Our Annual Exhibition is held in July with an Extravaganza Opening Night on the Friday.It then runs every day from 11am to 5pm (late night Wednesday till 7pm) closing the Sunday 10 days later. It runs in conjunction with the Gore Hokonui Fashion Awards on the closing weekend so that many people from around the country can attend both.

2016 we had a very successful wine and cheese event on closing of our first official viewing day featuring ‘That Blind Women’ aka Julie woods from Dunedin. An event that will continue in 2017.

Some of our prestigious guest artists have included Andrew van der Putten (pottery); Mandy Dempsey (painting); Mandy Angus (glass); Randall Froude (painting); Katie Gold (pottery/ceramics); Peter & Jeanette Shearer (pottery/ceramics); Tony Shatford (wood); John Toomer (painting); ‘Naked Art’ (body sculpture); Murray Swan (metal sculpture); Peter Viesnik (glass); Rick Rudd (pottery); Annemieke Farmilo (pounamu and glass artist); Phil Newbury (glass); Nathanael Provis (painting); Lou Pendergrast-Mathieson (cast glass) Odelle Morshuis (visual Artist).

This year our Guest Artist is Stephen Martyn Welch, New Zealand’s top portraiture artist.Finalist since 2010 in New ZealandsAdam Portraiture Awards, winning in 2012.The artist from TVNZ7 Series ‘The Sitting’, portraits of many famous New Zealanders and currently residing in Wanaka and working on EDAP(Everyone deserves a portrait).

Today, the Exhibition is a ‘must see’ event on the provinces’ Arts calendar, annually showcasing more than 500 artworks from over 80 artists, in a wide variety of mediums. The Exhibition is for invited artists from throughout New Zealand along with our own local artists also able to exhibit. One of the many drawcards for artists is such a varied high standard of artwork viewed by a large audience from Otago and Southland and also ourpolicy of paying for return freight on unsold exhibits. For such a small town (approx. 400) our exhibition in our large community centre is quite unique. Many of our artists travel to attend Opening Night.

Emerging Artist Award: $1000 prize awarded on opening night from a limited selection of works displayed for the duration of the exhibition. Artists under the age of 25(at 21 July 2017) who are residents of Southland(defined by Community Trust of Southland area) are eligible to enter a two or three dimensional work. Selected artists receive a complimentary ticket to Opening Night.Entry is by digital image due 24th June. Further information and entry details are available by using our contact page.

Gift Shop: Is a cash and carry adjoining room at the Exhibition featuring invited craftspeople and also invited Exhibition Artists with items of lesser value.

Yum – Pop up Café: run by Balfour Home and School, Barista and great food served, lunches and afternoon tea’s. You can find them on facebook for daily specials during the Exhibition.

Art Classes: during this years exhibition can be found on Classes Tab as they become available.

Childrens Art: Local schools and playgroups are invited to participate by displaying their work in the Mavor Room. All participating groups receive a book voucher.

Local Artists: Members from within the School boundaries(ie served by Riversdale, Balfour, Otama and Waikaia Schools) are invited to exhibit their work.Artists are required to pay $5 to become a member and then exhibit up to two items in the Exhibition or more in shop.Please contact us on our page for all details concerning commission and delivery. The Committee reserves the right to reject any work not considered up to standard.

General Admission: $7
Students: Primary $0.50, Secondary: $2
Opening Night and Seasons Ticket: $25

Available at SBS Gore or Riversdale Service Station’.

Enquiries and Bookings:027 266 3706 or by emailing clarkes@ispnz.co.nz

Payment by bank deposit Riversdale Arts (03)0915 0286641 00 (please include your name in reference)