Marlborough’s Millennium Public Art Gallery, one of New Zealand’s youngest public art galleries, opened 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.
New gallery space
The Millenium Public Art Gallery is scheduled to move into a new space at the end of 2022. The new gallery space will be within the ____ building, sharing with the Marlborough District Library.
Tuesday to Friday: 10.30am – 4.30pm
Weekends: 1.00pm – 4pm
Public holidays: closed
The Millennium Public Art Gallery is located central Blenheim - on the corner of Seymour and Alfred Streets (13 Seymour Street), opposite Seymour Square. A Marlborough District Council car park provides metered parking in the Alfred Street Parking Building behind the Gallery.
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.