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The Miles Art Awards 2020 Peoples Choice Award

Matatoki: Mata ā Waka

22 February - 27 September 2020

Lianne Edwards: Sentinels and Sea Change

14 March 2020 – 13 September 2020

The Miles Art Awards 2020 Exhibition

14 March 2020 – 12 August 2020

Kelcy Taratoa: who am i? episode 001

5 October 2019 – 1 March 2020

Kelcy Taratoa : Te Kore, Te Wiwia!

Terminus: Jess Johnson & Simon Ward

20 July - 27 October 2019


22 June – 6 October 2019


Photo: Tony Nyberg

Hā: Lewis Tamihana Gardiner

22 June – 13 October 2019


22 June – 13 October 2019

Te Rangi Haupapa – a woven history

19 October 2019 - 8 March 2020


9 November 2019 - 9 February 2020

Let me tell you a story...

30 March - 16 June 2019

Gary Baseman: Imaginary Friends

30 March - 7 July 2019

Time Spy: Sun Xun

30 March - 7 July 2019

Ahsin Ahsin: Neon Utopia

16 March - 22 September 2019


23 February – 9 June 2019


2019 Signature Show

Remembering Rodin

26 January - 24 March 2019

Folio Exhibition 2018

17 December 2018 - 13 January 2019

Whatu Manawa: Celebrating the Weaving of Matekino Lawless

15 December 2018 – 10 March 2019

#space+time: Through the Art of Askew One

15 December 2018 - 10 March 2019

Stories of Rust

1 December 2018 - 10 February 2019

Colourfield: An Installation by Emma Prill

10 November 2018 - 24 February 2019

Say It, Just Say It

3 November 2018 - 20 January 2019

Soft Paradise / Ka Rongo Te Pō, Ka Rongo Te Ao

29 September – 2 December 2018

Cat Auburn: The Horses Stayed Behind

29 September - 2 December 2018

Beyond Geyserland: Highlights from the Rotorua Museum Art Collection

15 September - 18 November

(Image: Mark Adams, Toot and whistle steam railway, Kuirau Park, Rotorua, Collection of Rotorua Museum Te Whare Taonga o Te Arawa, (2003.51.51)

The Rooms

4 August - 24 October 2018

Evan Woodruffe: the world is porous

28 July – 28 October 2018

Children of Mallarmé

30 June – 16 September 2018

Miles Art Awards 2018

16 June - 2 September, 2018 

Exosphere: Gregory Bennett

June 16 – October 28, 2018

Whose Water Are You?

14 April - 15 July, 2018

Light Touch

31 March - 17 June, 2018

Art Loves You

24 February - 15 July 

Art That Needs You

24 February – 3 June

James Ormsby: TU [the space between]

3 February – 1 April 2018

Future Islands

20 January - 18 March, 2018

Folio Exhibition 2017

16 December, 2017 - 14 January, 2018

The Future Machine

14 October 2017 - 21 January 2018 

Roger Ballen's Theatre of the Mind

23 September 2017 - 11 February 2018 

Bob Jahnke: ATA: a third reflection

9 September 2017 – 7 January 2018

Bridget Reweti - Irihanga

9 September 2017 – 7 January 2018

Top Art 2017

September 2 - September 7, 2017 

The 80s Show

July 1 - August 27, 2017

Toi Mauri: Contemporary Māori Carving by Todd Couper

July 1 - September 10, 2017 

Generosity: Gifts for a Gallery

Curated by Penelope Jackson

July 1 - September 17, 2017 

Jae Kang: Waves of your Breath

July 1, 2017 - 11 February, 2018 

Willow: An installation by Sara Hughes

July 1 - October 1, 2017 

Paradox Inside

28 March - 15 June 2017 


Medicine Buddha Sand Mandala: for Global Healing and World Peace

8 February - 11 March, 2017 

Whenua Hou: New Māori Ceramics

29 October 2016  – 29 January 2017

Folio Exhibition 2016

17 Dec 2016 - 19 Jan 2017 

A Garden Project by Richard Orjis

18 November 2016 – February 2017

Grafted: Paintings of Contemporary Polynesian Gardens by Barry Dabb

12 November 2016 – 12 March 2017 


Yvonne Todd 

New work by New Zealand artist and photographer Yvonne Todd

19 August - 6 November 2016

Continuum - An installation by Veronica Herber

17 October 2016 – 12 March 2017 

Koula: The Collections of Niki and Theo Vellinga

17 December 2016 -  12 March 2017 

Miles Art Awards

The fourth installment of our much anticipated biennial awards and exhibition

13 August - 16 October, 2016

Fictitious Bodies

Costume in Yvonne Todd's Photography
Curated by Claire Regnault

3 September - 4 December 2016

Circuit - Repeat/Rotate/Reflect

In this series of moving image works the patterns of geometry take center stage. 

