Attend committee meetings

Our committee meets the first Monday of each month at the Aigantighe at 5:15pm.
At these meetings we discuss special projects and fundraisers to support the gallery and plan exhibition openings.
To be a committee member, you will need to be a financial member of the Friends of the Aigantighe Art Gallery Inc.

To share the fun around, we have some key roles within the committe:

  • President /the Chair
  • Vice President
  • Secretary
  • Treasurer
  • Bar Person
  • Food Manager
  • Fundraising Manager
  • Marketing & Communications Manager
  • Website Manager
  • Membership manager
  • Piano manager

Help host openings

We help host exhibition openings by serving wine and beer at the bar, and handing around finger food.
We also run a raffle on the night to help fundraise.

Become a gallery volunteer

Friends members also can volunteer their time at the gallery, if you are interested in these roles please contact the Aigantighe Gallery Manager.

Sylvia McKenzie’s long association with the gallery began with the formation of the Friends of Aigantighe in 1976. Sylvia’s late husband Evan was the first President of the new organisation,and Sylvia served along side him on the committee of the Friends for many years. 

Over that time,she was involved in decisions to purchase artworks for the Aigantighe’s permanent collection, includingthe sculpture titled Study from Life by Francis Shurrock, a personal favourite of Sylvia’s.

During Meg Parkin’s timeas Director of the Aigantighe, when there were only two full-time staff members,the need a rose for more help in the Gallery so the call was made for volunteers. Sylvia was among the first volunteers to give her time at reception during open hours. Volunteers have been a vital part of the Aigantighe team ever since, as the first point of contact for visitors to the gallery. 

That was over 20 years ago and Sylvia is still a reliable presence behind the reception desk each week. She enjoys the social element of the role - she likes to see people and have a chat. In her words: “Visitors are just as important to the volunteers as the volunteers are to the visitors.”

My association with the Aigantighe Art Gallery began in 1956 when I was visiting Timaru and invited to attend the official opening. Little did I know then that in 1960 I would come to live in Timaru with my husband Ronald, an architect who established his practice ere and in 1978 designed the extensions to Aigantighe, for which he was awarded an NZIA Design Award. Meanwhile I became interested in pottery, founded the South Canterbury Pottery Group and taught pottery at Timaru Technical College with Ainslie Manson who later became the second Director at Aigantighe. My interest in the visual arts continues and overthe years we have builtup a large collection, especially of art associated with South Canterbury, and the “Dohig Collection” is now part of a bequest to the Gallery.

I maintain my interest in pottery, but now have a renewed interest in patchwork and creative knitting. I joined the Friends o fAigantighe when it was established, was elected a life member in 1993 and subsequently President. During my term the
Friends celebrated their 25th birthday with a memorable function at the Gallery and marked the occassion with the presentation of three works of art associated with South Canterbury.

Over the past 15 years I have been a volunteer at the Gallery and still enjoy this role today. It is a pleasure to greet visitors to the Gallery and assist them to enjoy their time there.