Greg Semu: The Raft of the Manu - Resurrected (2015) Unique state photographic print with mixed media on fine art paper (1800 x 3000mm). Image credit and copyright Wallace Arts Trust.

Events & Exhibitions

Upcoming Events

Thursday 31st August 2017 (10:30 am - 11:30 am)
(Last Thursday of each month)
Join Wallace Gallery Director and volunteers for a tour and conversation about the current exhibitions.
Time: Meet for coffee/tea & nibbles at 10.30 am
Venue: Wallace Gallery
Entry Charge: Gold coin donation

Saturday 2nd September, 2017 (11 am - 1 pm)
1st Saturday of the month opening previews

Your chance to view 3 new exhibitions and to meet the artists. Coffee, tea and nibbles provided.
Free event, all welcome.

Wednesday 13th September, 2017 (6 - 8 pm)
ARTCHAT (2nd Wednesday of the month)

Your chance to meet and hear from a number of creatives.
Bring a cushion- Light refreshments provided,
$10 at the door.

Current and upcoming exhibitions

Wallace Arts Trust Collection Gallery

9th August - 13th September 2017
Here, Now, Then, Always

Here, Now, Then, Always is a diverse photography exhibition curated from the extensive body of photographic works held by the Wallace Arts Trust. The collection, accumulated by Sir James Wallace over several decades, is made of many photographic works, across different mediums and periods.
This not only presents a wide ranging historical view of New Zealand but is testament to the importance of photography as a witness to our times. The Wallace Arts Trust Collection continues to evolve.

The selected photographs, all by New Zealand artists, highlight the decision-making inherent in building a collection. Important works are shown alongside possible ‘curiosities’ and recent acquisitions.

The display of recently acquired work brings the collection of photography held by the Wallace Arts Trust up to the present day. Key of which is Greg Semu’s The Raft of the Manu – Resurrected (2015); a post-colonial re-creation of the painting by Théodore Géricault and the later work by Charles F Goldie with Louis John Steele.

Main Gallery

5th - 27th August 2017
ALL IN no.2

Opening Saturday 5th August, 2017 (11 am-1pm)

With the whole artistic community in mind, the Wallace Gallery is proud to present our second annual open call exhibition.

'All In' allows us to open our doors to all artists within the Waikato and beyond. Our annual open call aims to represent a full spectrum of creativity within one exhibition.

2nd - 24th Septmber 2017
Dale Copeland & Paul Hutchinson: The Agenbite of Inwit

Opening preview: Saturday 2nd September 11 am - 1 pm)

The Agenbite of Inwit
An uncompromising look at the realities.

Middle English Ayenbite of Inwyt – often translated poetically as ‘the remorse of conscience’ but more literally it is ‘the again-biting of inner wit’, or the again-and-always pain of looking inwards, of seeing self, of seeing the world without the filters of hope or expectations.

Paul Hutchinson, painter.

Hutchinson has been a full-time artist for more than 40 years. For most of that time carrying the black dog of depression at his shoulders.

He writes: I love the physical properties of paint, and for me the type of pigment used, and its intrinsic properties, are as important as the colour.

While my work is always labelled ‘realism’ it is the dichotomy and dynamic between the physical paint and the depicted image that interests me most: before all else they are paintings.

I have no particular message to impart. Rather it is within the language of paint that I hope my eloquence lies.

Dale Copeland: Eccentricity may be the wavering line between genius and insanity.

Copeland has travelled from nuclear physics and mathematics to computer programming and website-writing. But always making, always putting-together. Sometimes the serious mathematician, always the gleeful ‘magpie from Hell’, she is most at home when surrounded by the total chaos of the studio while bringing meticulous order to an assemblage: a collection of treasures which combine their lost histories to make a story of their own.

Not an anecdotal story, but a song, a feeling, a descriptor of the pain and the glory of being human; the joy of being alive and the sombre reality of knowing your own mortality.

The philosophy of the found.

Community Gallery

2nd - 20th August 2017
Morrinsville School: Inspired by Literature

22nd-31st August 2017
David Street School: Sustainability


5th - 27th August 2017
ALL IN no.2

2nd - 24th September 2017
Patterson Parkin: New Work

Patterson Parkin presents a series of new 3 dimensional works that mark a new direction in his creative practice.

Based in Te Aroha Patterson has been the recipient of numerous awards including the prestigious MacKenty Award for Fine Arts and has undertaken many commissions.
Patterson has exhibited regularly throughout New Zealand in both solo and group shows and exhibited in France, England and Australia, with work held in many private collections in New Zealand, Australia, Japan, United Kingdom and the USA.

A little more about Patterson Parkin

A full time artist, Patterson Parkin has been exhibiting his paintings in New Zealand since 1978, after immigrating from Britain in 1974. His formative training in the study of art, specialising in drawing and painting was at the Warwick School of Art and later with the North East London Arts College where he studied Factionalism.

Patterson continues with this style where diverse subject matter and medium, bright colours, solidly constructed abstract relief paintings of landscapes, nudes and musicians are well known. He has also made the transition into wall assemblage paintings which consist of shapes, covered in canvas, treated then painted with acrylic or oil paints.

Wallace Digital

1st-25th June 2017
Drew Hill: In your face

Opening Saturday 10th June, 2017 (11 am-1 pm)

We are proud to present a 'Cultural Icons' interview with Drew Hill.

The Wallace Gallery Morrinsville would like to thank the artist and the Cultural Icons team at the Depot Art Space for allowing us to share this work.

For more on the Cultural Icons series please visit the following website:

1st-30th July 2017
Eliza Webster, James Smith, Patrick Hanna

Opening Saturday 10th June, 2017 (11 am-1 pm)

Current AUT Postgraduate students Eliza Webster, James Smith and Patrick Hanna share their newest digital work. Created using graphic coding and software technology.