ANZAC 2020

This year Aotearoa New Zealand and Australia were in lockdown due to Covid-19. Usually the Museum would have activities for families to come in and commemorate ANZAC Day after the annual Te Awamutu dawn ceremony on ANZAC Green in the township. This year we were asked to stand at our front gates at dawn and commemorate ANZAC day in our own homes. Front gates took on amazing commemorative spaces by families sharing the spirit of loved ones lost.

The Museum decided to create virtual activities like the online presentation about ANZAC Day utilising images from the collection, posting it to our FB page. We also asked our online community to share their front gate commemorative poppies to our FB. Wow, what incredible artwork and some amazing messages of inspiration.

Here are two of our online activities we shared virtually.

Make a Poppy 

To commemorate Anzac Day, on the 25th Apil 2020 we invite you to make a poppy with us and the RSA.
If you would like to make a poppy for ANZAC day you can watch the video and download your poppy template here:

Whatu Manawa

Whatu Manawa

Celebrating the Weaving of Matekino Lawless

This exhibition showcases signatures works, chosen from a comprehensive collection of kete dating from the 1980s to the present, along side kakahu and whariki.

This is the frist solo presentation of weaving by renowned weaver Matekino Lawless (Tainui), who celebrated her 90th birthday in February 2018.

She has gained a number of awards including the QSM, Creative NZ: Te Waka Toi: Kingi Ihaka Art Award and most recently was made a Fellow of the Auckland War Memorial Museum.

This is the first time this exhibition has been displayed in the Waikato, and will be showcased alongside Uenuku in our Tangata Whenua Gallery.

The exhibition is only here for a limited time, don’t miss out!

Developed and toured by: Tauranga Art Gallery:

Principal Exhibition Partner: Holland Beckett Law:

10th May – 19th October 2019

To The Dogs 2019

To The Dogs 2019

Back by popular demand, explore the special relationship we have with dogs in all aspects of life! It is amazing how man’s best friend has been part of our lives throughout history.

Do you have a great working dog on your farm, a much loved furry family friend, foster pups looking for their furever homes or support the wonderful work assistance dogs do? Come along and share all your favourite dog stories and photos!

Gavin Gifford Gallery

Open from January 24th 2019

Karen Nicholson – Sacred Spaces

Karen Nicholson – Photographic Exhibition

Sacred Spaces

Local artist, designer and photographer Karen Nicholson shares her love of nature and the beauty by showcasing her latest photographic art. Each artwork combines photographic images of flowers, portraiture and design elements that can be hung inside or outside.

6th November 2018

The Divine Remains

The Divine Remains

Don’t miss this beautiful exhibition, blooming in the Gavin Gifford Gallery from September 29th 2018!

A touring exhibition propagated by:

HauNui Press

Earle Creativity Trust.

Follow this link for the associated workshops here