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Tauranga Art Gallery

Location: Corner of Wharf & Willow Streets

Opening Hours: 10am – 4pm, 7 days except Xmas. Free Entry.

Tauranga has a cultural heart – the $8 million Tauranga Art Gallery – that opened in October 2007 in a revamped bank building downtown. The building delivers a spacious 700 square metres of gallery space that is split over two levels, and provides a range of flexible exhibition spaces and small film auditoriums.

The Art Gallery displays historical, modern and contemporary art,  and runs education and visitor programmes. The Gallery’s own collection includes works by notable New Zealand artist Edward Bullmore, who’s paintings were gifted by his widow Jacqueline Bullmore in 2006.

Bulllmore taught in Tauranga during the 1950s before heading to Europe, where he enjoyed an international reputation. Filmmaker Stanley Kubrick purchased one of his works and it was later featured in ‘A Clockwork Orange’.

Easily spotted on the corner of Wharf and Willow Sts, the gallery has around a dozen staff plus volunteers. Check the website for details of exhibitions and information on the ten year project that brought the gallery into being.

Admission is free. Donations welcomed.

(07) 578 7933