"A new gallery that works to support children in hardship is a commendable charity" - Sam Edwards, Waikato Times 14 May 2019

Shaheer Sibbir for Santan Dave

1st Prize

Nancy Caiger, Chair of the Judge's panel, addresses the crowd

Presentation of the $500 prize money to the best overall School, Hamilton Girls High

In the gallery on exhibition night;  Sandra Barlow, Trust Board Member and Nancy Caiger.

Children are our inspiration

The primary purpose of our Trust is to raise funds and donate them to children in the Waikato who lead incredibly tough lives. Despite the pandemic that has interrupted our world, we have been able to continue selling great art and gifts.

Accordingly, at the beginning of this year we have donated funds to three organizations

  • Kiwican
  • Tokoroa Women’s Refuge
  • Pillars

A Schools’ Art Competition: The Artful Four: 40 shots

Exhibition Opening Night

Monday 12th April saw the Welcome Swallow Gallery launching a special arts competition that featured four local schools. It was a ticket only affair with 150 young artists, teachers and parents celebrating a fantastic night of innovative, insightful and moreover, inspiration art. 

Hamilton Boys High, Hamilton Girls High, Rototuna High and Sacred Heart College each submitted their best 10 compositions that were reviewed by a panel of judges consisting of local impresario, Nancy Caiger, Andrew Unternahrer, dealer principal at Ebbett Audi and Sandra Barlow, a gallery artist and gallery Trust Board member. The event was sponsored by Ebbett Audi and Hamilton Pack & Send.   Nancy Caiger waxed eloquently on the quality of the art work presented. The prizes rewarded were:

  - Best overall school, $500 > Hamilton Girls High

 - 1st prize for best individual composition, $350 >   Shaheer Sibbir for Santan Dave

-  2nd prize individual composition, $250 > Sara Arain for She's Looking

-  3rd prize individual composition, $150 > Emma James for Fracture

- The Volunteers' Choice Award was also taken out by Emma James's composition, Fracture

For full exhibition Catalogue and pictures of the evening, see below.

N.B. 14 compositions were sold the first night.

A Winning Wall


In the run up to ANZAC Day on 25th April, the Welcome Swallow Gallery is proud to present an extremely evocative art installation form Elwyn Stone, entitled THEATRE 100. Images of soldiers and battles are etched onto large perspex poppies that are infused with an underneath light fitting. The central feature of the installation is a white cross wrapped in barbed wire. Lest we forget.

Totem Woman

Jenni Taris

Terra Sigillata, Terracotta

800mm tall

Price: $1250

Ray Ching in the Welcome Swallow Gallery

Raymond Ching

The Swallow & the Falling Leaf


Welcome Swallow Gallery Exhibition Catalogues and information plates

Please note that although each exhibition replaces the previous one in the gallery, we may still be able to source a work of art from earlier exhibitions. We are also able to freight our art works anywhere within New Zealand and worldwide. Freight costs are additional to the Catalogue prices. By downloading the catalogues above you will have immediate access to reviewing over 500 pieces of art work.

e-mail: WelcomeSwallow.nz@gmail.com

Gallery Reviews - what is recorded

Waikato Times Reviews Threads of Life Exhibition 13 August 2019

Sam Edwards provides a thoughtful review of the threads of life Exhibition by calling out one of the pieces that was sold early on. "Zipper or Door" by artist Rainy Du is chosen as emblematic of the exhibition's intent.

Press coverage of the celebration exhibition, Waikato Times 14 May 2019

~ Waikato Times Coverage 12th February ~

The Waikato Watercolourists Exhibition 14 Feb - 31st March 2020


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