Past Events

Inspired By Nature
Orion Powerhouse Gallery

Inspired By Nature features work by Judy Curnow, Sarah Ford and Anita May Blanchett, running from Saturday 27th February to Sunday 21st March 2021 inclusive.

Anita May Blanchett is a protégé of renowned NZ landscape painter Tim Wilson. In 2000 she had her first sell-out exhibition in Auckland and has been painting fulltime since then. 

Sarah Ford has been creating hand pieces with clay most of her life. After studying art at school and Teachers College Sarah has had successful exhibitions and has work in collections at Dunbar Sloane International, Christchurch College of Education, and The Canterbury Museum.

Judy Curnow is also a protégé of renowned NZ landscape painter Tim Wilson. Judy draws her inspiration from her beautiful surroundings and nature itself and whatever ignites the joy within her every day. She uses the best quality oil pigments and hand made berge linen canvasses.

Southern Splash
Orion Powerhouse Gallery

The Akaroa Art Gallery is excited to announce our next exhibition coming to the Akaroa Orion Powerhouse Gallery.


The annual Splash exhibition in Wellington displays the work of renowned watercolour artists, and is a highlight on the New Zealand Arts calendar. Now, 'Southern Splash', a new venture for Watercolour New Zealand will be hosted by the Akaroa Orion Powerhouse Gallery.


Adrienne Pavelka, Svetlana Orinko & Nancy Tichborne join well-known watercolorists from around the South Island. The exhibition will be running from Saturday 30th of January until Sunday 21st February 2021. Gallery open daily 10am to 4pm.

Ivan Button Exhibition
Orion Powerhouse Gallery

Ivan Button's background was in the Advertising Industry where he trained and worked as a graphic artist and illustrator.


He currently works in watercolour and in oils. While his subject matter will vary from Still Life to Landscapes, his passion is for New Zealand scenes along with villages of France and Italy. 


In more recent times Ivan has pursued an interest in “abstraction/expressionism”
He enthusiastically runs the ‘Nearly Serious Artists Workshops’ alongside various Art groups, believing in the value and encouragement of artists sharing together. 


The Ivan Button Exhibition is open daily 10am to 4pm from Friday 1st January until Sunday 24th January 2021.

Cash & Carry Exhibition
Orion Powerhouse Gallery

The Cash and Carry exhibition opens to the public on Friday 13th November 2020. This annual exhibition is a popular and exciting event providing locals and visitors with the opportunity to see a variety of work by local artists.


Visitors  can purchase and take their art home which is always an attractive  option. Two new local artists Steven Bradley and Emma Perrin will be exhibiting for the first time next to well known Banks Peninsula artists.


Come and visit us and see this wonderful exhibition. You may find a Xmas gift for some one special.

Sam Mahon &
Ali Erickson
Orion Powerhouse Gallery

The first exhibition in our 2020/2021 season is an exciting one!


Sam Mahon & Ali Erickson are a multi-talented North Canterbury couple… Bronze sculptors, painters, authors & poets. There’s not much they don’t do! They very rarely exhibit & when they do they prefer smaller community-based galleries.


It is a privilege for us to have them here daily 10am to 4pm from Saturday 3rd of October until Sunday 1st of November 2020.
Birds Eye View Exhibition
Orion Powerhouse Gallery

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic the Akaroa gallery has been closed and we're delighted to bring you our first ever online gallery exhibition.

Four New Zealand native bird artists are migrating south for the “Birds Eye View” exhibition at the Orion Powerhouse Gallery in Akaroa.

From pastels and scratchboards by Karen Rankin Neal, to oils by Carol Theologo, drippy watercolours and ink by Rachel Walker, and photoart and mixed media by Judi Lapsley Miller, each artist brings a unique style and perspective to our native birds.

Yin and Yang Exhibition
Orion Powerhouse Gallery

From February 22nd to March 15th the Akaroa Art Gallery will feature the works of Dael Foy and Sarah Harper in their combined exhibition Yin and Yang.


Aptly named, the artists have two very different styles which complement each other. Predominantly working as a painter, Harper has, recently, also been working with clay and writing poetry.

Foy‘s work is bright, bold landscapes of the New Zealand vista. Brought up by an art teacher mother and a creative, ecologist father Foy was taught from an early age ‘how to see’. 

Christine King & Michael Holland Exhibition
Orion Powerhouse Gallery

The Akaroa Art Gallery presents an exhibition featuring local Canterbury artists Christine King and Michael Holland.

Christine King's portrayal of social scenes alludes to her fondness of the German Expressionist Style of the 30's. Figures inhabit jazzy, edgy acrylics or oils, either on canvas or paper. Christine balances colour, form and subject matter. Her paintings are composites of imagination and observation. 


Michael Holland, is an independent self-educated painter, he has worked as a full-time artist, in Canterbury since 1999. Michael is an ambitious painter,  he seeks to capture a unique representation of land and seascape, through dream; melding, art history, and personal references.

Cash & Carry Exhibition
Orion Powerhouse Gallery

The Akaroa Art Gallery has its popular annual Spring Cash & Carry Exhibition running from Saturday 30th November 2019 to Thursday 9th of January 2020 inclusive

The Kelliher Collection
Orion Powerhouse Gallery

An exhibition of prize-winning New Zealand landscape paintings from the Kelliher Art competition 1956 - 1977 will be shown at the Akaroa Powerhouse Gallery from 26 October to 24 November 2019.

This is only the second time in 63 years that a selection of Kelliher paintings has been shown in the South Island. The paintings to be displayed are iconic New Zealand landscapes, either Kelliher competition prize winners or paintings acquired or commissioned by the Kelliher Art Trust.

Among the artists to be exhibited are Peter McIntyre, Cedric Savage, David Barker, Austen Deans, Colin Wheeler, Robert McDowell, Richard McWhannell, Michael Smither, Rita Angus, Stanley Palmer, Dick Frizzell, Toss Woollaston, Douglas Badcock.