Current Exhibitions

Matthew McIntyre-Wilson: Matariki Artist in Residence at Oxford Gallery

30 June – 10 July 2022

Please note the date change! Due to unforeseen circumstances this residency will begin on 30 June, not 23 June as previously advertised. 

The public opening event on Saturday 25 June at 2pm – 4pm is cancelled.

Matthew McIntyre-Wilson (Taranaki, Nga Mahanga and Titahi) will turn the gallery into an active studio and be working on site.

Working across the disciplines of jewellery, craft, and object-making, Matthew re-articulates the forms, patterns and practice of raranga whakairo (plaiting) with precious metals. Matariki is a time to learn mātauranga Māori (Māori knowledge) such as new skills and material preparations.

Mathew will facilitate two workshops; netmaking using harakeke for learners, and bird skinning for specialists (both fully booked, please email to be added to the waiting list).

This exhibition is supported by Te Puni Kōkiri.

Image courtesy of the artist.

Upcoming Exhibitions

FOLIO 2022

6 – 30 October 2022

Oxford Gallery is pleased to present the Annual Exhibition of NCEA Art portfolios by students achieving excellence at Oxford Area School.

Past Exhibitions

Philip Trusttum: What Are You Doing!

14 April – 19 June 2022

Everyday life experiences find their way into Philip Trusttum’s paintings often worked into semi abstract form. Trusttum’s works are large-scale and energetic, on unstretched canvas. His subject matter has ranged from landscapes to tennis, gardening to horses to Japanese masks and portraits. With 50+ years of art experience behind his current works Trusttum has an exemplary practice that makes a huge contribution to the cultural life of communities in Canterbury and Oxford Gallery in particular.

Image: Way To Go, Philip Trusttum. Acrylic on canvas.

Summer Show #7: A Sense of Wellbeing

2 December – 30 January 2021

A group exhibition including artworks by Kevin Bull, Miranda Brown, Jann Collins, Sue Currie, Jo Ogier, Marilyn Rea-Menzies, Adrienne Rewi, Paul Smith, Soon-Lee Spicer, Charrette van Eekelen, Kris Waldin and others.

Open House Printmakers : New Work

Kathy Anderson, Jo Ernsten, Casey Macaulay, Ruth Stanton-Mcleod, Kris Waldin, Tessa Warburton & Celia Wilson

7-24 October 2021

Pottery Project 2021

Interested to learn about ceramics? Please let us know.

Our kiln gifted by Oxford Area School is now housed in a new kiln shed funded by Rata Foundation. Artist Ruth Stanton-McLeod is assisting us to develop the facility and a ceramics program.

Ceramic images courtesy of Ruth Stanton Mcleod

Oxford Papermakers:

Waiaraki Eyre River Project

Alison Fleetwood, Katie Hallam, June Inch, Casey Macaulay, Elaine Steenhart, Tessa Warburton and Celia Wilson

4-28 November 2021

This project explores the contrasting beauty of Waiaraki Eyre River and our human impact on its ecosystem, via the medium of handmade paper.

Oxford Papermakers meet regularly to make paper from scratch, with new and recycled materials. They use tried-and-tested fibres such as Harakeke and embark on experiments like the ones displayed in this project; the invasive plants found on the local riverbed.

The exhibition includes painting, sculpture, handmade books, printmaking, photography and documentation.

An exhibition of work by artists of Christchurch Men’s, Christchurch Women’s and Rolleston Prisons

19 August – 31 October 2021

Artists were encouraged to use the mediums available to them; some were limited to paper and pen and others extended to paint, metal, carvings, wool and other materials. The resulting collection of over 50 art pieces is bold, strong, bright and meaningful.

Proceeds from the sale of artworks were donated to the Canterbury West Coast Air Rescue Trust.

Nigel Borell: Haumanu Hauora

Artist in Residence at Arts in Oxford

24 June – 15 August 2021

Nigel Borell (Pirirakau, Ngāti Ranginui, Ngāi Te Rangi, Te Whakatōhea) explores ideas about the land, people and cosmological ties to both through an evolving painting installation. Haumanu Hauora is an expression that speaks to health and wellbeing.

Folio : Oxford Area School

6 May – 20 June 2021

An exhibition of Oxford Area School, NCEA Art portfolios by students achieving Excellence.

Henry Turner Heaven Drawings

18 March – 2 May 2021

Drawing from the classics of philosophy and mythology, art history and local content Canterbury artist Henry Turner creates his own symbols of heaven and enlightenment. Painted works with evocative iconography respond to these knowledge systems mixed with his own experiences of the world.

Life of Ron :

Photographs from the 60’s & 70’s

by Ron Hazlehurst

28 January 2021 – 14 March 2021

Personal encounters with Christchurch townscape, environs and it’s denizens.

Summer Show #6, Community of Creatives

13 November 2020 – 24 January 2021

A group exhibition celebrating our community of creatives. Awhi mai, awhi atu, tatou, tatou e. We all help one another.

Philip Trusttum, what have we got here

18 September – 8 November 2020

Arts in Oxford Gallery celebrates the dynamic practice of artist Philip Trusttum nationally recognised for his figurative and expressionist practice. His works are usually large-scale and energetic, on unstretched canvas. Philip Trusttum is the patron of Arts in Oxford.

Trusttum’s work has largely been inspired by everyday life experiences often worked into a semi-abstract form. His subject matter has ranged from landscapes to tennis, gardening to horses to Japanese masks and portraits. In 1984, Trusttum participated in ANZART at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival, following that, the same year, with an exhibition in New York that gained a review in the NY Times. He has shown in Edinburgh, New York, Hobart and Sydney, in all of New Zealand’s main centres and many smaller ones as well. In 2000 he became only the second New Zealand artist to be awarded the prestigious Pollock Krasner Foundation grant. Trusttum currently lives in a tin shed in central Christchurch, painting in a second one that was erected after the 2011 earthquake destroyed his earlier, elegant home on the same site.

Open House – Artist in Residence Project

10 July – 13 September 2020

Open House starts with an evolving print studio in action with local printmakers to promote contemporary ideas about creativity and community arts. Visit us and see prints in progress, guest artists at work. Part installation, part exhibition, part demonstration – the works produced and displayed will evolve as the project grows.

Vantage Point

21 March – 3 May 2020

A group show featuring five Christchurch based artists all with very singular and distinctive approaches.

Rebecca Harris, Marie Le Lievre, Michael Springer, Martin Whitworth and David Woodings.

Vantage Point being both a high place providing a good clear outlook and a particular point of view.

Marilyn Rea-Menzies: Extinction is Forever

1 February – 15 March 2020

A mixed media exhibition featuring NZ’s endangered birds with tapestries, paintings, drawings and digital works.

Soul Sistas: Nine Māori Women Artists

15 June – 21 July 2019

Arts in Oxford celebrates Matariki the Māori New Year with an exhibition of customary and contemporary art forms such as raranga weaving, painting and object. This multi-media exhibition draws on the aho sacred threads of whānaungatanga kinship, auahatanga creativity, whakapapa genealogical concepts and mātauranga Māori knowledge, the nine artists share and work with.

Featured Artists: Paula Rigby, Piri Cowie, Rahera Clark, Madia Purvis-Manihera, Lisa Aumua, Corabelle Summerstom, Lisa Harding, Kim Rigby and Helena Rollo.


9 June – 10 July 2018

A group exhibition exploring location, materiality and positioning.

Featuring artists Mark Adams, Tony Bond, Cheryl Lucas, Mike Boot, Elfi Spiewack, Tessa Warburton and Celia Wilson.