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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.

Dunedin Public Art Gallery

The Dunedin Public Art Gallery is one of New Zealand's four major metropolitan art galleries. Established in 1884, the gallery was the first in New Zealand and is well known for the richness of its historic collection, including significant works by Dunedin and national artists such as Ralph Hotere and Frances Hodgkins. Throughout the year, the gallery houses a varied programme of residencies and exhibitions showcasing contemporary artists.

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Artists Room

A dealer gallery representing paintings, prints, drawings, jewellery and ceramics from some of Dunedin and New Zealand's most respected artists. Ranging from Colin Wheeler and Ralph Hotere through to Sam Foley, Sharon Singer, Steev Peyroux and Hannah Joynt; and from Lew Summers to Marion Mewburn. Level One at 2 Dowling Street, Dunedin.


Bellamys Gallery

Family owned Gallery in beautiful Macandrew Bay representing; the etchings, water colours and paintings of Pauline Bellamy; prints by Manu Berry; prints and artworks by John Bellamy; installations, film and photographic artworks by Miranda Bellamy. 495 Portobello Road, Macandrew Bay, Dunedin.

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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.


Brett McDowell Gallery

Brett McDowell carries forward the quality lineage of No5 and Marshal Seifert Galleries operating in the same location since the 1990s and showing many of the same artists. Some of New Zealand's most important artists have shown and regularly show at Brett McDowell including Laurence Aberhart, Jeffrey Harris, Billy Apple® and Joanna Margaret Paul through to contemporary Kushana Bush, Martin Thompson and Ben Cauchi. Visit them at 5 Dowling Street, Dunedin

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Olga Gallery

Formerly Mint Gallery in the heart of the Moray Arts Quarter, Olga Gallery shows intriguing, exciting, important and innovative works by leading contemporary artists – works on paper, ceramics, photography and painting. They also hold work in stock, provide framing and large format printing. Regular artists include Philip Madill, Becky Cameron, Philip Jarvis, Madeline Child, and Jay Hutchinson. 32 Moray Place, Dunedin.


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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.


Gallery On Blueskin

The Gallery at the entrance to Waitati typically represents artists from the North Coast communities alongside featured exhibitions and themed group shows by artists from across the city. A great range of ceramics, jewellery, prints and visual art. The Gallery also operates a bar and restaurant for casual dining Thursday to Saturday. See their facebook page for details about live music presented every weekend. 1 Harvey Street, Waitati.

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Hocken Gallery

The Hocken is a reference-only research library, archive and gallery open to the public. If you do not have a Hocken card or Otago tertiary ID, please bring photo ID to register on arrival. Search for items using their online search tools. Staff retrieve requested items for use in the Reading Room. The Hocken Gallery is open Monday to Saturday showing curated exhibitions of historic topics. The Hocken also host regular public events and talks. 90 Anzac Avenue, Dunedin.


Inge Doesburg

Inge is well known and respected print-maker. Her gallery has an extensive range of works on paper by New Zealand print makers in stock. The gallery shows exhibitions of paintings and prints by many of Dunedin’s finest artists Kim Pieters, Kirsten Ferguson, Juliet Novena Sorrel, Marilyn Webb, Emma Chalmers and Justin Morshuis. 6 Castle Street, Dunedin.

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Koru predominantly shows work by Maori artists or with a Maori theme and features notable local Ngai Tahu artists such as Phylis Smith, James York and Hine Forsyth. Koru has a wide range of beautiful work suitable for gifts including pounamu, stone, carving, ceramics and weaving. Their gallery shows larger works including korowai and sculpture. 2 Castle Street, Dunedin.



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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Margaret Freeman Gallery

The gallery is dedicated to helping marginalised artists share their work. It is also home to the Studio 2 workshops where artists with disabilities are supported to create artwork, experiment with a range of materials and develop their own artistic styles and profiles. 83 Moray Place, Dunedin

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Milford Galleries Dunedin

Milford Galleries Dunedin presents exhibitions which report the quality and diversity of New Zealand art. The gallery combines a programme of solo and group exhibitions of new work by its exhibiting artists with selected works from the secondary market. A new exhibition is opened every four weeks. Irrespective of the solo exhibition programme there is always a large variety of work available to view. Catalogues of the gallery’s full holdings are available for visitors to browse and all work is held on-site in one of New Zealand’s largest art store-rooms. 18 Dowling Street, Dunedin.


Moray Gallery

Moray Gallery is one of the oldest dealer galleries in Dunedin. They represent Dunedin artists and works about Dunedin across ceramics, visual art, prints, small sculpture and glassworks. They’re open six days a week. Alongside solo shows you will see works by Annie Baird, Danny Moorwood, David Elliot, John Z Robinson, Michael Tannock, Rob West and Joanna Tokona. 55 Princes Street, Dunedin.


Otago Art Society

The Otago Art Society have offices, shop and galleries in the top floor of the beautiful Dunedin Railway Station. They have a full programme of events including hosting regular arts competitions, exhibitions, workshops and meetings for members and the wider public. Always a rich range of work to see. Level 1, Dunedin Railway Station, 22 Anzac Avenue, Dunedin.

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Quadrant exhibits and sells contemporary jewellery, sculpture, glasswork and other 3D artwork from top New Zealand artists. Quadrant is run by Dunedin jeweller and sculptor David McLeod and features work by Kobi Bosshard, Blue Black, Simon Wards, Neil Adcock, Jade Muirhead and Nikkie Gibson. 480 Moray Place, Dunedin


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.


Robert Piggott Art Gallery

The Robert Piggott Art Gallery, combined with his working studio, holds regular exhibitions of Robert’s work, as well as a variety of shows by other NZ Contemporary fine artists, along with occasional musical events. 8 Jetty St, Dunedin


Stuart Street Potters Co-Operative

The gallery opposite the Dunedin Courthouse on Lower Stuart Street is a treasure trove of ceramics in all of the forms through cups, bowls and plates for homeware to small and large sculptural pieces. Staffed by the makers the Stuart St Coop is also a great place to discuss art with the artists. 14 Stuart Street, Dunedin

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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.