My Dunedin Itinerary

Art galleries & exhibitions

Galleries dot the Dunedin landscape. Many of the best of are concentrated in three inner-city areas: Dowling Street, Moray Place and lower Stuart Street.

Blue Oyster Gallery

Located at 16 Dowling Street, the Blue Oyster has been serving up an energetic range of experimental and emerging exhibitions, performances and events monthly in Dunedin since 1999.


Chris Idour

Since 1987, Chris Idour has been in the jewellery industry. He specialises in jewellery by design, wedding and engagement rings and remodelling. His passion is to create unique designs working hand in hand with individuals turning their own vision into a reality. Chris specialises in working in a mixed media of precious metals and stones using techniques to amplify and create truly beautiful jewellery.


Dunedin Public Art Gallery

Dunedin Public Art Gallery houses New Zealand’s oldest public art collection. Light & airy and situated in The Octagon, the gallery is itself a work of art. Old masters feature in its permanent collection, which also contains significant works by local artists including Ralph Hotere and Frances Hodgkins.

There are disabled facilities and entrances, a well-stocked gallery shop, the award-winning Nova café, free Wi-Fi in the Gallery foyer, public toilets and a baby change area.


Gallery De Novo

Gallery De Novo specialises in exhibiting excellent quality original works of art by New Zealand artists in the following mediums; photography, print making, mixed media, pencil drawing, and painting.


The Hocken Gallery

The Hocken Gallery at the Hocken Library showcases the breadth of the Hocken’s collections, which incorporate more than 15,000 artworks, with a changing exhibition programme. The pictures collection traverses the history of New Zealand art from the nineteenth to the twenty first century and includes exceptional work by Colin McCahon and Ralph Hotere, two of New Zealand’s best-known artists of the twentieth century.



Ann Culy established Lure in 1995, one of Dunedin's main exhibition spaces for contemporary New Zealand jewellery. The workshop operates as a retail outlet for 30 jewellers and as a gallery running a lively programme of exhibitions.

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Milford Galleries Dunedin

Milford Galleries Dunedin is a leading dealer gallery representing many of New Zealand’s most significant artists. An active exhibition programme featuring painting, sculpture, glass, ceramic, photography and works on paper is supported by an extensive stock of contemporary art and there are always exceptional investment artworks available to view.


Mint Gallery

Opened in 2011, Mint Gallery is one of Dunedin's newest and freshest galleries. Owner and director Murray Eskdale trained in the UK as a photographer and production manager, before heading to Aotearoa. Exhibiting his own architecturally-themed works to impressive reviews, Murray is also passionate about providing opportunities for developing artists, and has a regular exhibition schedule showcasing the best new talent. Curious to see behind the scenes? Mint also operates a full production workshop which you are welcome to view.


Olveston Historic Home

Olveston has a permanent art collection on display of over 250 artworks by many renowned New Zealand – Hodgekins, Goldie – and many European artists.

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Quadrant Gallery

Dunedin jeweller and sculptor, David Mcleod, and partner Anne Jackman opened Quadrant Gallery on November 9th, 2007. They exhibit and sell contemporary jewellery, sculpture and other 3D artwork from top New Zealand artists.


The Reed Gallery

Opened in March 2006, the Reed Gallery is located on the third floor of the City Library and fulfils A. H. Reed's dream of a readily available space for patrons to view heritage materials. The wonderfully diverse holdings include illuminated medieval manuscripts, Maori resources, early maps of Dunedin, rich genealogical resources, and books on publishing and printing.


University of Otago Library-Special Collections

Special Collections comprises a number of collections containing rare, valuable, and historically significant works that are quite remarkable in New Zealand. It includes collections from de Beer, Shoults, Hogg, McGlashan and Mellor.