Aigantighe Art Gallery, Timaru

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4.7/5 based on 30+ reviews on the web
The Aigantighe Art Gallery was established in 1956 and is one of Timaru's unique attractions for visitors. The gallery occupies the Edwardian mansion of James and Helen Grant, who not only gave the building and surrounding gardens to the people of South Canterbury, but also bequeathed their private art collection. A modern wing was added in 1978 to accommodate larger exhibitions and art storage.

The gallery's Gaelic name (pronounced "egg and tie") means "at home." Today it houses an extensive and diverse permanent art collection featuring New Zealand and international artworks from the seventeenth century to the present. English Victorian paintings are a particular strength of the collection, while New Zealand favourites Frances Hodgkins, C.F. Goldie, and Colin McCahon are also well represented.

The historic gallery is located on a sunny hill and its park-like grounds provide a superb backdrop and idyllic surroundings for viewing revolving exhibitions from the Aigantighe collection. The gallery also hosts locally generated and nationally touring exhibitions, and offers a wide range of fun activities for children all year round.
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  • Art and Art History-mad granddaughter makes this a must-visit on every trip to Timaru. Exhibitions and displays are varied and most interesting. Plus the added bonus of a magnificent old home and gard...  read more »
  • I am more of a fan on the special events and art events than wandering the rooms looking at the art but everyone needs to see it at least once. Set in a very old house with fabulous gardens full of im...  read more »
  • The Art Gallery is a great asset for Timaru. Constantly changing displays, student art work displays, fun activities for children including dressing up as well as the usual art works. Outside are wond...  read more »
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