Aigantighe Art Gallery, Timaru

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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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  • Fabulous range of art on display very welcoming and ;lovely place to visit. Never felt rushed and outdoor area great.  more »
  • Great for school holiday visits. Plenty of activities for all ages. Changing art exhibitions featuring local, New Zealand and overseas artists. Gallery supports local artists. Helpful staff and volunt...  more »
  • we went to the Aigantighe Art Gallery with high hopes, but only a small part was accessible, which was disappointing. The part in the old historic house (where we especially wanted to go), was not acc...  more »
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  • Amazing arts on displayed. The scuplturs at the garden are so beautiful as well.
  • Great atmosphere. Caring staff.
  • The Aigantighe Art Gallery was founded in 1956 and is renowned today for its rich public art collection, innovative exhibitions, and inspiring education programmes. The Aigantighe prides itself on being a friendly and thought-provoking art museum for everyone.
  • Well set out and things for kids to do
  • Only stopped to pick.up a friend

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