The Marlborough Art Gallery, one of New Zealand’s youngest public art galleries, opened as the Millennium Public Art Gallery in December 1999 in a renovated building opposite Seymour Square in the centre of Blenheim. A group of local enthusiasts saw the region’s need for a public art gallery and brought their dream to reality.
At the Gallery you will see work from leading local, national and international artists in a fantastic range of regularly changing art exhibitions, programmes and events. The Gallery is dedicated to providing an accessible and informative visual arts experience and is proud to have received several awards. Exhibitions range from solo to group compositions and are sourced through the Gallery’s growing permanent collection, artists and other institutions. In recent years, the Gallery has initiated regional cultural projects and contributes to many collaborations outside the gallery building - including festivals, regional promotion, sculpture acquisition and youth art installations.
A not for profit organisation, governed by a Charitable Trust and professionally managed; the Gallery's operation is supported by an extensive network of volunteers. It is funded by an annual Council grant, donations, fundraising and sponsorship as well as sales of local and New Zealand made art work, jewellery and books from the gallery shop.
Tuesday – Friday: 10am – 4pm
Weekends: 1pm – 4pm
Public holidays: closed
The Marlborough Art Gallery is located central Blenheim - on the corner of High and Symons St (15 High Street). A Marlborough District Council car park provides metered parking on High St and to the rear of the building on Wynen St.
A public art gallery has many people working largely behind the scenes to present a stimulating programme for visitors to enjoy. The Gallery team comprises 5 staff (2 full-time equivalents) and a wonderful complement of volunteers.
Volunteer front of house staff who greet weekday visitors are a vital part of the Gallery's team. Volunteering at the Gallery is a rewarding way to meet new people, extend arts knowledge and offer time and skills to the wider community.