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Get your arts and culture fix in Manawatū

GET YOUR ARTS AND CULTURE FIX IN MANAWATŪ

Are you an art aficionado, or just curious to explore your crafty side? Embark on a treasure trail of discovery through Manawatū’s arts and culture scene, and you’ll uncover a talented and passionate community of artists and creatives.  

Gorgeous galleries, immersive museums and open studios lie in every township, allowing you to admire, appreciate and even have a go at creating your own masterpiece. Get in touch with your inner artist and learn more about the region’s ahurea tuakiri (cultural identity), on a journey through a kaleidoscope of colour, canvas, and creative expression. 

SUZANNE MCALLEN POTTERY

Suzanne McAllen is a clay queen and extraordinaire – creating a diverse mix of artistic, sculptural, and functional tableware. For Suzanne, her passion is designing small-batch, unique and rustic pieces that can be enjoyed every day, adding a touch of colour and originality to your dining table or living room.

Head to her studio in Ashhurst and spend some time pottering around the workshop and browsing the verandah store – chances are you’ll pick up a piece or two to take home with you.   

181 Oxford Street, Ashhurst  

FEILDING AND DISTRICT ARTS SOCIETY   

A household name amongst the town’s artistic community, the Feilding and District Arts Society’s   membership has continued to thrive since its inception in 1969. With an engaging new exhibition every month, be sure to time your visit with their regular ‘Have a Go’ sessions, running most mid-week mornings, where you can meet fellow artists over a cup of coffee and a good yarn. They also offer weaving, life drawing and mixed-media classes to get involved in – or browse the shop to stock up on supplies or find a gorgeous gift.  

104 Manchester Street, Feilding  

TE MANAWA MUSEUM

Te Manawa is a cornerstone of Manawatū’s arts scene, providing a space for local stories to be told through a visual showcase. Admire the gallery’s permanent and touring exhibitions, with a mix of established and emerging New Zealand artists on display. Then, take a walk through time in the historic collections and heritage buildings that tell the tales of Manawatū past and present – including what’s believed to be the oldest cottage in Palmerston North.

Open daily, entry is free – plus there’s plenty to keep the tamariki entertained.  

326 Main Street, Palmerston North  

Zimmerman Art Gallery

Pop across the road from Te Manawa and dive deeper into New Zealand’s contemporary artworks at Zimmerman Art Gallery.

You’ll encounter innovative and inspiring exhibitions across their two gallery spaces, rotating monthly with curated picks featuring established and emerging Kiwi artists. Open four days a week, it’s a true Palmy gem.  

329 Main Street, Palmerston North  

SQUARE EDGE ARTS CENTRE

A true hub of creativity, Square Edge has been inspiring budding and professional artists in Palmerston North for over 40 years. It’s a reflection of the community’s diversity and talent – where artists and performers of all forms finesse their skills and showcase their craft. Pop on down to their art-deco premises, and you’ll be greeted by artists at work in the live studios.  

Enjoy something fresh to see each month in their vibrant exhibition spaces, or get involved with a variety of classes and workshops on offer. Before you leave, grab a freshly-brewed coffee and browse the Square Shop, full of high-quality local artworks, flowers and gifts.  

47 The Square, Palmerston North

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