galleries, museums and initiatives reflect the unique energy of our flourishing region and the cultural heart of the people who thrive here.
Palmerston North Public Art Guide
Public art adds to a city’s vibrancy. It provides a talking point, a stand-out feature that inspires, provokes or challenges. It gives character to an urban landscape that celebrates our artists, innovators and entrepreneurs. It is a celebration of our past, present, and our future. This guide highlights the creative pieces within Palmerston North that are all publicly accessible.View the Public Art Guide here
At the cultural heart of Palmerston North city, Te Manawa museum draws art, science and history together, recognising the uniqueness of each area and reflecting our growing region and its people. Te Manawa offers blockbusters exhibitions, tours and an education on the rich diversity of Manawatu, as well as a number of artistic programmes for children and adults, including musical and theatrical performances.
Te Manawa mural
From print making to art, photography, floral arranging, photography and more, The SPACE in Feilding hosts a range of creative workshops. Two locals Danielle Glynn and Jacynda Murray opened The SPACE in early 2017 seeing an opportunity for a creativity hub in Feilding.
The SPACE in Feilding
As one of Manawatu’s foremost fine arts galleries, 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 regularly.
Zimmerman Gallery, located in the center of Palmerston North, exhibits contemporary artworks by established and emerging New Zealand artists. The gallery also supplies information about exhibited artists and their work, advice on art collecting and purchases, and assistance with delivery, lighting and installation of paintings and sculpture.
Palmerston North is dotted with a colourful, eclectic array of sculptures, carvings, paintings, murals and galleries, all within walking distance. Grab a coffee, a copy of the guide and get exploring!
Vibrant art in Berryman’s Lane
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.
Square Edge Community Arts is located just off The Square and a place where local artists and community arts groups meet to practice, celebrate, showcase their art and a place for the public to connect with the arts community. It is also a home to numerous community groups who enjoy meeting in the beautiful rooms available for use to the public. For more information about what is on at Square Edge, follow Square Edge Community Arts on Facebook.
Manawatu Camera Club
The club has been running for more than 60 years, and offers an exciting programme with workshops, visiting evaluators, trips and more.
More arts & crafts groups
For a more detailed list of arts and crafts offerings from galleries to pottery, in the wider Manawatu District, visit here.