Hands on History

Art Gallery - What's On?

The Lakes District Museum and Gallery's special exhibition gallery hosts a variety of excellent quality art and historical exhibitions. Space in the gallery can be booked and is highly sought after.

  Now Showing in the gallery:

   Showing Favourites: Significant Artworks from Local Collectors


      8th February - 15th March 2024

In association with the Arrowtown Creative Arts Society and their summer 'Gardens & Galleries' series, we are hosting 'Showing Favourites'.

This amazing exhibition showcases the favourite works of local collectors and residents. These are works that aren't usually seen by the public.

We live in a region of art lovers and there are definitely some gems tucked away in homes around Arrowtown, Queenstown & Wanaka.

The exhibition includes works from Ralph Hotere, Grahame Sydney, Rita Angus, Colin McCahon, Evelyn Page, Max Gimblett, Tony Fomison, Toss Woollaston and many more...


22nd March - 21st April 2024

COOTS - Central Otago Outside The Square

A collective of talented fibre artists from throughout our region exhibiting their latest works


26th April - 9th June 2024

Bayleys Arrowtown Autumn Festival Art Exhibition

Returning for the 38th year is our annual Autumn Festival Exhibition.

An ecletic and varied collection of art from around our district (and beyond!) 


20th June - 21st July 2024


Alongside the Winterstellar Trust we will be celebrating the world renowned dark skies of Otago through night sky photography, astrophotography and astrovideography.


1st August - 25th August 2024

Showing Off

Wakatipu High School's senior art students 'showing off' their best works.


29th August - 29th September 2024

Queesntown Photography Club

An exhibition of recent favourites from our local professional and amateur photographers.


3rd October - 10th November 2024 


A collective of artists from around Central Otago exhibiting in an variety of mediums.