Blue Oyster

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Tuesday11:00 am – 5:00 pm.

Wednesday11:00 am – 5:00 pm.

Thursday11:00 am – 5:00 pm.

Friday11:00 am – 5:00 pm.

Saturday11:00 am – 3:00 pm.


16 Dowling Street, Central Dunedin, Dunedin

03 479 0197

The scenery’s forever changing at Blue Oyster, the largest contemporary art project space in Otago/Southland. Originally founded in 1999, the space has been operating out of its Dowling Street location since 2013 and is dedicated to supporting critical artwork produced in Aotearoa New Zealand, operating as a non-profit art space to give artists, writers and curators the opportunity to experiment, create and test their ideas without the pressure to sell their work.

With a new exhibition every 5-6 weeks, there’s always something fresh to appreciate. Blue Oyster also produces publications and plays host to other events within the arts community, including artist talks, panel discussions, workshops and film screenings.

One of a small group of artist-run spaces set up in the 90s, Blue Oyster only grows stronger year to year, using their skills, resources and services to help emerging creatives professionally develop their artistic practices. It’s free to come and see Blue Oyster shows and participate in their other events, so simply sign up to the email list on their home page to get all the updates and opportunities in your inbox.

Words by Abigail Egden & Photography by Naomi Haussmann

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16 Dowling Street, Central Dunedin, Dunedin

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