Ashburton Art Gallery and Heritage Centre

West Street, Ashburton.
Ashburton, Canterbury
The new Gallery & Heritage Centre focuses on the district's history and culture.
At the heart of the Gallery collection is the works of internationally celebrated Ashburton-born children's book author and illustrator David Elliot. As the institutional caretaker of Elliot's vast collection the Gallery has gained a notable point of difference.
Included are drawings from award winning books The Making of the Word Witch (a collaboration with the late Margaret Mahy), The Moon and Farmer McPhee and Lewis Carroll's The Hunting of the Snark.
The museum, which is a separate entity, has collections which record the natural and cultural history of the district. There is a model of the Rangitata Diversion Race, a key factor in the region's economy. The race which involves a powerstation at Highbank runs 66 kilometres across the District irrigating many farms. It was started in 1936 as a depression work scheme. Also see the famous photo of Bob Semple the first Labour government's Minister of Works who is usually depicted driving a bulldozer.

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  • Art Gallery & Heritage Centre The architectural render
    Art Gallery & Heritage Centre The architectural render
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    The Built Result
  • The distinguishing characteristics of the region are highlighted in a display
    The distinguishing characteristics of the region are highlighted in a display
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