Current Exhibitions

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.

Upcoming Exhibitions

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. Next steps are kiln repairs, connection to mains power and equipment. Artist Ruth Stanton-McLeod is assisting us to develop the facility and a ceramics program.

Ceramic images courtesy of Ruth Stanton Mcleod

Past Exhibitions

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.