Collection / 2 May - 26 July 2015

A selection of works from the Millennium Public Art Gallery’s permanent collection; historical and contemporary, including new acquisitions.  Collection contains significant New Zealand art that belongs to the Marlborough community.  This is an opportunity to view works that are rarely seen due to limited exhibition space.   


Disenchanted Prophets / 13 May - 25 June 2017

Disenchanted Prophets

A landmark photograph exhibition of Waitangi protest by recognised New Zealand artists Mark Adams, Bruce Connew, Gil Hanly, John Miller, and Ans Westra.

Buller's Birds - The Art of Keulemans and Buchanan / 2 February - 17 March 2018

Buller's Birds showcases the illustrations that J G Keulemans and John Buchanan produced for Walter Lawry Buller, 1838-1906, and the books he published on the birds of New Zealand. Prints and specimens from the collection of the Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa.

Jason McCormick Artist's Exhibition Talk / 4pm Sunday 17 February 2019

Meet the artist, view and learn about 'Far Too Close..' a solo exhibition by Jason McCormick

Jason McCormick - Far Too Close / 2 February - 17 March 2018

A solo exhibition from Nelson-based artist, Jason McCormick, Far Too Close... is a multi-media exhibition that explores the thought that globalisation centred on corporate power, is a universal cause of unease. This body of work evolved from projects Jason completed for a Master of Fine Arts.

Serious Fun, The Art of Picture Books / 21 June - 27 July 2014

This exhibition features Illustrations by best-selling, entertaining illustrator, Donovan Bixley, with works by the finalists of the most recent Storylines Gavin Bishop Award for emerging illustrators.

Selling the Dream - The Art of Early New Zealand Tourism / 7 February - 20 March 2016

Before television and colour photography, poster art was the most popular advertising mechanism. 'Selling the Dream' is the first dedicated and extensive celebration of tourism posters and other publicity.

Stanley Palmer: Shall Be My Bother: Gallipoli Remembered / 7 May - 19 June 2016

An exhibition of drawings, paintings and monoprints by celebrated NZ artist Stanley Palmer. These works were created from sketches and paintings completed during his recent trip to Gallipoli in 2014. Stanley draws on his personal connection that saw both his Father and Uncle serve in Gallipoli.

Sheyne Tuffery - Paper Architecture / 25 June - 31 July 2016

An exhibition of and recent work by expert printer, Sheyne Tuffery.

Painted Stories 2016 Exhibition / 25 June - 31 July 2016

A colourful, informative and entertaining exhibition featuring the work of twenty of New Zealand’s best-known illustrators with one of their current books.

Euan Macleod – Painter / 6 August – 18 September 2016

Euan Macleod - Painter. Major N Z touring exhibition. Curated by Gregory O'Brien, toured by Exhibition Services Ltd.

James Robinson - Strange Attractor / 24 September - 24 October 2016

A new body of major work by James Robinson

Adam Portraiture Award Touring Exhibition / 19 December 2016 - 29 January 2017

Adam Portraiture Touring Exhibition 2016

Consider + Create + Collect / 28 October - 11 December 2016

Consider + Create + Collect is the Gallery's 2016, themed fundraising exhibition.

Collection / 24 September - 11 December 2016

A selection of works from the Gallery's permanent collection - historical and contemporary; including new donations.

Knox & Tannock / Digital Undergrowth and the Auction of Acceptance / 3 February - 19 March 2017

A new series of drawings by Danny Knox and photography by Jim Tannock

Above the Long White Cloud: Whites Aviation / 25 March - 7 May 2017

Drawn from the collection of the New Zealand Museum of the Everyday, 'Above the Long White Cloud: Whites Aviation', explores the commercial success, technological innovation and photographic artistry of Whites Aviation, and considers its impact on the New Zealand home of the 1950s, 60s and 70s.

Black & White / 25 March - 25 June 2017

Predominantly black and white works from the Gallery's permanent collection. Media range from ceramics, drawings, and photography to sculpture.

Disenchanted Prophets / 13 May - 25 June 2017

A landmark photography exhibition of Waitangi protest by recognised New Zealand artists Mark Adams, Bruce Connew, Gil Hanly, John Miller, and Ans Westra. Developed and toured by the Waitangi Museum.