8 August 2016 - 6 January 2017 

Slit Scan - Seung Yul Oh

Oh has envisioned a massive sculptural intervention that envelopes the visitor as they enter the gallery.

2 July - 2 October 2016 

Top Art 2016

Top Art is an annual touring exhibition featuring a selection of the NCEA Level 3 portfolios that achieved Excellence in Visual Art.

22 June - 30 June 2016 


Natura Naturans

This Hokianga-based artist captures the quiet moments that we often don’t take the time to see or fail to notice.

11 June - 21 August 2016

Petrus van der Velden: Art of two halves

11 June - 21 August 2016

Showcasing a number of works spanning the artists’ Dutch and New Zealand years, exploring his dramatic approach to subject and theme.

The Universe: Max Gimblett

21 May - 31 July 2016

Tauranga Art Gallery presents a selection of paintings and works-on-paper by New York-based, New Zealand artist Max Gimblett.


23 April - 14 August 2016

Surreal and mysterious work by Alex McLeod (Canada), Mark Rodda (Australia) and Peter Madden (New Zealand). 

Craig McClure: Atlas

26 March - 29 May, 2016

Created for the vault, Atlas is a site specific installation that draws together the many threads of McClure’s art making.

World Builder: The Bob Gerrard Story

25 March - 29 May, 2016

This exhibition presents the life and work of an extraordinary self-taught artist whose work has rarely been seen outside of Wellington. 

Elliot Collins: The Weight of History

27 February - 19 June, 2016

For the atrium Auckland artist Elliot Collins has produced one of his signature installations. He combines elements that respond to his significant career to date with ideas he is exploring as part of his doctoral studies.

To & Fro

8 February - 17 July, 2016 

These moving image works explore notions of travel and the unusual modes we use to get from one place to another.

Matt Dowman: A Brighter Future

February 6 -  April 17, 2016

Known for his vibrant and complex large-scale works, Auckland artist Matt Dowman blends a free wheeling expressive abstraction with figurative elements that reference popular culture in an edgy streetwise mash-up.

Medal Artists of New Zealand 25th Anniversary Exhibition: Regroup Reflect Regenerate

February 6  -  May 8, 2016

This exhibition looks to the past, present and future practices of an impressive group of 33 medal artists. 

Choice - A changing series of artworks selected from the Tauranga Art Gallery Collection

19 January - 1 June, 2016

This changing display of artwork highlights the gems in the Tauranga Art Gallery Collection. 



Woollaston: The Wallace Arts Trust Collection, 1931 - 1996

December 19, 2015 - March 13, 2016

The Wallace Arts Trust holds a remarkable collection of works by Sir Mountford Tosswill Woollaston. Born in rural Taranaki in 1910, long and famously resident in the Nelson district, knighted in 1979 for services to the arts

Tungaru: The Kiribati Project

14 November, 2015 - 24 January, 2016

Tungaru: The Kiribati Project is a collaboration between contemporary New Zealand artists, Chris Charteris and Jeff Smith.

Waitangi Wahine

23 October - 6 December, 2015

In commemoration of the 175th anniversary of the signing of Te Tiriti o Waitangi/The Treaty of Waitangi.


17 October, 2015 - 14 February, 2016

Developed especially for the atrium space, John Reynolds’ new show Blutopia: MANIFESTO is a comment on all things ‘blue’. 

Everyday Things

16 October 2015 - 17 April, 2016 

Each of these deceptively simple films highlights the strange, surprising and humorous moments we are surrounded by everyday.

The Supremes

19 September - 01 November, 2015

Mandy Hague, Marianna Bullmore and Lea-Anne Sheather are the Supreme Award winners of the Tauranga Art Gallery Miles Art Awards.

Time Capsule

22 August - 27 September, 2015 

The Time Capsule initiative aims to connect people with art, and creating a sense of belonging and ownership of Tauranga's cultural institution. 

