The Gallery

"...the gallery has quality and originality in its works and that augurs well for future exhibitions". - Sam Edwards, Waikato Times review 14 May 2019

The original Welcome Swallow Gallery was situated entirely within the confines of the gift shop itself. While some art has been retained in the gift section, new Exhibitions take place exclusively in the space adjacent to where gifts are located. In keeping with developing broad community engagement we continue to feature, primarily, local artists across a range of media that includes paintings, ceramics, sculpture and textiles. We also have established a "Feature of the month" that focuses on a single piece of art work. For further details, visit our blog. 

Exhibitions and sponsors

The  Welcome Swallow Gallery opened on 1st May 2019 and is a significant addition to art facilities in the Waikato. The first Exhibition entitled celebration ran from 1st May to 1 August 2019 and was co-sponsored by our launch Partners, Ebbett Audi whose dealership is also located in Hamilton East. 

The second exhibition threads of life ran from 9 August to 20 September and featured tapestries, quilts and mixed media as well as traditional wall-hung art. Ebbett Audi sponsored this exhibition as well as the raglan art with risk exhibition that launched on 27th September and ran until 27 October.

November 1st saw the start of the exhibition christmas in the gallery that  ran until 10 January 2020 with sponsor Enlighten Designs.

Prints in the Gallery that ran from early January to 12th February, included works from Sir William Russell Flint, together with prints from our established Welcome Swallow artists. The Flint prints were shown in partnership with the Jonathan Grant Galleries in Auckland. 

Our first exhibition in the new year, entitled The Waikato Watercolourists, launched on 14th February. During this time the Gallery is presenting a special exhibit of four pieces from Frances Hodgkins, sponsored by our long time corporate partner Ebbett Audi. Following on from Hodgkins's 150th anniversary celebrated in May of 2019, is the largest display of her work ever seen in the Waikato. Don't miss it! Additionally, the "Feature of the Month" is an important watercolour from Rita Angus who spent the summer of 1943 painting in and around Banks Peninsula.

Ann Gray, Anne Harrison, Coleen Tetley and Trish Harding have brought together 35 pieces that presents as A New Zealand Story. Following the covid-19 shutdown this new exhibition is being re-scheduled  Look out for more details!

Gallery Gossip

The Waikato Watercolourists Exhibition 14th February - 31st March

The Exhibition Catalogue

Photos from the launch, Friday 14th

Permanent Collection

The gallery has an allocated space for a permanent collection sourced from our most established artists. From time time and following art works being sold, the collection is refreshed. Below is the current catalogue for these works. The main hall of the gallery is used for ongoing exhibitions.

Robyn Ninnes compositions in the Permanent Collection

Toni Kingstone compositions in the Permanent Collection

Raglan Art with Risk exhibition photos 27.9.19 - 27.10.19

DB Chartered Accountant's Volunteer's Choice Award

Diane Mayson-Hewitt's splendid Venice Canal, shown abovetook out the honours as the Volunteer's Choice Award for the Raglan Art with Risk exhibition.


To view our celebration - redux online catalog, click below

For updated celebration online catalog, indicating art works SOLD, click below

celebration Exhibition photos 1st May 2019


  1. Gilian Hamilton, A Welcome Swallow Exhibition, 3 August – 31 Dec 2013 
  2. John Wakeling, Art in Nature: a photographic Exhibition, 8 Feb – 1 June 2014
  3. Marion Manson, and Fenella Fern, The Art of Craft, 30 Oct – 1 Dec 2014 
  4. Marilyn  Rea-Menzies and Belinda Saunders, Fantasies in Fibre and Clay, 4 Dec – 2 Feb 2014/15 
  5. Kate Wilson, Project Darkside, 22 May – 31 August 2015
  6. David Clark, Haydn Rive, Robyn Ninnes, Kate Wilson, Fenella Fern and Gilian Hamilton Group exhibition, March – May 2016
  7. Marilyn Rea-Menzies and Elwyn Stone, Juxtapose, 28 Oct – 31 Jan 2016/17
  8. Kate Wilson Mind Stretch, 1 March - 31 May 2017
  9. Deborah Eastwood, The Messengers, 9 June -  31 July 2017
  10. Denise White, Odyssey, 11 August – 30 Sept 2017
  11. Jenni Taris, Yasmin Davis, Expressions of Spring: Clay and Felt, 6 October – 6 Jan 2017/18
  12. Robyn Ninnes, A Point of Difference, 19 Jan – 3 March 2018 
  13. Toni Kingstone, Peaceful by Nature, 9 March -  30 April 2018
  14. Maggie Sullivan, Small works: Musings and Meditations, 4 May - 18 June 2018
  15. Catherine Smith, Flowers and more – A celebration of the Natural World, 10 August – 10 Sept 2018
  16. Birgit Shannon, Journey of Styles, 14 Sept – 29 Oct 2018
  17. Yasmin Davis and Jenni Taris and Robyn Ninnes, Spring Collection 1 Nov – 31 Jan 2018/19
  18. Rebecca Ngapo, Noun: A collection of People, Places and Things, 8 Feb – 23rd March 2019
  19. Various Artists, celebration 1 May – 1 August 2019 (Current) // celebration - redux, 14 June - 1st August 2019
  20. Marilyn Rea-Menzies, Joan Woodham, Louise Cook, Anita Seddon, Rainy Du, threads of life, 9th August - 20th September 2019
  21. Various Artists, raglan art with risk, 27 September - 27th October 2019
  22. Various Artists, christmas in the gallery, 1st November - 10th January 2020
  23. Sir William Russell Flint with gallery artists, prints in the gallery, 12 January - 12 February 2020
  24. Various Artists, The Waikato Watercolourists, 14 February - 31st March 2020
  25. Forthcoming A New Zealand Story, date to be set after the covid-19 lockdown
  26. Forthcoming Emerging Artists, TBA

Below is a list of artists and their web links, who have prior exhibited in the Welcome Swallow Gallery

  • Jenni Taris
  • Denise White 
  • Kate Wilson
  • Jos Coufreur
  • Haydn Rive
  • David Clark
  • Deborah Eastwood
  • Maggie Sullivan
  • Belinda Saunders
  • Marion Manson
  • Fenella Fern
  • Richard Gemmell
  • Ro Fawcett Smith
  • Marise Rarere
  • Jodi Collins
  • Leontien van der Beek
  • Catherine Houston
  • Bridget Flanagan
  • Miranda Hensleigh
  • Anike Hinze
  • Chris Fairley
  • Naomi Roche
  • Dennis Ralph
  • Barry O'Brien
  • Diane Mayson-Hewitt
  • Ailene Cuthbertson
  • Ann Gray

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