Welcome to The Friends of the Aigantighe

Supporting the gallery staff in the interest of maintaining the excellence of South Canterbury's public art museum for over 40 years

Welcome to the Friends website. We are volunteers, dedicated to encouraging interest in the visual arts. We play a major role in supporting the Aigantighe, ultimately helping to grow the love of arts in the community. Our members participate in exhibition openings and extend the work of the gallery through special projects such as our Art Restoration Programme and Timaru Rocks.

We offer support to the gallery by:

  • Supporting special exhibition openings each year by providing refreshments, gourmet catering and entertainment.
  • Assisting with printing costs for a newsletter and invitations to Friends’ sponsored openings.
  • Donating prizes for the Artarama and Polychrome exhibitions.
  • Fundraising in addition to funds obtained from subscriptions.
  • Accepting donations as a Registered Charity (Cc42952).
  • Purchasing artwork for the permanent collection.
  • Sponsoring the conservation and restoration of art work.