With its monthly programme of exhibitions, Stoddart Cottage Gallery in Diamond Harbour seeks to propagate the creative tradition of the building’s previous inhabitants, which include the respected painter Margaret Stoddart. Stoddart was one of only a few New Zealand women artists of her era that travelled to study and exhibit in Europe. Pursuing a career that initially focused on botanical paintings of local plants, she later branched out into Impressionism at a time when it was considered a radical style in her home country

More information about Margaret Stoddart and her work can be found here.

In 2022, the gallery moves to a curated programme of exhibitions with a twice-yearly call out. As a community gallery, it is particularly interested in supporting the work of local artists and artisans working in the Harbour Basin. It also encourages submissions of high-quality work across all mediums from emerging and established practitioners from further afield, especially art that actively engages in an original way with themes that resonate with the building’s heritage. These include:

  • contemporary engagements with nature, ecology, and the local environment

  • women's arts practice

  • progressive art

  • the creative cultures of Whakaraupō

For those who have exhibited at Stoddart Cottage before, there is a minimum period of two years between exhibitions, with preference given to those who have not yet exhibited here. The gallery charges $120 for a 4-week fully staffed exhibition (open Fridays to Sundays and most public holidays). It takes a 20% commission on works sold, which goes to support the running of the cottage and the artisans’ group that run the gallery shop.

Stoddart Cottage Gallery is currently taking submissions for exhibitions from individuals, joint exhibitors or groups, for the period between January-June 2022.

Submitting an application

Exhibition proposals should be emailed to the Stoddart Cottage Gallery Manager at
info@stoddartcottage.nz by the deadline of 1 August 2021.

Your proposal needs to include:


  • Your name, or that of your group, with a short bio/artist statement, or group description

  • Whether you are interested in a solo exhibition, or would prefer or be prepared to be a partner in a joint exhibition, or if your proposal is for a group show

  • Whether you have exhibited at Stoddart Cottage before and if so, when this was and the name of the show

  • An outline of the proposed exhibition, including the key concept/themes, media used, how this might relate to your previous work, and if applicable, engage with themes associated with Stoddart Cottage. (500 words max)

  • Description and images of the works you intend to exhibit and/or examples of relevant previous works (4-5 images/examples max)

  • A CV for all participating artists outlining past exhibitions, arts education, residencies and art awards etc. (2 pages max). Community groups applying do not need to submit individual CVs, but might like to include details of previous group exhibitions.

  • These details ideally compiled into a single PDF file that includes CV/s, supporting images and links. Please try to keep the size of the application under 10MB or use a service such as WeTransfer.com.

Applicants will receive an automatic notification when their application has been received. You be contacted if any further information is required, and when a decision is made (within 6 weeks of the proposal deadline). Given the limited gallery manager hours and the likely interest this call will generate, we would be grateful if applicants could wait until communication is instigated by the gallery following your submission.