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Tuesday10:00 am – 5:00 pm.
Wednesday10:00 am – 5:00 pm.
Thursday10:00 am – 5:00 pm.
Friday10:00 am – 5:00 pm.
47 The Square
In 2020 Square Edge celebrated 40 years as Palmerston North’s community arts centre. In the celebratory exhibition, one local resident described the space as one where “Beautiful people, anyone can come in and enjoy themselves - it’s like a village on its own.” And that it is. Inside you’ll find an array of galleries, stores, workshops, studios, community spaces and even a café.
Square Edge stands on what was the original city council building constructed 128 years ago. After being pulled down, the city replaced the building with the current, stunning art deco structure in 1945. Upon entry, you’ll be greeted immediately by whatever local artworks happen to be on display. The exhibitions in the entry, main foyer and workshop rotate every month, meaning there are always new mediums on display.
As you walk down the wide hall, you’ll discover private gallery spaces and studios where the artists themselves are often working with open door policies. Have a chat to any of them to learn more about their work. And don’t be afraid to head upstairs where you’ll find even more tenetted studio spaces. Square Edge even hosts three artists in residence every year on the third floor. If you’re lucky, you might just get to meet them and see their work, too.
Towards the back of the first level, you’ll find FX, Square Edge’s performing art space and Café Royale. Café Royale offers coffee, tasty café plates, craft beer, cocktails and frequent live music events. Continue through the double doors and find more studios, the arts recycling and design center and Green Bike Trust amongst others.
Square Edge truly is a creative village with a delightful hum, but it doesn’t stop there. The event schedule has included arts for wellbeing workshops, crepe making classes, drag bingo, sound bath sessions, drop in French workshops for kids, makers markets and the like.
Square Edge is a complete celebration of this community and its people. Artist in residence Derrick Sims, summed it up well when he said “Those three months, living upstairs, meeting new artists and mentoring students in a new land all while completing my movie, made for one of the best and most fondly remembered moments of my life”. Come experience this special spot for yourself.
Words by Olivia Sisson & Photography by Anna Briggs
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47 The Square
Bruce McKenzie Booksellers
Bruce McKenzie Booksellers is a Palmerston North business with serious staying power. The shop opened over 20 years ago on George Street. Today, Bruce and his daughter Louisa run the shop, at the same location, with a small staff of knowledgeable booksellers.
Located on (you guessed it) Cuba Street, Café Cuba is one of Palmerston’s most popular and long standing cafés and eateries. There’s something for everyone here and the cabinet alone is enough to entice even the most conscientious eaters.
Be Free Grocer
Plastic / package free grocery shopping is the way of the future. But that doesn’t mean it’s easy. At Be Free Grocer, however, it is. Owner Bron and her friendly staff are 100% committed to sourcing the lowest impact groceries around, and they do it with a lot of joy.
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Te Manawa is the place to start if you’re looking to hit the ground running when it comes to getting acquainted with Palmerston North and the greater Manawatū. But we’re not just talking about historical context, Te Manawa is a museum of art, science and heritage.
Zimmerman Art Gallery
When Bronwyn Zimmerman opened Zimmerman Art Gallery in 2010 her goal was to create greater public access to art in the Manawatū. “Art shouldn’t be hidden away or be behind some foreboding wall” she said. As a result this gallery is approachable, open, free and downright fun to visit.
He Ara Kotahi Bridge & Pathway
Get some fresh air at He Ara Kotahi bridge and walkway. The name means ‘a pathway that brings people together’, but you’ll find that this outdoor space does much more than that.