Activities & Events

Artist Round Table

Arts Canterbury Artist Round Table

Sunday 3 March / 2pm – 3.45pm / gold coin koha

Do you have arty questions? Do you want to know what and how other artists do things? Are you new to exhibiting and want to know how it works? Come along to meet other members, ask questions and give answers.

This event is all about artists getting together to talk about whatever comes up. Know you’re not alone in the questions you have, that at some point in every artist’s journey we’ve all had the same questions.

This is a great opportunity to connect with practicing artists in Canterbury. All welcome! BYO plate for shared afternoon tea.

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Tone it Down: social singing group

Fortnightly from Thursday 7 March  / 5 -6pm / $10pp / don’t book, just turn up!

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, beginning Thursday 7 March.
Our first song this term will be California Dreamin by The Mamas & The Papas.

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!

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Juried Art Show Artist Talks

Friday 16 February / from 1.30pm / gold coin koha

Come along to hear from some of the artists exhibiting in the Juried Art Show.

Thanks to Mandy Palmer (Artist, Chairperson and Exhibitions Coordinator for Arts Canterbury), Sarah Beal (Deputy Chairperson for Arts Canterbury), John Maillard and David Dawon Choi for giving their time to this event.

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Creative Catch-ups: last Friday of every month*
11am-12pm / $2 koha

*The first Creative Catch-up for 2024 is Friday 22 March.

Kia ora! It’s been a while. We’d love to see you at our first Creative Catch-up for 2024, on Friday 22 March. Please note, this is not on the last Friday of the month, because 29 March is Good Friday, so we’ve rolled it back a week.

Let’s bring in something we’re working on, and kōrero about the creative year ahead; what are our goals and plans for the year? Do we like Creative Catch-ups? Should we keep it the same? Or change it up? Let’s be open-minded about this group and make sure it meet our creative networking needs.

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.

*most of the time. Please check back each month in case we need to shift the date by a week.


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