Down by the Liffey Gallery in Lincoln is the little gallery with a big heart, run by the community for the community. Opening hours are Wednesday to Sunday, 10am to 4pm (Winter hours 11.30 to 2.30 Wednesday and Thursday, normal hours Friday, Saturday and Sunday) and is staffed by volunteers.
Exhibitions showcase local artists, emerging artists and community events and exhibitions with new exhibitions every month. The exhibitors are largely drawn from the local Selwyn District and surrounds, and have included artists with a far wider Canterbury, New Zealand and international reputation.
The gallery values, above all, its links with its local community and is popular with local people, many of whom come monthly to view the new offerings. We recently ran a special Selwyn Heritage exhibition in honour of the District’s 150th Anniversary. There is an annual Community Art Month, when local school children, from kindergarten to High School age, and members of the community art group are invited to show their work. The gallery also hosts afternoon or evening events for poetry and short story readings, and musical recitals.
The gallery was opened in October 2011 in the historic Coronation Library building. Bigger inside than it appears, the building itself is well worth a look.
In 2012, the Down by the Liffey Gallery won the Selwyn District Council Arts and Culture Award.
In February 2013, the gallery hosted its 10,000th visitor.
Read more about the history of the building and the formation on the gallery here.