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The Gallery hosts a number performances, workshops, lectures and floor talks as part of its annual programme of events.


Writer's Night

Friday 31 May 2024, 6pm-8pm

Eastern Southland Gallery

An exceptional evening where New Zealand's finest songwriters share their songs and the stories behind them. The New Zealand Songwriters' Trust 'Writer's Night' is one of the most intimate and special events of the Bayleys Tussock Country Music Festival.

It's not to be missed - pure, simple, real life in song. Come along and experience the best of New Zealand's songwriting talent up close over a glass of wine and nibbles.

Admission: Gold coin entry.

For more information about the Bayleys Tussock Country Music Festival, click here.



Sunday 16 June, 4pm

Eastern Southland Gallery

This is a special opportunity to meet Francis McWhannell, curator of Gathered Voices, the gallery's current exhibition and hear him speak about the Fletcher Trust Collection, and the artists and themes in the exhibition.

Free admission. All welcome.

Click here to read more about the Gathered Voices exhibition.

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RED HEAVENS - From Stromboli to D'Urville Island

Thursday 25 July 2024, 8pm

Eastern Southland Gallery

Martine Baanvinger who performed Solitude (2019) and Aperture (2021) with Arts on Tour NZ, brings another powerful, dynamic and passionate solo show to the stage.


Red Heavens portrays the true story of Angelina Moleta, an Italian pioneering immigrant on D’Urville Island, whose fate is intertwined with the forces of nature and her deep connection with a Ariki-Tapairu Māori woman.


Growing up on the active volcanic island of Stromboli, she is betrothed to her cousin who brings her, in the year 1906, to the even more remote D’Urville Island in the Marlborough Sounds. Through hardship and an unlikely friendship, she grows into womanhood and motherhood. This bitter and beautiful tale is inspired by the book Angelina by New Zealand author Gerard Hindmarsh who wrote this book about his grandmother.


Book tickets at the Gallery.
General admission $35 / Members $30 / Students $10.

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