Make me: Darcell Apelu

8 August - 13 September 2015 

The focus of this exhibition is to highlight issues around Pacific identity and how that fits within Tauranga's environment and culture.

Printmaking: Beyond the Frame

8 August - 18 October, 2015 

The title refers to the frame that surrounds a two dimensional work, isolating it from the wall. 

The Talisman Project: Mia Straka & Roger Kelly

1 August - 1 November, 2015 

The Talisman Project has been constructed for people to look at, touch, enter, walk through and wear. 

Invitation to Openness:Substantive and Transitive States

20 June - 4 October, 2015 

Invitation to Openness—Substantive and Transitive States is an ambitious installation of hundreds of flocked bronze white moths.

Ray Ching: Dawn Chorus: The Fables

13 June - 19 July, 2015

World-renowned artist Ray Ching has created a truly unique celebration of New Zealand’s birds and landscapes in his latest collection of works.

Illustrations from Te Papa's Buller's Birds

13 June - 19 July, 2015

A Te Papa art exhibition showcasing the illustrations from New Zealand’s most famous book on native birds.

Norm & Noeleen

30 May - 02 August, 2015

A photographic exhibition by Bernie Harfleet and Donna Turtle Sarten are two personal series follow the demise of the artists’ parents 

Te Whare Tawhiao

16 May - 19 July, 2015 

Shona Tawhiao mixes traditional Maori weaving skills with her eye for contemporary design. 

Uku Rere Nga Kaihanga Uku and beyond

16 May - 02 August, 2015 

This exhibition tells the story of Nga Kaihanga Uku from its beginnings in relation to Maori mythology and the stories that have followed since.

Top Art 2015

13 - 21 May, 2015

An annual touring exhibition featuring a selection of the NCEA Level 3 portfolios that achieved Excellence in Visual Art.

Wildlife Photographer of the Year

6 March - 7 June, 2015

The world-renowned Wildlife Photographer of the Year exhibition, on loan from the Natural History Museum in London. 

Ewan McDougall Fun and Fury

27 February - 07 June, 2015

An exhibition of work by leading Dunedin artist Ewan McDougall, with the intense colour and texture he is well known for. 


ANZAC: Photographs by Laurence Aberhart

14 February - 10 May, 2015

ANZAC is an exhibition of photographs by acclaimed New Zealand photographer Laurence Aberhart, and toured by Dunedin Public Art Gallery. 

Gifted 3

14 February - 02 May, 2015

A selection of works recently gifted to Tauranga Art Gallery, with artists including Dame Robin White, Euan Macleod, Juliet Bellany, and Horatio Robley. 

The Garden of Forking Paths: Anya Sinclair

15 November 2014 - 08 February, 2015

Anya Sinclair's works evoke her upbringing in the bush of Auckland's Waiktakere Ranges, but also bring in the sensory experiences of her travels.

John Blackburn: In the Shadow of the Mount

13 November, 2014 - 08 February, 2015

Titled simply, Blackburn's pieces often have more to them than meets the eye. 

Euan Macleod: The Painter in the Painting

17 October, 2014 - 22 February, 2015 

Featuring 50 works spanning 1984 to 2014 this is the first major survey of Macleod's work to be shown in New Zealand.

Whale Years: Paintings by Gregory O'Brien

17 October, 2014 - 08 February, 2015 

Painter and poet Gregory O'Brien found himself following the migratory routes of whales across the South Pacific Ocean. 




One for the Whales

17 October, 2014 - 15 February, 2015 

One for the whales is a project that commenced with an idea by the National Whale Centre's project director meeting with a number of artists 

Ian Scott:Works from the Wallace Trust Collection 1966-1998

13 September - 09 November, 2014 

Between the late 1980s and 1990s the Wallace Arts Trust acquired a wide ranging collection of 27 works by the late artist, a number of which are among his most important. 

Tracey Williams in Phantasyland

13 September - 12 October, 2014 

Tracey Williams' work appropriates everyday events, things or ideas, and represents them in ways that asks the viewer to consider how their own sense of reality is constructed.

John and Juliet

21 August - 09 November 2014 
John Bellany (1942 - 2013) was a major Scottish artist. He married fellow artist Juliet Gray in 1979. They met at Goldsmiths’ College of Art, London.

