Art and Creativity in Nelson

A vibrant, sunny environment has inspired a dynamic artists’ culture in Nelson for generations.

Rich with glass artists, painters, sculptors, photographers, and fashion designers, you’ll love the unique, arty flavour of the region.

New Zealand’s best known landscape photographer, Craig Potton, was born in Nelson. His passion for conservation of the New Zealand environment shines through in his work, which often focuses on the relationship between artistic beauty and wilderness in the natural world. A print or book by Craig Potton is the ultimate reminder of New Zealand’s natural beauty. Head to the Craig Potton Gallery & Store in Central Nelson. 

Visiting Nelson on a Saturday? Great timing! The Nelson Market is held every Saturday morning, and is a must-do as it features works from a large number of the local artisans. There's something pretty special about preusing local artwork, coffee in hand on a sunny Saturday morning. 

The Suter Art Gallery is a memorial to Andrew and Amelia Suter, who were key figures in Nelson’s cultural life in the mid 1800’s.  It’s a great gallery to visit, with constantly changing collections and a broad range of art styles to admire or purchase.

For a different range of local art, visit the ICON Gallery and Sculpture Park. Two galleries, a gift shop, working studios and a native bush sculpture walk makes this an enjoyable Nelson experience.

The quirky and unique RED Art Gallery, Design Store & Café is known for displaying dynamic, different artwork. Admire the art and the design products before enjoying some of their delicious food & coffee.

Nelson is also known for its thriving Glass Art scene. Hoglund Art Glass – famous the world over – began when Swedish glassblowing couple Ola and Marie Hoglund arrived in Nelson in the mid 1980’s.  Hoglund pieces are famous for their strong, simple lines of classic Scandinavian glassware, with the addition of a Pacific feel and vibrant colours. Visit the Hoglund Art Glass Studio & Gallery in Appleby, 20 minutes from Central Nelson. In addition to Hoglund, Flame Daisy Glass Blowing are known for a distinctly different style of glass blowing and their glass art is famous for their bright colours and Kiwi feel.