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 Forrester offers the Waitaki and wider region a varied and exciting exhibition programme

It houses a growing collection of artworks significant to the region, and stands as an icon of Oamaru’s unique historic precinct.

This former Bank of New South Wales was built at a time of rapid growth in Oamaru. Designed by Dunedin architect Robert Lawson in 1883, the building forms a handsome pair in limestone with its equally imposing neighbour, the National Bank. Both have luxuriant acanthus leaves on the capitals of their Corinthian columns. The building was sympathetically converted to an art gallery in 1983.