The Miles Art Awards 2014

15 August - 12 October, 2014 
The Miles Art Award 2014 - an award and accompanying exhibition held every two years.

Top Art 2014

16 July - 24 July, 2014

Top Art is an annual touring exhibition featuring a selection of the NCEA Level 3 portfolios that achieved Excellence in Visual Art in the previous year. 

Black Rainbow

28 June - 12 October, 2014 

This touring exhibition from Te Papa features black paintings by Hotere alongside Parekowhai's distinctive Venice Biennale work


ART101: A Beginner's Guide

14 June - 07 September, 2014 

ART101 is a journey into artistic practice touching on techniques, subject matter, materials and examples of work. ART101 aims to encourage curiosity about art.



Innocents Abroad - Touring the Pacific through a colonial lens

12 June - 17 August, 2014 

Innocents Abroad - Touring the Pacific through a colonial lens is a touring exhibition from Te Papa Tongarewa.

Bob Kerr: Number 1 Field Punishment

12 April - 08 June, 2014 

This is a powerful, narrative exhibition detailing one of the dark stories of New Zealand's involvement in World War. 

Terry Stringer: Landscape of the Head

4 April - 10 August, 2014 

An exhibition of work from leading New Zealand sculptor Terry Stringer.

A Lasting Legacy

28 March, 2014 - 08 June, 2014 

A Lasting Legacy: Horatio Gordon Robley with works by Bob Kerr & Elizabeth Kyle

Dave Roy: Lest We Forget

15 March - 08 June, 2014

With these 12 works - five bronze and stainless steel sculptures and seven mixed media - Dave Roy offers a tribute to the ANZACs. 

Whopper: Miranda Parkes

07 March - 15 June, 2014 

A new work by Christchurch artist Miranda Parkes, designed especially for the Gallery's unique Atrium space. 


Alex Monteith: Big Wave Aotearoa

25 January - 06 April, 2014

Big Wave Aotearoa depicts professional surfers surfing hugely dangerous ocean waves. 

Whakawhiti Āria: Transmission

18 January - 30 March, 2014 

This exhibition profiles the work of three leading contemporary Maori artists, Shane Cotton, Israel Birch, and Robert Jahnke.

Aesop's Kiwi Fables: Paintings by Ray Ching

09 January - 25 March, 2014

A selection of 12 paintings and one sculpture by an artist widely acclaimed as one of the greatest contemporary painters of birds.

Toshi Endo: Conduit

21 December, 2013 - 10 March, 2014

Conduit is a minor excursion into the abstraction of video game technology. 

With Bold Needle & Thread

02 November, 2013 - 12 January, 2014

1920 - 1960 Vintage Needlework from the Rosemary McLeod Collection

Matthew Couper: Thirty Three

26 October, 2013 - 05 January, 2014

This touring exhibition features a series of 33 paintings each documenting a year in the life of the artist.

Gregor Kregar: Foucault's Pendulum

23 October, 2013 - 23 February, 2014 

A site-specific new work made from aluminium combined with recycled neon lights

Angela Tiatia: Edging and Seaming

17 October - 15 December, 2013 

Edging and Seaming demonstrates the correlation between economic power and individual empowerment and identity.


Meridian Lines

21 September, 2013 - 19 January, 2014 

Meridian Lines: Contemporary art from the Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa 

Collecting Nigel Brown

27 August - 13 October, 2013 

Collecting Nigel Brown features works from the Gallery Trust Collection. 

Corrugations: The Art of Jeff Thomson

29 June - 20 October, 2013 

Corrugations is a significant exhibition hailing three decades of work by Kiwi sculptor Jeff Thomson.

Painting Mauao

08 June - 15 September, 2013

Painting Mauao: Painted images of Mount Maunganui since the mid-19th century

Bob Kerr: Hell Here Now

20 April - 02 June, 2013 

Bob Kerr: 'Hell Here Now': The Gallipoli Diary of Alfred Cameron

Collecting Robin White

20 April - 02 June, 2013

The Gallery has a small collection of works by Te Puke-born Dame Robin White. 

Now & Then

13 April - 23 June, 2013 

Now & Then: Enduring and developing themes in contemporary New Zealand photography

Raye Catran: The State of the House

13 April - 25 June, 2013

Inspired by a lifelong interest in houses and curiosity about the people who live in them. 

Wayne Youle: So they say

23 February - 19 June, 2013 

This is a one-off exhibition of work designed specifically for the Tauranga Art Gallery Atrium.


16 February - 09 April, 2013 

The 15 works in this exhibition belong to the private collections of Friends of the Gallery. 


