Monday10:30 am – 4:30 pm.
Tuesday10:30 am – 4:30 pm.
Wednesday10:30 am – 4:30 pm.
Thursday10:30 am – 4:30 pm.
Friday10:30 am – 4:30 pm.
Saturday10:30 am – 4:30 pm.
Sunday10:30 am – 4:30 pm.
38 Taupo Quay
Part gallery, part gift shop, Sarjeant Gallery is another brilliant display of the many artists living in Whanganui and leaves no doubt that there’s a real hunger for art in this small town. Well known for its early beginnings and its impressive feat of collecting and exhibiting for over 100 years, this gallery has plenty of punch when it comes to art display. After admiring all the bright and beautiful things on display in the shop, walk through to the hushed gallery where the impressive talents of artists are proudly on display.
Visiting here is free, although koha and donations are always widely appreciated, and it’s clear to see, even in a town with a population of roughly 40,000, there is definitely no shortage of creative talent, or the appetite to see it. Since the Tylee artist-in-residence programme began in 1986 over fifty artists have found some solitude and solace in the cottage, and helped to continually bring new work and life to Sarjeant Gallery.
Named after early colonial Henry Sarjeant, the gallery has nearly 8,000 works in its collection, spanning four centuries, and with things on the walls changing on a quarterly basis, it’s really not enough to visit only once.
Words by Rosie Morrison & Photography by Anna Briggs
38 Taupo Quay
Near Sarjeant Gallery
31 Taupo Quay
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Level 1, Old Chronicle, 21 Drews Avenue
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