Cold weather getting you down? Check out these hidden gems around campus for some art and culture to warm you right up.
De Beer Gallery
For our first pick you don’t even have to leave the library! Head on over to Special Collections on the first floor, where intriguing exhibitions are always open to the public. At the moment there’s 500 Years On. Martin Luther and the Protestant Reformation, a captivating wee show celebrating Martin Luther’s 1517 nailing of the 95 theses to the church door. It’s easy to get lost in the books and art retrieved from the depths of our library, and always worth a visit whenever a new exhibition comes through.
419 Great King Street
Across the road you’ll find the Otago Museum, currently looking majestic amongst its golden, leafy surroundings. If you haven’t paid a visit to this treasure trove then be sure to check it out sometime. Alongside the Tropical Forest (the perfect spot for dreaming away the chilliness of May), the museum contains amazing art and artefacts from a range of cultures. Art exhibitions and events regularly come through the museum, so it’s always worth a visit to see what’s new.
90 Anzac Ave
After his death in 1910, Dr T. M. Hocken donated over 4,000 items to kick off the Hocken Collections on Anzac Ave. Today, the Collections are an awesome resource for researchers and contain an impressive art collection behind the scenes. Exhibitions regularly cycle through the Hocken’s upstairs gallery space, and are usually free to the public. Freefall, an inspiring collection of international and New Zealand art and items, is showing at the moment - free entry, and a fascinating way to spend an hour.
Dunedin School of Art Gallery
For art that is exciting, vibrant, and often unexpected, the Dunedin School of Art Gallery offers free public exhibitions year round. A fantastic range of artists exhibit here, working in mediums ranging from painting and photography to experimental video art. Get a glimpse of the awesome talent from our neighbouring tertiary establishment. You might just leave inspired.