02 February - 14 April, 2013 

Bedazzled showcases more than 20 costumes designed for the Royal New Zealand Ballet by Kristian Fredrikson, as well as exquisite drawings.

Twenty Years of Winners

19 January - 07 April, 2013 

Twenty Years of Winners: The Wallace Art Awards Paramount Winners 1992 - 2011 showcases the twenty winning works from two decades of the Wallace Art Awards.

Joanna Langford: Shifting Sands

08 December 2012 - 17 February 2013 

Joanna Langford's installation has an organic, whimsical feel about it, especially for the Gallery Atrium.

Emily Valentine: Feather Fancier

01 December 2012 - 10 February 2013 

A collection of work by the New Zealand-born, Australian-based artist, who uses feathers - often from road kill - for her artworks.

Love, Life & Loss

10 November 2012 - 27 January 2013 

Twenty-three works from the Victorian and Edwardian eras, were sourced from around New Zealand 

The Return of Lynley Dodd: A Retrospective

10 November 2012 - 13 January 2013

 The Return of Lynley Dodd: A Retrospective features works from Dame Lynley's latest book, Early Bird

Gretchen Albrecht: A Luminous Shade

05 October - 02 December 2012 

Grand in scale, the works still abound with rich layering, perhaps conjuring the flora in a lush and fabulous garden.

Alex Monteith: Rena

29 September - 25 November, 2012

A reminder of the destruction suffered by the Bay of Plenty coastline as the one year anniversary of the grounding approaches.

Haunts of Dickens

26 September - 04 November, 2012 

Haunts of Dickens celebrates the bi-centenary of Charles Dickens' birth in 1812.

Miles Art Awards 2012

22 September - 4 November, 2012 

The Miles Art Award 2012 is an exhibition of art for, and by, the local community.

Brian Brake: Lens on the world

01 June - 16 September 2012 

The show features more than 150 superb photographic reproductions from Te Papa's permanent art collection

Rob McLeod: Mixing Different Heavens

01 June - 30 September, 2012

With ground level creations such as The Small Man, The Crowd, and The Outsiders.

À la Mode

06 April - 20 May 2012 

A selection of fashion plates from Rudolf Ackermann's 19th century publication Ackermann's Repository of the Arts

Edward Bullmore

05 March - 01 April 2012 

A small selection of the Edward Bullmore (1933 - 1978) artworks gifted to the Tauranga Art Gallery in 2006.

Darryn George: Rata

18 February - 25 May 2012 

Darryn George looks at the shared misfortune suffered by his home of Christchurch, and Tauranga in 2011.


11 February - 26 May 2012

Whakarongo features the work of nine Maori artists from as far north as Auckland and as far south as Christchurch.

The Labours of Herakles

11 February - 01 April, 2012

Herakles, a hero of ancient Greek myth, is cast in this exhibition as a New Zealand pioneer attempting to tame the land.

Dutch Etchers in a Golden Age

04 February - 25 March, 2012 

Etching became a major medium for picture-making in the Netherlands during the 17th century, the 'golden age' of Dutch art. 

Bob Tulloch: A Tribute

10 Dec, 2010 - 30 Jan, 2011

Tribute is Bob Tulloch's accolade to the people who have made a significant and positive contribution to the city. 

Artful Spies

04 Dec 2010 - 20 Feb, 2011 

A selection of works from the Tauranga Art Gallery collection, with a few hidden secrets.


19 November, 2011 - 06 February, 2012

In May 2011 a group of leading artists from the South Pacific region travelled to a place rarely explored - the Kermadec Islands. 

Another Green World

05 Nov 2010 - 20 March, 2011

Another Green World is a culmination of years of Elizabeth Thomson's exploration of botanic themes.

World Press Photo

15 October - 6 November, 2011

The award-winning images in this travelling exhibition will be seen by two million people in 45 countries.

The imaginative life and times of Graham Percy

10 September - 13 November, 2011

This exhibition rediscovers the work of one of New Zealand's most talented and original artists. 

All Black

27 August - 9 October, 2011

An exhibition featuring works which highlight blackness in New Zealand art - timed for the Rugby World Cup 2011.

Glen Hayward: For Want of a Nail

20 August - 08 November, 2011

Wanganui-born Glen Hayward has been described as 'an illusionist', as he replicates everyday items in wood. 