Public and Private: Photographs of People / 1 July - 1 October 2017

Public and Private depicts people. The private photographs are those we commission or take ourselves. The public ones are those that are taken on our behalf or for other people. Developed and toured by the Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa.

Picture This! / 1 July - 13 August 2017

Picture This! is the latest picture book exhibition collaboration between the New Zealand Painted Stories Children’s Literature Trust, Christchurch, and the Millennium Public Art Gallery, Blenheim.

47⁰ South - Rakiura - Five Artists on Stewart Island / 16 August - 1 October 2017

A touring exhibition of works created by five New Zealand artists inspired by an artist residency project on Stewart Island.

Nicolas Dillon: Observing Nature - the touring version / 14 October - 10 December 2017

Nicolas Dillon: Observing Nature – the touring version
Based on Dillon’s major 2015 survey exhibition, Observing Nature, the Millennium Public Art Gallery has developed a new, smaller exhibition which will travel to public art galleries and museums in other regions after its Marlborough showing.

JS Parker: The Poetry of Surfaces / 9 December 2017 - 11 March 2018

JS Parker: The Poetry of Surfaces
An exhibition of paintings and drawings from late Marlborough artist JS Parker themed around the poems he wrote from 1963 - 2017.

Kiwi in the Kitchen / 24 March - 6 May 2018

Kiwi in the Kitchen: An Eccentric History of Birds in the New Zealand Home

Meredith Marsone: Arbitrary Dreams / 12 May - 17 June 2018

An exhibition of paintings by internationally celebrated, Marlborough-based artist, Meredith Marsone

Folio - Marlborough Youth Art 2018 / 12 May - 20 June 2018

A showcase of outstanding NCEA folio artwork by Marlborough college students

Remembering the Kurahaupo Settlement / 28 June - 5 August 2018

An exhibition curated by Dr Peter Meihana telling the story of the Northern South Island Kurahaupo Iwi's Treaty of Waitangi Settlement.

New Perspectives on Landscape / 11 August - 16 September 2018

New Perspectives is a group exhibition of five recent Masters of Fine Arts graduates from the Dunedin School of Art: Fiona Van Oyen, Sue Pearce, Robyn Bardas, Miranda Joseph and Hannah Joynt.

Nigel Brown – I AM / WE ARE / 22 September - 28 October 2018

Botanical Art Worldwide Ngāi Tipu Taketake – Indigenous Flora / 3 November - 9 December 2018

With over 40 works by contemporary botanical artists, this exhibition is New Zealand's contribution to the first ever Botanical Art Worldwide Exhibition 2018.

Inside/Outside / 3 November - 9 December 2018

2018 Adam Portraiture Award Touring Selection / 19 December 2018 through January 2019

Kermadec - Lines in the Ocean / 6 December 2014 - January 2015

Nine artists explore the South Pacific. The exhibition's works reflect a wide range of approaches and responses, as well as using a range of media including video, tapa-making, painting, photography, etching, film, sound-recording and poetry.

Another View - Millennium Public Art Gallery Collection / 29 March - 15 June 2014

A selection of works from the Millennium Public Art Gallery's permanent collection; both historical and contemporary.

Art + Wine + Festival / 1 February - 16 March 2014

An exhibition celebrating 30 years of the Marlborough Wine Festival.

Places, N Z Printmakers / 26 October - 1 December 2013

A group exhibition by New Zealand printmakers whose work is concerned with landscape and the environment. Artists featured come from Marlborough and throughout New Zealand: Craig Bluett, Dee Copland, Inge Doesburg, Kim Lowe, Wendy Murphy, Jo Ogier, Stanley Palmer, Ben Reid, and Marilynn Webb.

Now & Then, four decades of N Z fine art photography / 3 August - 8 September 2013

Now & Then; Enduring and developing themes in contemporary New Zealand photography. Developed and toured by Te Manawa.

Kobi Bosshard, Objectspace Masters of Craft Series / 3 May - 16 June 2013

Kobi Bosshard - An Exhibition from the Objectspace Masters of Craft Series
Floor Talk with Kobi Bosshard: 2pm Saturday 11 May 2013.

Negotiating this World / 3 May - 16 June 2013

Negotiating this world - is our 2013 themed group fundraising exhibition, with all works for sale.

2012 Adam Portraiture Award / 15 December 2012 - 27 January 2013

The nationally touring selection of 45 portraits from the biennial Adam Portraiture Awards.

