A guide to local artists, galleries and experiences.
Sinclair Barclay Studio
Featuring art from Wayne Sinclair and Robyn Barclay
Wayne is a self-taught artist, who took up the brush in 1968 becoming a full-time artist in 1972. During this time, he has won many major New Zealand Art Awards – travelled the world, taught adult painting classes around the Waikato area, and opened his own art gallery in Cambridge in 1997 with wife, artist Robyn Barclay.
Wayne has a varied approach to his work – the subject dictates the style. The concept sometimes being colour, light or detail. Subjects vary from typical N.Z. landscapes, bush, coastal scenes, and horses to European themes as a result of his travels. Wayne has paintings in large and prestigious collections around the world. You can view his work and usually meet him in action painting on site at the gallery where he also now runs art classes.
Robyn Barclay began painting in 1991, and by 1997 was painting full-time. Her forte is an impressionist style where she is fast developing a reputation for fine works with an emphasis on strong, rich colour. Robyn has won major art awards, taught adult art classes, and travelled the world in search of inspiration for her paintings.
Located at 59 Duke Street. http://www.sinclairbarclaygallery.co.nz/
Gallery G (The Garden Arts Studio)
Gallery G brings you a collection of amazing and unique creations from local artists. New location at 54 Victoria Street
Hot Shots to Go
Hot Shots to Go has curated original art, concert posters, limited fine art prints, selected both locally and international. Art is framed in house. All art designed for each individual piece. They have a selection of fine art prints ready for framing. The wall candy is different, thought provoking and mostly unique. Located at 62 Duke Street.https://hotshotstogo.co.nz/
Inspirit Studio & Gallery
The gallery creates opportunities for talented emerging artists to exhibit alongside established artists. Inspirit Studio & Gallery is a spacious contemporary art gallery and multifunctional creative space based in Pencarrrow Road, Tamahere. Hamilton. Inspirit was established in 2007 by Jenny Scown who is the director and also a contributing photographic artist.
The purpose-built gallery exhibits a diverse range of artistic mediums. Photography, painting, indoor & outdoor sculpture, glass, jewellery, ceramics, functional art, wearable art, print making and mixed media. The Inspirit mission is to support and promote highest quality original New Zealand art and design with an emphasis on representing leading local artists.
The gallery features an infinity sculpture lawn with stunning rural views of Pirongia and Maungatautari. The entrance is landscaped with New Zealand rocks, stones and plants to provide a dramatic setting for outdoor sculpture.
Special features including excellent lighting, high quality sound and visual technology. Inspirit gallery provides an inspirational venue for exhibitions, special events and workshops.
Located at 360 Pencarrow Road. https://www.inspirit.co.nz/
Cambridge Art Gallery
The Cambridge Gallery offers an eclectic mix of painting and sculpture – specialising in framing, fine art, restorations, art consultancy and valuations. Located at 45 Duke Street. https://www.facebook.com/cambridgeartgallery/
GibbsLang Contemporary Art Gallery & Studio
Contemporary art works by Colin Gibbs, painter and printmaker. May be viewed and for purchase in the GibbsLang gallery. Works in progress may be seen in the studio. Works are available for leasing and art workshops arranged on request. Art consultancy for office and home available. Located at 555 Matangi Road. https://gibbslang.co.nz/
Di Tocker Glass Studio and Gallery
Glass Artist Di Tocker works from her purpose-built studio in Cambridge, New Zealand. Di Tocker’s glass sculptures can be found in prestigious galleries throughout New Zealand. Make an appointment to visit Di Tocker’s Glass Studio & Gallery. Artworks can be commissioned and made to order to suit you. Cast glass artworks from Di Tocker are absolutely unique including individually crafted packaging made for each glass piece. Located at 33 Jarrett Street. Contact via email email@example.com or phone +64 210384057
The Sculpture Park at Waitakaruru Arboretum
The Sculpture Park at Waitakaruru Arboretum provides an Art-in-Nature experience with over 100 sculptures and installations within one of New Zealand’s largest outdoor galleries. Its 2km trail winds amongst a landscape of ponds, cliffs, rocks and thousands of trees created from a former derelict quarry. The park offers opportunities for children and families to interact with nature in creative ways.
The park is run by a charitable trust that aims to inspire imagination and creativity in all ages. It features new exhibitions annually. The current exhibition ‘Stories in the Landscape 2022’, curated by Gina Ferguson, includes a further 30 sculptures and installations along the park’s art-in-nature trail. Many of the sculptures are available to purchase.
The Sculpture Park at Waitakaruru Arboretum207 Scotsman Valley Rd, Tauwhare, Hamilton, Waikato; Enquiries:
0275 670 996; firstname.lastname@example.org; https://www.sculpturepark.co.nz/
The Heritage Gallery is a gem in the heart of beautiful Cambridge, New Zealand. Established in 1995,we have a reputation for our selection of quality New Zealand art, including contemporary original art, studio glass, ceramics, jewellery and wood products. So come, visit and feed your soul. If you can’t visit personally, browse and purchase online but do check out our lovely gallery. Located at 85 Victoria Street. https://www.heritagegallery.co.nz/
Art Classes and Experiences
Cambridge Society of Arts
Tucked away in a small building above Te Koo Utu Lake, a group of artists gather each Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday morning for a few hours of creative chatter, with works of art to show for it at the end.