Kelcy Taratoa: Crisis And Isolation

16 July - 06 November, 2011

In this one-off show of vibrant large scale works, Taratoa seeks to explore our alternate realities

Faces of Friends

25 June - 14 August, 2011

The portraits in Faces of the Friends have been loaned from private collections belonging to Friends of the Gallery. 

Painting New Zealand: Art from Te Papa 1890 - 1950

22 June - 21 August, 2011 

A selection of 23 works from Te Papa's collection depicts the variety of subjects, styles and techniques. 

The Kelliher Collection: Past and Present

14 May - 04 September, 2011

With works from artists including Peter McIntyre, Toss Woollaston, Austen Deans, and Dick Frizzell.


14 May - 04 September, 2011

Landscape, as a painting genre, remains popular to the present day.

Drawn from Italy: Mantegna to Kauffmann

19 March, 2011 

Drawings and prints from Te Papa's collection, illustrating the influence of Italian ideas about art 

Lynley Dodd: A Retrospective

05 March - 08 May, 2011

A selection of images from Lynley Dodd's books, from the earliest to the most recent. 

Rita Angus: Selected Works

26 February - April 10, 2011 

This touring exhibition from Te Papa's collection, features 40 works covering the span of Angus' career from 1929 - 1949.

Miles Art Awards 2010

18 December, 2010 - 27 February, 2011 

Whakatane artist Mandy Hague has won the inaugural Miles Art Award in 2010. 


04 Dec, 2010 - 20 Feb, 2011

The colour yellow has the capacity to infect one's mood. 

My Casa is your Casa: Lauren Lysaght

16 October - 05 December, 2010

Lysaght surrounds her cosy model of suburbia with gargoyles

In Bloom: Karl Maughan

01 October - 28 November, 2010

Maughan paints gardens, a theme that has made him nationally and internationally recognised.

The Cock Fight Night: Jacquelyn Greenbank

01 October - 28 November, 2010

Two cockerels stare beady-eyed at each other across the ring.

The Making of the Word Witch

11 September - 12 December, 2010

An exhibition that will not only delight, but inspire, the child in all of us.

The Seven Ages of Man: Pat Hanly

25 August - 10 October, 2010

Hanly's suite of work references Shakespeare's "all the world's a stage" monologue from As You Like It. 


The Asian: Heather Straka

06 August - 26 September, 2010

The Asian questions the significance of the original versus the copy. 

Te Pūtahitanga ō Rehua - Reuben Paterson

14 July - 26 September, 2010 

Te Pūtahitanga ō Rehua is Reuben Paterson’s first digital animation

Top Art 2010

12 July - 22 July, 2010

The Top Art Visual Arts is an exhibition of art folios that achieved Excellence in NCEA Level 3.

Bohemians of the Brush: Pumpkin Cottage Impressionists

03 July - 05 September, 2010

The importance of a small rustic cottage at Silverstream, near Wellington, to NZs first Impressionist painters.

Femme du monde - Frances Hodgkins

03 July - 05 September, 2010

Frances Hodgkins is considered one of New Zealand's most prestigious and influential painters. 


Edward Bullmore: Life Studies

03 July - 22 August, 2010 

A suite of life studies painted by Edward Bullmore mainly during his time in London, during the 1960s.

Whakapapa: Get Down Upon Your Knees. Reuben Paterson

12 June - 31 October, 2010 

Reuben Paterson's glittering installation comes direct from the 6th Asia Pacific Triennial of Contemporary Art (APT) in Brisbane. 

Surface Tension

21 May - 01 August, 2010

An exhibition by contemporary New Zealand artists who treat the canvas like a sculpture.

Bears and Smack: Bernie Harfleet and Donna Sarten

13 May - 11 June, 2010

Harfleet and Sarten use their art to draw attention to social and political injustices. 

Of Course I Meant It When I Said I Didn't Mean It: Jill Sorensen

30 April - 27 June, 2010 

Drawing is central to Jill Sorensen's work, it is a tool she uses to investigate two fundamental functions of the brain. 

The Farmer: John McLean

24 April - 27 June, 2010 

McLean works in a pseudo Surrealist style. His paintings operate on two levels.

Kathleen's Collection: the Kathleen Kirkby Collection

24 April - 27 June, 2010 

The collection comprises 26 works that were collected by Kathleen Kirkby and her father, Sir Robert Anderson. 