Simon Edwards, Mountain Pass / 3 November - 9 December 2012

A new body of landscape work by Canterbury artist, Simon Edwards.

Mirek Smisek, 60 years 60 pots / 15 September - 29 October 2012

Born in Czechoslovakia in 1925, Mirek Smisek (OBE) forged a career as a remarkable New Zealand artist since arriving here in 1951.

Three - Green, Maguire, Schotanus / 15 September - 29 October 2012

New ceramic work by Janet Green, Fran Maguire and Sara Schotanus Three individual exhibitions in one gallery. Ceramic artists Janet Green, Fran Maguire and Sara Schotanus have worked for more than two years to plan this shared exhibition.

Taking a View - collection exhibition / 23 June - 29 July 2012

A selection of works from the Millennium Public Art Gallery's permanent collection, both historical and contemporary, which feature the landscape.

Marian Maguire - Titokowaru's Dilemna / 23 June - 29 July 2012

Maguire chose Herakles, the strongest and most determined of heroes, as pioneer of this New Land in her new series, The Labours of Herakles.

People, Places & Things / 4 August - 9 September 2012

2012 themed, mixed media, fundraising exhibition.

The Stevenson Collection, Contemporary NZ Paintings / 5 May - 17 June 2012

A varied selection of contemporary New Zealand paintings from Marlborough's The Stevenson Collection; features work by significant painters including Trevor Moffitt, Peter Robinson, Tony Bishop, Jude Rae, Star Gossage, Philip Trusttum.

Don Binney, Ocean's Edge / 5 May - 17 June 2012

Don Binney's exhibition, Ocean's Edge, is an evolution from the touring exhibition Drawing the Waitakere Coast which was presented at public art galleries in Nelson and Gore. Ocean's Edge features coastal areas around New Zealand including Marlborough.

Wairua, Tikanga Maori in NZ Children's Books / 4 February - 18 March 2012

This delightful exhibition presented by the Te Tai Tamariki Trust showcases the work of New Zealand children's book illustrators Gavin Bishop, Robin Kahukiwa and Murray Grimsdale. Each of these artisits work has strong ties with Tikanga Maori.

Face Value / 4 February - 18 March 2012

Expressed through photography and film, Serena Giovanna Stevenson's exhibition, Face Value, conveys the universal intimacy of Maori facial moko. Toured by Exhibition Services Ltd.

Blast! - Pat Hanly, the Painter and his Protests / 10 December 2011 - January 2012

A generation ago in 1987, New Zealand passed legislation to make the country nuclear free. The exhibition, Blast! - Pat Hanly - the Painter and his Protests, celebrates that achievement.

Joanna Fieldes & Fran Maguire, Claim to Clay II / 5 November - 4 December 2012

Maori weapons, tea cups, doilies and jugs are a few aspects of the second take on Claim to Clay - a joint exhibition by Auckland-based painter Joanna Fieldes and Marlborough ceramic artist Fran Maguire.

Steven la Plante, Monuments / 5 November - 4 December 2012

AN EXHIBITION OF BLACK & WHITE PHOTOGRAPHS BY STEVEN LA PLANTE. The photographs in this exhibition represent a small selection of a project I have been working on for about 10 years.

Art Marlborough, Toi Wairau / 8 September - 30 October 2011

Sourced from Marlborough collections, Toi Wairau is a unique opportunity for locals and visitors to learn the stories of Marlborough's people, places and events through a wide range of art.

Graham Percy, The Imaginative Life and Times of Graham Percy / 22 July - 28 August 2011

The Imaginative Life and Times of Graham Percy is a major touring exhibition showcasing the charming and immensely entertaining artwork of ex-pat New Zealand illustrator, designer and typographer Graham Percy (1938-2008). Developed and toured by Gregory O'Brien and Exhibition Services Tours.

Local Figures, portraits and figurative works / 18 June - 17 July 2011

Local Figures is an exhibition of portraits and figurative works on loan from Marlborough collections. Several feature local people. All of these works belong to the private collections of Gallery supporters.

Impressions, Marlborough Youth Art 2011 / 18 June - 17 July 2011

Impressions 2001 is an art-focused youth development project featuring an exhibition of art by Marlborough youth.

From Land and Sea / 7 May - 12 June 2011

From Land and Sea is a themed exhibition featuring a variety of works in many media by local and national artists.

