Join Ashburton Art Gallery on October 18 at 6pm for the opening of three new exhibitions: Iain Cheesman's Nurture Nature, Saskia Bunce-Rath's eating stars together at dusk, and and Hakatere Ceramics' From the Earth.

Iain Cheesman’s new exhibition Nurture Nature celebrates the act of slowing down and looking. Within the gallery space, painting, sculpture, embroidery, taxidermy and poetry sit together, creating a landscape for the viewer to navigate. Cheesman introduces birds as the focal point of his landscape, and as a bird watcher himself, hopes that the viewer will take on this role of nature observer within the exhibition.

In Saskia Bunce-Rath’s solo exhibition eating stars together at dusk, thread is deployed, as she says, in ‘a painterly way’ to create images that evoke myth, fantasy, wonder and dream. By infusing the recognisable with the remarkable in brightly-coloured tapestries of various scales, and with poetic titles that only add to the mystery, she creates cosmologies for the strange creatures that inhabit her jewel-like works.

From the Earth is an exhibition by the Hakatere Ceramics Group. Started in 2015, the Hakatere Ceramics and Pottery Group of Ashburton is local group of ceramic enthusiasts who aim to create a welcoming, educational and encouraging environment for those who want to learn more about the art of clay. This year there will also be a display from guest artist Hannah Kidd.

Come and celebrate the opening of these three exhibitions on October 18 at 6pm. All are welcome at this free event and light refreshments will be served.


  • Free - All Welcome


  • Wed 18 Oct


  • 6:00 pm — 8:00 pm


  • 327 West Street
  • Ashburton 7700