Throw Up: Judy Darragh

13 March - 06 June, 2010

Deservedly known as the 'Queen of Kitsch', Judy Darragh works with ready made and utilitarian objects

Hawaiki: Nigel Borell

06 March - 16 May, 2010 

Borell explores the theme of cultural connections through a series of large scale paintings. 

Pacific Washup: Rachael Rakena, Fez Fa'anana & Brian Fuata

06 March - 16 May, 2010 

The explores issues around migration. In surreal scenes we see bodies wrapped in plastic carry-bags washing up on Bondi Beach.

The House That James Built: art from the James Wallace Arts Trust

27 February - 09 May, 2010 

A suite of very contemporary works from The James Wallace Art Trust. 

Mountain to the Sea: Len Castle

20 February - 18 April, 2010 

Mountain to the Sea is a celebration of the inspiration that  the New Zealand landscape has been for ceramic artist Len Castle.

Ey! Iran: Contemporary Iranian Photography

13 February - 25 April, 2010 

An exhibition of Contemporary Iranian Photography

Navigating her way: Doreen McNeill

12 February - 18 April, 2010

In her 80th year, Doreen McNeill continues to paint with passion and gusto.


27 December, 2009 - 31 January, 2010

Gifted showcases a selection of works that have been gifted to Tauranga Art Gallery. 

Black Carnival: Christine Webster

18 December, 2009 - 28 February, 2010 

A thought provoking work full of drama that questions an individual’s identity. 

Nga Kakahu: Jo Torr

12 December, 2009 - 21 February, 2010 

In Nga Kakahu, Jo Torr explores the interrelation of Māori cloaks and European blankets.

The Captain: exploring images of James Cook

20 October, 2009 - 31 January, 2010 

An exhibition titled The Captain to commemorate the 240th anniversary of James Cook's arrival. 

Candy Land: Marijon Spee

17 October - 06 December, 2009 

Tauranga artist, Marijon Spee's two installations visually surprise with her imaginative use of materials. 

7 x 10: Akiko Diegel

17 October - 06 December, 2009 

This installation is visually insightful, elucidating many aspects about history and contemporary ideas about consumerism.

My Ship Tenei Wakahera: Tracey Williams

01 October, 2009 - 05 March, 2010 

Williams has constructed a custom-made ship to symbolise the cultural connections of Tauranga’s waterfront. 

Rembrandt: The Experimental Etcher

29 August - 14 October, 2009 

Rembrandt van Rijn (1606 – 1669) is widely recognised as one of the greatest etchers in the history of the medium. 

Breath of Wind: Phil Dadson

22 August - 8 November, 2009 

Breath of Wind is a sound and video work featuring 17 hot air balloons and the Levin Brass Band. 

Not a Still Life: Susan Wilson

01 August - 11 October, 2009

Wilson is best known for her strong portraits, painted in a representational manner. 

Rockers and Rollers

01 August - 11 October, 2009 

Prints from Aratoi Wairarapa Museum of Art & History and The Rutherford Trust Collection.


25 July - 11 October, 2009

Antarctica brings together work by Joyce Campbell, Anne Noble and Connie Samaras. 

The Farmer's Wife: John McLean

04 July - 16 August, 2009 

The narrative of a woman, the Farmer’s Wife, who leaves, or escapes, the family farm with a traveller.

Recent: Ten Contemporary NZ Photographers

30 May - 26 July, 2009 

Some of the photographers employ techniques dating back to the 19th century. 

Decked: Skateboard Art

22 May - 28 June, 2009 

Decked is a display of artworks created from blank skateboard decks by a selection of artists and designers. 

The Brown Years: Nigel Brown

16 May - 19 July, 2009

Nigel Brown gifted 44 of his works to the Tauranga Art Gallery, which form the basis of this exhibition.

9 Years with Mother: Liz Bailey

15 May - 19 July, 2009

Pahoia-based Liz Bailey is a painter, printmaker and object artist whose work is in collections around the world.

Boom Time

14 March - 24 May, 2009 

The collection is to reflect the Bank’s heritage, which dates back to the formation of the colony.

Glimmer: John Roy

10 March - 19 June, 2009 

Each form is identical in its physical shape. But each form is individual in its decoration.

Banners: Don Driver

27 February - 10 May, 2009 

Banners focuses on Don Driver's robust assemblages and sculptures.