The Cambridge Society of Arts has been based out of the Thornton Rd premises known as The Painting Place since it started in the 1960s, and while members have come and gone, its kindred creativity has lived on.
Located at 50 Thornton Road. https://www.facebook.com/cambridgeartsociety/
Seasons Art Class
Learning art is easy at Seasons Art Class. Our courses provide a high level of tuition by experienced Artists, and our bubbly atmosphere makes learning fun
· 3 hour class – Time for yourself to learn and enjoy
· All in-class materials supplied
· 14 week course – Lots of time to learn
· Qualified Tutor – Comprehensive curriculum
St Andrews Parish Hall 85 Hamilton Road. https://www.seasonsartclass-waikato.com/
Catherine Haworth is a New Zealand born artist, residing on her family farm, where many generations of her family has lived, loved, and created their own art. Catherine comes from a long line of creative and talented artists. She loves creating unique commissioned artwork for her clients, as well as one of a kind artwork of her favourite magical equine friends. Catherine has been an avid artist her entire life, honing her talent over decades.
She is available for commissioned work via request, and has some beautiful work available to buy via her online store. If you wish to get in touch with Catherine to organise a viewing, commission or something else, don’t hesitate to get in touch. www.createdbycatherine.co.nz/contact
Kate Burchett and Adele Bird
In her studio Kate pushes her creativity to produce a diverse range of fascinating ceramic works and freeform sculptures.
Adele Bird artist & Kate, ceramic artist
Started in 2021, Studio Three hosts the work of neighbours Kate & Adele, using Kate’s workshop where she has produced award winning ceramics.
3 Grosvenor Street, Cambridge
Narelle is largely a self-taught painter. Working in acrylic with both palette knife and brush, her works can be distinguished into two main themes, landscape and still life. Her ‘landscape’ paintings are motivated by a sentimental connection to place. Narelle’s landscape and townscape paintings are inspired by the contrasting places that she has lived in and travelled to. Her ‘still life’ paintings in a similar way draw on a nostalgic connection to time. With a keen interest in mid-20th Century design, she often includes evocative ‘vintage’ pieces in her paintings. Alongside a love for all things botanical, the cut flowers starring in her still life paintings are mostly from her own garden. The overwhelming theme of all her works though, both still life and landscape, is the celebration and joyful use of colour.
Carole Hughes is a self-taught Cambridge artist who has a passion for colour and Fauve Art
“The use of colours, the bold thick strokes and the almost naïve way of putting paint on canvas is a magical blend in itself,” says Carole
Carole Hughes started painting in 1994 experimenting with oils and creating a style which would depict the elements which she had admired for so many years.
She travelled to Europe and has continued to paint large and colourful paintings from Italy, France, Serbia , Bosnia and Spain. These paintings showed that classic Fauve characteristic that “colour was how you want it to be not how it was meant to be.”
One of Carole’s paintings hangs in the halls of the Beehive and as a specialist in the Fauve Art movement she has been invited to give a presentation on Fauve artists and the influence they have had on her work.
Over the ensuing years Carole has exhibited in most of the large cities throughout New Zealand. She has been guest exhibitor at The Monterey Gallery, in Auckland, The Heritage Gallery in Cambridge, The Millwood Gallery in Wellington, plus various galleries in Nelson and Christchurch. Many of her canvases have travelled overseas and she has many followers throughout the world.
19 Queen St, Cambridge; Phone 021401951; www.carolehughesart.co.nz/page/contact/
Lea paints in oil and acrylic, does encaustic and gourd art and also makes sculptures.
131 McLarnon Road, Cambridge
Kirsten McIntosh Art
Welcome to Kirsten McIntosh Art. Here you’ll find my collection of New Zealand landscape paintings from Cathedral Cove, to Milford Sounds, Rangitoto & more. I am a New Zealand landscape artist, inspired by the works of Klimt and the natural beauty of New Zealand scenery. Browse my online shop and don’t hesitate to get in touch with any comments or questions, I would love to hear from you!
6 Williams Street – Studio open by appointment – 0279238560
Jo Beckett Pottery
Beautiful NZ-made pottery art for the home & garden.
12 Alpha Street, 027 82 319 69; email@example.com
Jenny Scown has been passionate about photography since she held her first Olympus SLR camera in her hand at the age of 17. It was an immediate connection and evolved into a wonderful career in professional photography and as a photographic artist.
These days Jenny focuses mainly on creating artistic images that reflect her love of flowers, nature, light and the beautiful New Zealand landscape.
Her captivating fine art photography is exhibited in galleries and has been published in award winning books, magazines, calendars & cards. Jenny has travelled extensively with her photography and in the last fourteen years has concentrated on building a unique collection of fine art images printed on beautiful archival art papers. Jenny uses the camera as a creative tool to communicate & share her personal vision and capture special moments in time.