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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  • WOW! There is an incredible exhibition of modern maori/nz art that is a must see for lovers of nz ecology, bird, forests, and maori art! Go see it you will be blown away totally!!!  more »
  • Only a small part open due to possible earthquake checking which was a disappointment. Enjoyed what I did see though .  more »
  • Fabulous range of art on display very welcoming and ;lovely place to visit. Never felt rushed and outdoor area great.  more »
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  • it is a wonderful place. a real pity the wonderful old house part is closed. would have thought that after all this time after the quake it would have been sorted. loved the grounds and the sculptures. friendly staff and what we did see was great
  • Very helpful and friendly staff and enthusiastic staff. Coping well with ongoing structural issues. Perhaps put the donation box in a more prominent place. Sculpture trail and gardens are a tranqil place to relax and enjoy. More could be made of the outdoor space with addition of a cafe?outdoor teaching space for school children. Beautiful setting and gorgeous historic building.
  • This is an amazing place to view guest artists, local arts, and permanent paintings. Also the local rock painting group (TimaruRocks) leave their wonderful treasures here for you to find!
  • Superb art exhibition on until 21 Jan 2018. Increadible modern maori/nz native ecology art on display right now! Get in and see it you will be blown away!
  • Nice outdoor sculpture area to walk around
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