East Gore Arts Centre

Located in the former East Gore Presbyterian Church, the arts centre is a major project for the District's arts and heritage department.

It involves

  • the full restoration of the exterior of the 1881 church building, and internal refurbishment to allow for the establishment of a multi-purpose studio space, and a specialist painting studio
  • the establishment of a fully functioning lithographic studio utilising the equipment and presses gifted by Muka Studios, plus facilities for etching and woodblock printing
  • the development of a self-contained flat for visiting artists, including The Royal Suite of bedroom furniture commissioned for the Queen's 1954 tour of New Zealand
  • the creation of a small temporary exhibition space for use by Artists-in-Residence
  • a fully landscaped garden

What has been completed

The first three stages of this six stage project have been completed.

This includes

  • gutting the existing north-facing wing of the church and building a self-contained flat for visiting artists
  • replacing the roof and all of the exterior weatherboards, barge boards and flashings on the north facing walls of the old church building
  • heritage windows replicated and replaced
  • a functioning lithographic studio, display foyer and public toilets
  • arrival of Muka's 7.5 ton lithographic press

What is planned next

It is hoped to start using the studio mid-2014. There will be a variety of artists using it the facility – all by invitation.  A number of nationally significant artists who used Muka Studios, in Auckland, have indicated an enthusiasm for working in Gore.

There are also two bequest funds that will help fund two short term fellowships.

To find out more information or how you can become involved in this exciting project go to the Eastern Southland Gallery website.

Gore District Council 29 Bowler Avenue Gore P: 03 209 0330 E: info@goredc.govt.nz