Fill Your Cup With Hamilton's Best Creative Boutiques and Galleries
This is one sure-fire way to soak up the city's artistic energy.
Words by: Jess Willemse
Photography by: Anna Briggs
There are few better ways to feed your spirit than a day spent exploring Hamilton's best boutiques and galleries. Slinging the works and wares of Kiwi artisans, you're sure to stumble upon some inspiration and quality goods. From conscious fashion and homewares stores to traditional and modern galleries, here's how to get your creative fix in Hamilton.
MADE/401 Grey Street, Hamilton East, Hamilton
FOUND is our go-to for that extra-special piece, situated in the ever-so-stylish Riverbank Lane. Owners Ann-Maree and Liz share a passion for well-designed and vintage garments, as well as a flair for homewares. It's hard not to feel welcome in a space like this, as FOUND was created to bring together like-minded people and form new connections. Sounds like a place we want to throw our support behind.
302 Barton Street, Hamilton Central, Waikato, Hamilton
True focuses on 'unique designs, ethical production and elevated quality.' This boils down to respect for the highest quality fabrics and expert craftsmanship, ultimately championing clothing that moves us towards a more sustainable future. In short, they only stock garments from designers with reputable production processes. Here you'll find international brands like VEJA and Bassike, as well as local names like Mahsa and Caitlin Crisp.
Sisters on London
61 London Street, Hamilton Central, Hamilton
Get your global fashion fix in the heart of Hamilton, thanks to the stylish sibling duo over at Sisters on London. Slinging collections from the likes of Sass & Bide, Zimmermann, Karen Walker and P.E Nation, you're covered from head to toe with these designer threads. On the accessories front, you'll find bags from Deadly Ponies and Status Anxiety, as well as jewellery by Meadowlark and Stolen Girlfriends Club.
1 Grantham Street, Hamilton Central, Hamilton
For a taste of New Zealand history through Hamilton's lens, book in time at Waikato Museum Te Whare Taonga o Waikato. As the beating heart of the CBD's creative district, the museum offers plenty of new experiences, exhibitions and events to discover. We recommend blocking out a whole day to unpack everything on offer across the themes of art, history, Tangata Whenua and science. From craft workshops to the annual Contemporary Art Award exhibition, there's never a dull moment at the museum.
120 Victoria Street, Hamilton Central, Hamilton
The heritage candy-coloured facade is your first hint that ArtsPost is worth the trip. Inside the former Post Office, you're sure to uncover something new thanks to the ever-rotating collection of artists. Wind your way through three thoughtfully curated galleries, and you'll be greeted by a frenzy of whimsical pieces like textiles, pottery, artwork and jewellery.
300 Barton Street, Hamilton Central, Hamilton
If you need a dose of inspiration, hightail it to Soul Gallery over on Barton Street. Here, you have permission to lose yourself in all things quirky and colourful, celebrating New Zealand-made art, crafts and treasures. Founder Lisa Voigt's vision for the gallery is to "create a haven where people could come to appreciate a melting pot of New Zealand art and design." It's safe to say she's absolutely nailed that.
Laree Payne Gallery
286 Victoria Street, Hamilton
Ideally situated between Riverbank Lane and the Waikato River, it's easy to drop by Laree Payne Gallery on any day out in central Hamilton. Gallerist Laree prides herself on offering the only dealer gallery in Waikato, with new exhibitions popping up every month. It's all about contemporary Kiwi artists here. Works span engaging mediums like three-dimensional wall hangings, thought-provoking sculptures, and serene nature-inspired pieces.
111 Collingwood Street, Hamilton Central, Hamilton
With more than 20 years in the business, Ramp Gallery is an institution in Waikato's creative scene. Fittingly situated adjacent to Hamilton's Wintec School of Media Arts, Ramp delivers an inclusive space for students and locals to soak up work by Aotearoa's contemporary artists. From provocative large-scale installations to poignant yet powerful artworks, there's no doubt this spot will get your creative cogs churning.
In partnership with Hamilton Central Business Association and Hamilton & Waikato Tourism.
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