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Continuing Black: A Response to Closure of Our Art Gallery


Mon 27 Aug 2018, 11:00am–3:00pm
Tue 28 Aug 2018, 11:00am–3:00pm
Wed 29 Aug 2018, 11:00am–3:00pm
Thu 30 Aug 2018, 11:00am–3:00pm
Fri 31 Aug 2018, 11:00am–3:00pm

Where: Zimmerman Art Gallery, 329 Main Street, Palmerston North

Restrictions: All Ages

Ticket Information:

  • Admission: Free

This month, by request, Zimmerman Art Gallery is extending the exhibition of Black, with several new works being introduced to the show.

Black is a response to the closure of the public Art Gallery in Palmerston North “for up to 10 months” from 1 July 2018.

Official information requests made to Te Manawa and Palmerston North City Council reveal:
- The decision to close the Art Gallery for up to 10 months was not based on any external evidence or advice – it was an internal decision made by Te Manawa’s management and accepted by Te Manawa’s Trust Board.

- In Te Manawa’s view “exhibitions in the gallery’s five exhibition spaces are a significant drain on staff time and resources”. Closing the Art Gallery for “maintenance and repairs” provided Te Manawa with an opportunity to redirect staff resources into other projects, including “redevelopment of the long-term exhibitions in the museum” and projects to “exemplify TM2025” (ie; projects to show what the Te Manawa experience might transform into by the year 2025).

- While some renewal works will take place in the Art Gallery during the 10 month closure, no structural changes are being made. The Art Gallery building is structurally sound, and no public safety issues existed before the closure.

In closing our Art Gallery for up to 10 months, Te Manawa is taking away from our community, for almost a full year, the many opportunities and access to artworks that only a public art gallery can provide.

The public Art Gallery is the only venue in the Manawatu capable of securing prestigious touring art exhibitions, and able to bring works by prominent artists who have no local dealer here.

Many of us who live and work here have dedicated our lives and careers to practising, teaching or promoting the visual arts.

Our region is also home to many students - primary, secondary and tertiary – whose opportunities for art education and inspiration instantly shrank when the public Art Gallery closed. Add to this the many artists, collectors and art viewing public who live or visit here – the doors have been shut on us all.

The time has come for Palmerston North City Council to step in and appoint a new Trust Board to manage the Art Gallery.

Please show your support by signing the online petition at:

With over 725 signatures already, your signature will help show that the arts community treasures our public Art Gallery, and wants our Council to take the action needed for it to hum again.

New works in this month's exhibition include:
- Ezekiel's Bunch, Elspeth Shannon, oil on linen, 910 x 1120 mm
- Obscure Boundary, Naga Tsutsumi, charcoal on Fabriano paper, 2100 x 700 mm
- Huia talks to death, Paul Dibble, single edition bronze, 430 x 400 x 200 mm
- In the Dark, Tony Rumball, candle wax and ink on paper, 440 x 285 mm framed size

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