Gallery undergoes restoration


The Forrester Gallery will be closed for the next three weeks so that its well-worn floor receives a much-needed face-lift.

After more than 30 years and hundreds of thousands of visitors the Forrester Gallery street level space and stairway will be removed in keeping with the heritage value of the Category 1 listed, RA Lawson designed building.

The planned works include restoring the original polished floor boards in the street level galleries, reception and stairway.

In order to complete the works, the Forrester Gallery will be closed to the public from Saturday, November 22 and will be re-opening on Friday, December 12.

Forrester Gallery director Jane Macknight said this project is well overdue as the existing carpet flooring is at least 30 years old.

“We have involved Heritage NZ in the project, which is recognition of the stunning heritage value and beauty of this building and will enhance the experience for our visitors.

“The project was first initiated in 2005 with the restoration of the reception and shop area on the ground floor and this is a continuation of that project.

“The work is also a preliminary step and consistent with current planning towards the cultural facilities redevelopment project.”

The Forrester Gallery will re-open on December 12 having had its street level galleries and stairway restored to their original heritage timber.

Curator Alice Lake-Hammond said this year marks the 130th birthday of the Forrester Gallery building.

“It’s an exciting start to the summer for us.

“We’re looking forward to showing off our new flooring and combining the reopening with the launch of our summer programme.”

This season there is The Wreck of Hope, sculptural works by Dunedin artist Michele Beevors; Ben Ohau, paintings by Ohau based painter Belinda Weir; and, Look Again, a collaborative-curation project between the Forrester and local schools featuring Colin Wheeler works from our permanent collection.

Full details of the Forrester Gallery’s summer exhibition programme are available online


NEW FLOOR: Forrester Gallery curator Alice Lake-Hammond sits on the floor of the gallery. The gallery’s ground floor and stairwell carpets are being being removed and the floor renovated to have the polished look as seen in this photo.

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