Former gallery director adjusting to quiet life


After 27-years at the Forrester Gallery its recently retired director is having trouble adjusting to life away from the gallery.

After retiring in October, Warwick Smith is still getting used to the quiet life.

“It is quite surreal; it is taking quite a lot of adjusting to,” he said.

Although Mr Smith’s position at the gallery over the years was very full-on he insisted he missed his former position,but felt it was the right time to retire.

For more than 40-years the art connoisseur rarely had time to concentrate on his own artistic endeavours and is looking forward to doing some drawings with pencils and paper he recently purchased.

He is also restoring a 90-year-old car and is moving to a mud brick cottage in Naseby.

Although he had officially left the gallery as director he is still volunteering by helping deliver the posters.

During his time at the gallery they were averaging 25 exhibitions a year.

The gallery stalwart said he felt very privileged to be able to bring exhibitions and artists including ‘Forty years of British Sculpture’, Henry Moore and Frances Hodgkins to Oamaru.

Mr Smith said the gallery was successful because of the wonderful support from his staff and his wife whom he called the ‘gallery widow’.

“More times than I care to remember she would appear at the exhibition with clothes and food for me.”


RETIRED: Former Forrester Gallery director Warwick Smith is still getting used to the quiet life.


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