Sir Mountford T Woollaston KB, Woollaston 101 / 19 March - 1 May 2011

Woollaston 101 is a historically important exhibition curated by staff at Nelson's public art gallery, The Suter. Toss Woollaston (Sir Mountford Tosswill Woollaston, 1910-1998) is regarded both as one of New Zealand's foremost expressionist landscape.

A New Page, New Illustrators / 5 February - 13 March 2011

The A New Page exhibition features the work of nine talented illustrators at the beginning of their careers. It is designed to emphasise the educational aspect of Te Tai Tamariki and the planning and preparation of a picture book will be a major feature.

The Silver Page, NZ Picture Book Icons / 5 February - 13 March 2011

The Silver Page - a very special exhibition that features the original art work of five multi-award winning senior New Zealand illustrators from a selection of their famous books.

Adam Portraiture Awards Exhibition 2010 / 19 December 2010 - 30 January 2011

The very popular Adam Portraiture Awards exhibition, sponsored by the Adam Foundation and presented by the Portrait Gallery of New Zealand in Wellington, is a wonderfully colourful celebration of New Zealand culture.

NZ Jewellers - Jason Hall, Alan Preston, Lisa Walker / 13 November - 12 December 2010

(Three individual jewellery exhibitions curated by Damian Skinner) 1839 Exchanges: Jewellery by Jason Hall, Lisa Walker: Unwearable, and From Between Tides: Jewellery by Alan Preston

Jim Tannock, Bogan Honesty / 13 November - 12 December 2010

"Bogan Honesty, is a result of wanting to break away from the safety net of the landscape photography I have presented in the past." Jim Tannock

Frank Barnes, A Shepherd and his Ships / 28 August - 3 October 2010

A Shepherd and his Ships is an exhibition showcasing over 28 oil paintings by Frank Barnes, New Zealand's most prolific, naive, maritime artist.

Earthwaulks, Aotearoa Felters / 28 August - 3 October 2010

The Aotearoa Felters or Feltsisters hail from the islands of Hong Kong, Australia and New Zealand [their chosen common ground]. Their current collaboration, Earthwaulks, explores nature dyes and fibres.

Peter Bush - Hard on the Heels: Peter Bush Capturing the All Blacks / 17 July - 22 August 2010

New Zealand's leading rugby photographer, Peter Bush, describes capturing an All Black game as "a total workout". Hard on the Heels is a major, touring survey exhibition of Peter's photography.

Marlborough Children as Artists Exhibition / 5 June - 11 July 2010

The Marlborough Children As Artists exhibition is a formal recognition and a celebration of children's work from the 2010 Marlborough Children as Artists programme.

Impressions - Marlborough Youth Art 2010 / 5 June - 11 July 2010

This annual project is collaboration between the Gallery, the Marlborough District Council and Marlborough youth. Impressions provides an opportunity for young people to be involved in the development and management of an arts project.

Province / 1 May - 30 May 2010

Province is an exhibition of significant art works from public and private Marlborough collections. Many of the contributors of works to this exhibition are major supporters.

Nigel Buxton - Appropriation and Interference / 19 March - 25 April 2010

The artist's drawn copy of a portrait by Picasso, paintings by Henri Matisse, and ladies lifted from Antoine Watteau pictures are some of the elements that play a part in these recent works by Nigel Buxton.

Harvest (Judd, Tannock, Vickers) / 19 March - 25 April 2010

Harvest features a specially commissioned work by Sharon Vickers, new photographs by Kevin Judd and harvest photographic documentary by Jim Tannock.

Off The Page! / 6 February - 14 March 2010

A New Zealand children's picture book exhibition featuring illustrations by Gavin Bishop, Jenny Cooper, Fraser Williamson, Ruth Paul, Ali Teo and John O'Reilly.

Michael Hight - Recent Paintings / 6 February - 14 March 2010

Michael Hight's work considers the notion of the beehive as a metaphor for transformation. Set within rural New Zealand landscapes, stacks of hives become the main protagonist within each of his scenes.

Garden Objets d'Art, Hunter's Garden Marlborough 2009 Auction / 10 October - 8 November 2009

Creations by Marlborough people, invited by the Garden Marlborough committee to contribute works to the fundraising auction exhibition.

Auction exhibition - Art, Wine & Things /2 - 9 May 2009

This fun cocktail party-style event is the major annual fundraiser for Marlborough's public art gallery. Enjoy the art, fantastic wines, great food, jazz, and bring your cheque book! Tickets $75, bookings essential.

