Art in the country: Lakeland Art Gallery

Whether you are wanting to fill a gap on the wall or searching for that something special, unusual, or unique, Lakeland Art Gallery may have just the piece you are looking for.

Only a 45-minute drive from Christchurch or Ashburton awaits the quaint town of Leeston and the friendly Ellesmere art gallery, Lakeland Art.

A small group of local artists, some from the long-established Ellesmere Art Group, came together with support from the local council and brought the gallery to life.

Since opening its doors in 2017, the gallery has been displaying beautiful art in various mediums and forms, featuring local and wider Canterbury artists.

A wide range of paintings, from established and new artists, are always on display, as well as ceramics, sculptures, and glassware. The welcoming space is open and spacious with great lighting, making for an enjoyable atmosphere to wander and get lost in the art.

The showroom is refreshed and changed monthly, meaning each time you come back you can discover new and exciting pieces, as well as the monthly featured artist display area.

For something more hands-on, the large workshop area offers fun and educational tutorials, workshops, and various art and craft groups throughout the year.

It’s not a complete trip to Leeston without a visit to the Lakeland Art Gallery. Make a day of it by stopping for lunch at the local hotel or cafes, wandering around Lake Ellesmere and the bird hide, or checking out the little Rakaia Huts by the sea.

Find the gallery at 80 High Street, Leeston, open Tuesday to Sunday, 10am to 4pm. To get in touch email or phone 027 820 3045.

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