The Arts

Stories about our rich and vibrant artistic heritage, including the people, institutions and movements which have nurtured the arts.

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  1. Wearable Art
    Taking art off the wall and onto the moving body™ in rural Nelson in 1987 led to the establishment of one of New Zealand’s premier cultural extravagan... read more
  2. The Bishop Suter Art Gallery
    The death of a bishop, and the determination of his widow to found a gallery in his name for the people of Nelson, led to the establishment of one of ... read more
  3. Women artists
    The Top of the South has long been a centre for arts and crafts. Women have played, and continue to play, a key role. read more
  4. Literary Nelson – books and newspapers
    One of the first bookshops in the country was opened in Nelson - by Charles Elliott, in August 1842. Since then bookshops , and local newspapers, have... read more
  5. Nelson Literary Ramble
    A walk around some of Nelson's literary history read more
  6. Nelson Pottery
    There is some evidence that the use of clay may date back to early Māori settlement, but the history of clay use in Nelson is a European one. read more
  7. Eileen Duggan
    At one time, Marlborough-born poet, Eileen Duggan, was one of New Zealand's most widely acclaimed poets read more
  8. Colonial furniture makers in Nelson
    The colonial settlement of Nelson was among the first in New Zealand to establish a furniture making industry and examples of colonial furniture from ... read more
  9. Joy Cowley
    Joy Cowley, grand Dame of Literature has her roots in the Marlborough Sounds. read more
  10. Marlborough cultural life
    Marlborough has a rich musical and cultural history, with the Marlborough Repertory and Blenheim Operatic Societies having provided regular local ent... read more