Lucien Rizos - New Zealand Photographs 1979-1981 / 20 December 2008 - 1 February 2009

Lucien Rizos was born in Wellington in 1953. Although he has been taking photographs for many years and has amassed a vast body of work (much of which is housed in the National Library archives), he seldom shows his work.

Marian Maguire, The Labours of Herakles / 15 November - 14 December 2008

Having arrived via the Endeavour during Maguire's first popular series, The Odyssey of Captain Cook, shown at the Gallery in 2006, the ancient Greeks in The Labours of Herakles resolve to settle the New Land.

Adam Portraiture Awards Touring Exhibition / 31 January - 15 March 2015

A nationally touring selection of portraits from the 2014 National Portrait Gallery's Adam Portraiture Awards.

Sara Scott - Full Circle / 21 March - 27 April 2015

'Full Circle' is a solo exhibition of recent work by English-trained, Picton-based ceramic artist, Sara Scott. It embraces her New Zealand experiences.

New Urban Realists - Ruth Cleland, Gary McMillan, David Woodings / 21 March - 27 April 2015

'New Urban Realists' explores aspects of everyday urban life. The featured artists are painters who specialise in photo-realism, and each offers images that confront the viewer with familiar aspects of contemporary urban reality.

Joanna Zellmer - forged / 2 May - 14 June 2015

Johanna Zellmer’s fascinating exhibition, 'forged', features two interconnected bodies of contemporary jewellery work.

Brian Brake: Lens on China and Japan / 1 August - 6 September 2015

Brian Brake is widely regarded as New Zealand’s most successful international photographer. His career spanned forty years, from the 1940s to his death in 1988. This exhibition offers two slices from Brian Brake’s career: photographs of China in late 1950s, and those of Japan in 1963 and 1964.

Painted Stories - Joy Cowley, Gecko Press / 20 June - 27 July 2015

'Painted Stories' - Illustrations from books written by Joy Cowley and published by Gecko Press

Kerry Hines - Young Country / 1 August - 6 September 2015

'Young Country' is a fresh and engaging exhibition that brings together nineteenth-century photography and contemporary poetry to offer a new and often surprising view of New Zealand’s past.

Wicked Stitch - Val Griffith Jones / 12 September - 18 October 2015

Wicked Stitch is a survey exhibition of a selection of Val Griffith-Jones' textile work work from the 1980s to now.

Barry Cleavin: The Exact Enigma / 12 September - 18 October 2015

'The Exact Enigma' showcases a significant donation of art works by renowned printmaker, Barry Cleavin, gifted by Ann and John Hercus in 2014 to The Suter Art Gallery Te Aratoi o Whakatū, Nelson.

Nicolas Dillon - Observing Nature / 25 October - 6 December 2015

Observing Nature, is a comprehensive survey of more than three decades of work by Nicolas Dillon, a leading New Zealand wildlife painter who lives and works in Marlborough.

Flora & Fauna 2015 / 25 October - 6 December 2015

The Millennium Public Art Gallery's 2015 themed, mixed media, fundraising exhibition.

Lisa Chandler, China Dream / 18 December 2015 - 31 January 2016

Beijing comes to Marlborough - China Dream - from hútòng to highrise.
A series of paintings by Lisa Chandler based on her 2014 artist residency in Beijing.

Our Land / 18 December 2015 - 31 January 2016

An exhibition of historical and contemporary art that considers Marlborough’s landscape.

When the Lighthouse Fails - Craig Bluett & Wendy Murphy / 7 May - 19 June 2016

When the lighthouse fails features prints and drawings by Craig Bluett & Wendy Murphy inspired the experiences of men from remote parts of the Marlborough Sounds enlisting to serve in World War One.

Farewell Zealandia: Forgotten Kiwi Songs of WW1 / 3 February - 19 March 2017

An exhibition featuring stories of forgotten Kiwi songs from WW1. Developed and toured by Te Manawa.

Shades of Nature / 14 October - 3 December 2017

Our 2017 themed fundraising exhibition featuring a group of artists whose work explores Shades of Nature in a range of media.
Artists: Michael Dell, Nicky Foreman, Linda Holloway, Danny Knox, Alexis Neal, Craig Potton, Elspeth Shannon