Join us for the opening of two new exhibitions; Chris Pole’s Crooked Spur, and touring exhibition Suffrage in Stitches.

In Crooked Spur, Chris Pole has sought inspiration from excursions throughout the volatile Southern Alps, Kā Tiritiri-o-te-moana, resulting in paintings that show a diagonal ‘slice’ across the landscape. The overall effect of these works is to be within the landscape as a ‘participant’ rather than ‘observer’, therefore seeing the landscape from multiple angles at once. Departing from traditional landscape genre painting through the introduction of flattening and disjunction, these works engage with the peculiar nature of visual perception, which is prone to error and invention.

Curated by Wellington Museum, Suffrage in Stitches features a 300-metre long textile work made up of 546 individual panels, representing the length of the Suffrage Petition from 1893 (274 metres long with a page count of 546). In 2018, in partnership with St Vincent de Paul and Vinnies Re Sew, Wellington Museum held workshops that asked participants to use a needle and thread to create something inspired by women. The resulting 546 textile panels came together to create Suffrage in Stitches, honouring whakapapa, history, and the power of New Zealanders.

Celebrate the opening of both of these exhibitions on Sunday 10 December at 2pm. All are welcome at this free event and light refreshments will be served.


  • Free - All Welcome


  • Sun 10 Dec


  • 2:00 pm — 3:30 pm


  • 327 West Street
  • Ashburton 7700