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. The Art of Wakefield Quay
    Many early European Settlers first set foot in New Zealand at Wakefield Quay in Nelson. It boasts beautiful views of Nelson's sheltered harbour and i... read more
  2. Tyree Brothers
    The Tyree brothers, together with Rose Frank, created an important historical photographic legacy for the Nelson Province and New Zealand in general read more
  3. Toss Woollaston
    Toss Woollaston was one of New Zealand's best, and most prolific, landscape artists. read more
  4. Nelson's murals
    Temporary art is an important way of enlivening our streetscapes and has been used to good effect to express viewpoints of Nelson as a place to be, an... read more
  5. The School Journal in Renwick
    Renwick Museum and Watson Memorial Library houses a rare, complete collection of School Journals read more
  6. Jane Evans
    Jane Evans was a well-loved Nelson artist, renowned for the colour and passion she brought to her work, her life and the lives of those around her, d... read more
  7. Hoglund Art Glass
    The Hoglund Glass story began well before Ola Hoglund and Marie Simberg-Hoglund arrived in Nelson read more
  8. John Gully
    John Gully was a self-taught artist from humble beginnings. His art flourished following his arrival in New Zealand in 1852 read more
  9. Carl Vendelbosch
    Carl Vendelbosch has built 11 pottery kilns in various homes and locations, and has been involved with Nelson's studio pottery scene since the 1960s. read more
  10. Art and Architecture of Trafalgar Street, Nelson
    Nelson has lost many of the historic buildings of Trafalgar Street, but a number remain and the street has been beautified with trees and artworks. read more