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The Friends of the Aigantighe

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

Welcome to the Friends website, here you can find out about the Friends and their activities. 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 organisational efforts and contributions.

We offer support to the gallery by:

  • Supporting 4 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
  • Maintaining “Arty” the art car
  • 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

We invite you to join our membership

If your not already involved, we invite you to support the Gallery, be inspired, extend your knowledge of art and meet others with a common interest by becoming a Friend. PLUS you will recieve newsletters and exhibition invitations to Friends sponsored openings... learn more about our membership

Be Inspired. Art and a building equals a gallery,
but it is the artists, staff, members, volunteers and visitors
who bring the art spirit to life.
At the end of the day it is about atmosphere, discussion and inspiration,
and I’m sure you will all agree,
that there is plenty to be found at the Aigantighe!