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Creative Catch-ups: last Friday of the month

Friday 26 July / 11am – 12pm / gold coin koha

Calling all creatives, artists and crafters! On the last Friday of each month, we invite you to have a cuppa, work on your creative projects, or simply chat and connect with like-minded people at Oxford Gallery.

There are many creative people in our community and as artists we understand the importance of getting together to talk about our projects, our successes and our struggles! Painters, spinners, weavers, potters, sewists, photographers – or even not-sure-yets -all are welcome.

We meet on the last Friday of every month at the gallery, from 11-12, but if you wish to stay longer you’re welcome to. Tea and coffee is available and, if you can, a $2 koha towards the gallery’s running costs is appreciated. No registration required.

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Creative workshop: Shapeshift – Exploring the Art of New Forms. With artists Micheline Robinson & Claire Wastiaux

Sunday 4 August / 12pm – 2pm / $10 per person

This mixed-media workshop highlights the possibility of shifting perspectives in order to challenge adversity by finding beauty in the chaos of change. Micheline and Claire will share some of their own personal artistic journeys and offer hands-on exercises to various techniques and ways of seeing processes. Participants will be given tools to experiment with composition and collage exercises that explore the transformation of basic geometric forms into intricate and unique artworks by pushing the boundaries of traditional shapes.

An artwork composed of people’s contributions from within the workshop will be added to the exhibition.

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Pigment and Paint-making with Celia Wilson

Sunday 25 August / 1 – 2pm / $10 per person

Learn the basics of making paints and pigments from natural resources with Oxford artist, Celia Wilson.

Since 2007, Celia has been researching the availability and the historical and current uses of earth, mineral and plant pigments in New Zealand, mainly those of Canterbury, Banks Peninsula and Hurunui. She has exhibited in group and solo shows, and held many paintmaking workshops to show how colour is obtained from local rocks, clay and plant materials.

See Celia’s work in the concurrent exhibition Rocks, Pottery, Paint.

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Life Drawing 2024

Begins Thursday 29 August / 6.30pm – 8.30pm / weekly for 5 weeks / $25 per session

We are running untutored life drawings sessions from the end of August. If you would like to be notified when booking opens, please email

Some art supplies and equipment supplied – newsprint, charcoal, easels and drawing boards – but you’re encouraged to bring your own paper and preferred drawing/painting tools.

Tea and coffee included.

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Tone it Down: social singing group

Fortnightly during term time / 5 – 6pm / $10pp / Don’t book, just turn up!

Upcoming dates: 27 June.

Tone it Down: social singing at Oxford Gallery. The aim of this singing group is to feel good and have fun! Led by voice coach Harriet Schuster-Hill.

Fortnightly on Thursdays at 5-6pm, during term times.

All welcome. Just turn up! Bring $10 per class
Entry at back door @ Oxford Gallery, 72 Main St, Oxford

“Why does singing make us feel better? It has been shown that singing has a considerable effect on raising both endorphin and oxytocin levels in the blood. Endorphins contribute to a general sense of well-being as well as giving us higher resistance to pain levels. Oxytocin, known as the love hormone, is not just limited to women in childbirth and breastfeeding. Higher levels are found in couples in the first six months of their relationship and in athletes engaged in synchronised team activity such as rowing. In rowing, the synchronicity of the team is essential to success. And in choral singers, not only do we all breathe together and sing together – we’re spreading harmony as well as empathy.” Dr Jenevora Williams, Singing teacher and vocal rehabilitation specialist. *…/article/why-do-we-sing

About our voice coach:
Hari has a background in musical theatre, acting, songwriting and recording. She has trained in the UK and NZ, performing in Jazz festivals and live venues. Recently Hari completed level 1 TOSCA (Teaching Of Singing Certificate Aotearoa) led by Atlas Voice, focusing on voice science and vocal pedagogy. Hari is a passionate teacher, who helps singers understand the workings of their voice.

Thank you to Oxford Benevolent & Improvement League for making this possible; you do awesome work!


Tūhura*: Discover with Oxford Gallery toi o Waimakariri
All ages / during opening hours / by koha

Tūhura is a drop-in creative workshop for all ages. Every month we change up the workshop and offer you a new creative challenge. Create, wonder, look, enjoy! Make a cuppa, hang your creations on the wall or take them away; the choice is yours.

*1. (verb) (-hia,-ina,-tia) to discover, disclose, bring to light, unearth, open up, explore, investigate.
(Source: Te Aka