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Be Inspired by Queenstown’s Art Scene

There is no doubt that Queenstown is bursting with mind blowing natural beauty. Surrounded by the Remarkables mountain range and with the sparkling waters of Lake Wakatipu lapping at the shore, we often forget that Queenstown has so much more to offer than just the breathtaking outdoors. There’s a burgeoning arts scene that is not to be missed. Not to mention the restaurants and vineyards, but that’s another story.

Ensure you make time to stop into these art spaces while you’re taking in the city and its surrounds:

The Ivy Box

With their motto being ‘Creating Outside the Square’, you obviously can expect all kinds of amazingness at this studio and art gallery in Queenstown (housed in THE original butchers building that’s covered in lush vines – do you need much more artistic inspiration?!).

Working with, and facilitating multiple artists and their creative process, The Ivy Box prides itself on exhibiting only art created in Queenstown. The space allows each artist to develop their vibe and, in true QT style, their quirks! This enables the individual to be “particular to their own handprint of their art”, says Gallery Director, Lynda Hensmen.

When: Wed-Sun 10.30am-6pm

Where: 134 Park Street, Queenstown

Queenstown Art Centre

This non-profit Art Centre allows a symbiotic relationship between artist and art lover alike. The artists have a space to create and show their work, and the viewer is able to observe and share the creative experience. A big shout out to the volunteers from Queenstown Arts Society that make this kind of experience possible for all, both artists and patrons.

When: Tuesday-Friday 9am-3pm, Saturday 10am-4pm

Where: Corner of Ballarat & Stanley Street, Queenstown

Milford Galleries


Showcasing contemporary artistic talent from around New Zealand for over 25 years, Milford Galleries exhibits curated and secondary art exhibitions in a bright and blissful space. Everything from paintings, sculpture, glasswork and ceramics are there to be visually devoured. Enjoy.

When: Monday-Sunday 10am-6pm or by arrangement

Where: 9A Earl Street, Queenstown

QT Queenstown

At the amazing new QT Queenstown, and QT Hotels and Resorts as a whole, we LOVE art. We put an exceptional amount of thought into the art exhibited in our lobbies and guest rooms. It is part of the innate QT blueprint, and is carefully curated by a specially hired art expert. A visit to QT Queenstown will prove to be extremely visually appealing and satisfactory to all the senses, we can guarantee that. It’s in our DNA. Come and grab a drink, and take in the beauty of your surroundings. We think of it as a gallery unto itself.

words by emily carstairs


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