He Aho Tangata - The Human Threads: John Bevan Ford

19 December, 2008 - 22 February, 2009 

Ford's skilful compositions pull at the threads of the heart to remind us of our connections to culture, history and art making. 


19 December 2008 - 08 March, 2009 

Showcasing the strength of Samoan art within the New Zealand and international contemporary art scene.


19 December, 2008 - 22 February, 2009

Exploring the adaptation of new material and technology by a people who were not restricted by customary practice.

Jae Hoon Lee: A Leaf

17 December 2007 - 02 March 2008

Lee has captured the underlying theme of transparency in A Leaf

Myrioarama 4: Julia Morison

23 November, 2008 - 03 May, 2009

Julia Morison has appropriated a Victorian card game of the same name into a large-scale group of paintings.

Stopover: Bruce Connew

11 October - 14 December, 2008

Stopover is is a book and photographic essay on Indian-Fijian migration.

Teaching Aids: Julia Morison

04 October - 14 December, 2008 

Large flowers made from floor mops attract attention as wall sculptures


27 September - 7 December, 2008

The tradition of flower painting in New Zealand dates back to European settlement. 

New educational series (part 2)- Better Military Modelling: Jill Kennedy

27 September - 14 December, 2008

The New Educational Series is a specific re-animation of outmoded instructional and educational materials. 


Here: John Roy

05 August, 2008 - 

A plague of small rabbits is running riot on the ground floor of the Gallery.


From Aongatete: Tony Lane - A Survey

26 July - 28 September, 2008 

Tony Lane has a passion for the language of painting - historical and contemporary, NZ-based and international.

Edward Bullmore: A Surrealist Odyssey

15 June - 21 September, 2008 

A Surrealist Odyssey is an extensive survey exhibition of Edward Bullmore

BIG RED: Gaye Jurisich

19 May - 16 November, 2008

Altering people’s perspective by creating something they can’t ignore. 

ULTRAMarte: Contemporary Art From New Zealand

17 May - 13 July, 2008 

ULTRAMarte recognises New Zealand's independence as a Pacific nation, and embraces our strong cultural ties to the countries of our origins.

Ko Tawa: Maori Ancestors of New Zealand

15 March - 11 May , 2008 

Ko Tawa is a selection of 28 taonga from the extensive collection of Captain Gilbert Mair

Like Mother Like Daughter

15 March - 11 May, 2008 

Like Mother Like Daughter celebrates two women artists who are connected to the Bay of Plenty.

Te Huringa / Turning Points

12 April - 08 June, 2008 

Te Huringa / Turning Points Pakeha Colonisation and Maori Empowerment

Handboek: Ans Westra

02 February - 06 April, 2008 

Ans Westra is an unseen observer, a documenter of contemporary New Zealand life. 

New Educational Series (Part 1): Jill Kennedy

26 November, 2007 - 31 January, 2008

Two short films by Jill Kennedy

Mission Impossible: The Art of Arthur Dagley

17 November, 2007 - 28 January, 2008

Dagley was inspired by the burgeoning expansion of Tauranga’s port.

Visual Bank: Mark Braunias

20 October, 2007 - 20 April, 2008

Mark Braunias has created a world of brightly coloured comic figuration

Luncheon Under The Ash Tree

20 October, 2007 - 8 December, 2007 

An touring exhibition from Aratoi – Wairarapa museum of art and history

dial H-I-S-T-O-R-Y: Johan Grimonprez

20 October - 11 November, 2007

The acclaimed hijacking documentary that eerily foreshadowed the events of 9/11.

Looking for a Icon

20 October - 11 November, 2007 

Looking for an Icon was made to honour the 50th anniversary of the World Press Photo of the Year.

World Press Photo 2007

20 October - 11 November, 2007

The best press photos from the world's largest annual press photography contest.

Sgt P: Jim Cooper

08 December 2007 - 02 March 2008

Ceramist Jim Cooper illustrates the lyrics of the iconic Beatles’ album, Sergeant Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band 

All That Jazz: NZ Music Videos

23 April - 19 June, 2011 

All That Jazz is a celebration of New Zealand music videos showcasing many talented musicians. 

Brett Graham: Mihaia

16 April - 12 June, 2011

Sculptor Brett Graham explores complex historical, political and cultural ideas in his work. 

Colin McCahon: Story of a Mural

26 March - 10 July, 2011 

The Urewera Mural. It has been fought over, taken, and carefully conserved. 

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