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Akaroa Art Gallery

The Akaroa Art Gallery comes to life in the warmer months when Akaroa is full of visitors and holiday-makers. The gallery hosts exhibitions featuring the work of artists from Banks Peninsula and beyond, many of whom enjoy national and international recognition. It also provides a wonderful venue for intimate musical events and varied workshops throughout the year. 

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Location1 Rue Pompallier, Akaroa

Emailmarymf@xtra.co.nz

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Phone0064 3 304 8776

The historic building where the gallery is located is officially known as The Orion Powerhouse Gallery.  The building began life in 1911, housing Akaroa’s hydro-electric power equipment. Several years later it was extended to house a gas engine and workshop both of which remained in use until the mid-1950s when the equipment was sold to the Maruia Springs Hotel. 

In 1970, then local resident,  Patricia Bosshard, established a gallery and concert venue in the empty building.  She organised concerts and a film society.  In 1977 an incorporated society took over the running of the Powerhouse as a gallery and concert venue.  Financial support for the project was provided by Orion the local power company.
Today, the Akaroa Art Gallery is an iconic and much-loved Akaroa institution with a membership of 150 people from all over Canterbury. 

In about 2000 the hydro-electric plant at Maruia Springs became redundant.  With help from local volunteers and support from the Akaroa Civic Trust the equipment was then returned to the Orion Powerhouse Gallery where it remains to this day. 

For the current event on at the Akaroa Art Gallery go to the EVENTS page HERE. 

2019 Committee:

Bryan Tichborne (President)
Peter Lambert (Treasurer)
Jan Collins (Secretary)
Jeanette Elliott (Meeting Secretary)
Mary Farrell (Minders)
Sarah Ford
Keith Harris
Annette Moore
Pip Mason. 

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The Akaroa Art Gallery comes to life in the warmer months when Akaroa is full of visitors and holiday-makers. The gallery hosts exhibitions featuring the work of artists from Banks Peninsula and beyond, many of whom enjoy national and international recognition. It also provides a wonderful venue for intimate musical events and varied workshops throughout the year. 

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The historic building where the gallery is located is officially known as The Orion Powerhouse Gallery.  The building began life in 1911, housing Akaroa’s hydro-electric power equipment. Several years later it was extended to house a gas engine and workshop both of which remained in use until the mid-1950s when the equipment was sold to the Maruia Springs Hotel. 

In 1970, then local resident,  Patricia Bosshard, established a gallery and concert venue in the empty building.  She organised concerts and a film society.  In 1977 an incorporated society took over the running of the Powerhouse as a gallery and concert venue.  Financial support for the project was provided by Orion the local power company.
Today, the Akaroa Art Gallery is an iconic and much-loved Akaroa institution with a membership of 150 people from all over Canterbury. 

In about 2000 the hydro-electric plant at Maruia Springs became redundant.  With help from local volunteers and support from the Akaroa Civic Trust the equipment was then returned to the Orion Powerhouse Gallery where it remains to this day. 

For the current event on at the Akaroa Art Gallery go to the EVENTS page HERE. 

2019 Committee:

Bryan Tichborne (President)
Peter Lambert (Treasurer)
Jan Collins (Secretary)
Jeanette Elliott (Meeting Secretary)
Mary Farrell (Minders)
Sarah Ford
Keith Harris
Annette Moore
Pip Mason. 

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