Welcome to the Forrester Gallery

The Forrester Gallery is housed in a spectacular neo-classical building originally constructed in 1884 for the Bank of New South Wales. The site was acquired by the former Oamaru Borough Council and opened as a gallery in 1983 with the help of a substantial legacy from John M. Forrester (1865 -1965).

Forrester Gallery facade

After more than 30 years and hundreds of thousands of visitors the Forrester Gallery street level space and stairway are to receive a well-earned facelift in keeping with the heritage value of the Category 1 listed, RA Lawson designed building.

The Friends of Forrester Gallery is an incorporated society, which would value your membership and welcome your participation in supporting the Forrester Gallery.

Annual membership fee is $15 per person, with a family concession of $30, for two or more.
Membership is valid for the Friends’ financial year of 1st June to 31st May.