The Quarry Arts Centre can be a place to showcase, promote and distribute your art.
We have 2 gallery spaces: The Yvonne Rust Gallery and the gallery shop. Both are situated in our main building.
Talk to us about your idea, and we’ll see how we can work together to make it a reality. Quarry staff are experienced in the set-up and promotion of works and are on hand to assist if required.
The Yvonne Rust Gallery
This is the major indoor exhibition space, refurbished in 2011.
The Yvonne Rust Gallery is a unique exhibition space, with its location within the Quarry Arts Centre lending it energy, an engaged audience and a platform for our artists’ growth. Situated in central Whangarei just off state highway 1 heading north, we cater to locals and tourists alike.
The Gallery hosts solo exhibitions, group shows, and community-based projects. Our annual fundraiser, “The Great Plate” is exhibited in this gallery mid-year, and is a highly-anticipated event on the local and national arts calendar.
This is a hire-able gallery, and is therefore effectively your space for the show. You install the work (with our assistance and guidance if required), you design and organise fliers and posters, distribute any advertising material, and spread the word through social media, newspapers etc. You are creating the exhibition experience.
We will support and guide you through the process, to help you achieve your goal for the exhibition. Many of us are artists ourselves and have been through it all before. Good preparation and engagement are key, so we will encourage you to keep in touch with us throughout your planning.
We will help to advertise your event through our contacts too: via our newsletter, our facebook page, by word-of-mouth and of course we would have your physical advertising material on site. We will also provide you with a list of suggested places to advertise. Our audience is made up of working artists and those with an interest in local art. Gallery staff are here to promote and actively sell your work to visitors from Monday-Saturday, 10-4:30.
Our exhibitions run for a month,from the first Friday to the last Saturday. You have 2 days to install your work.
The cost to hire the gallery for this time is $225, payable in advance of your exhibition. Our curator can install your work for you if you wish, for an extra charge of $125.
The gallery takes 30% commission from the retails price of any sales made from exhibitions.
The Gallery Shop
This space was renovated in 2017 to showcase our resident artists’ work, and the work of our regular users and Quarry friends. A beautiful and broad range of art work is available to purchase.
We have paintings, prints, ceramics, domestic ware, sculpture, jewellery and gift cards.