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Queenstown Art Adventures

Jan 9, 2023  ·  3 min read

Queenstown is New Zealand’s hub for those looking for adrenaline-filled adventures but the town has plenty more to offer, beyond fine dining and skydiving. Whether you’ve arrived to shred down the slopes or sip lakeside under the setting sun, no trip to our Antipodean playground is complete without a generous serving of culture. Meander down cobblestone alleyways and discover some of New Zealand’s best art on your very own art tour of Queenstown.

Read on for our round up of must-see local galleries in the quaint Queenstown-Lakes district.

Starkwhite Queenstown, 1-7 Earl Street

www.starkwhite.co.nz

A leading contemporary gallery, Starkwhite is not to be missed. Add this stop to the top of your itinerary to view works of art from the likes of Billy Apple, Fiona Pardington, Len Lye and Gordon Walters. A new guard of emerging Aotearoa artists are also represented at Starkwhite, with an international focus and plenty of prestige.

 

Lightworx Gallery, 9-11 Marine Parade

www.lightworxgallery.co.nz

This waterfront gallery feels like one you’d find in a big city. As its name suggests, Lightworx exhibits works created through light that aim to have a mood enhancing effect – as if a trip to Queenstown could be anything but. Offering an in-situ service to help visualise works in your own home, this is a cutting-edge space that’s dialed up the watts.

 

Artbay Gallery, 13 Marine Parade

www.artbay.co.nz

Sister gallery to Lightworx, Artbay is conveniently located across the road, in a precinct lined with top notch restaurants and high end shops. Artbay hosts a revolving ‘In Residence’ programme, so stop by for the chance to see an artist at work. If that weren’t reason enough, their knowledgeable team of consultants offer sourcing and commission services to help you find just what you’re looking for.

 

Romer Gallery, 15 Earl Street

www.romer-gallery.com

Around the corner from Artbay, you’ll find Romer Gallery, housing a world-class collection of South Island landscapes. Home to award-winning photographic artist, Stephen Romer, take home a piece of the picturesque natural surrounds – his breathtaking pictures are worth a thousand words.

 

Broker Gallery, 36 Grant Road

www.brokergalleries.com

A relative newcomer to the scene, Broker has cemented itself as an uber-cool gallery for represented and invited contemporary artists. Visit for a look at interesting textile works and hand-knit chain columns by Wesley John Fourie to ponder questions of place, belonging and transformation.

 

Nadene Milne Gallery, 16 Buckingham Street

www.nadenemilnegallery.com

Located in pint-sized Arrowtown, Nadene Milne Gallery packs an impressive roster of internationally acclaimed New Zealand artists, from Gretchen Albrecht to Max Gimblett, Shane Cotton and Séraphine Pick. Discover the 60-seat cinema at the back of the gallery and you might just be treated to one of NMG’s famous artist and curator talks or documentary screenings.

 

Book a stay at ours, then hop along the lakefront and take it all in.


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