Visiting Blue Oyster

16 Dowling Street, Dunedin

Rātū — Rāmere

11am – 5pm

Tuesday - Friday

11am – 5pm


11am – 3pm


11am – 3pm

Blue Oyster Art Project Space exists to enable emerging and experimental artists, writers, curators and arts practitioners to work free from commercial restraints in an innovative and experimental environment.

Orissa Keane and Min-Young Her, Tea and a chat public programming event for Made from local and imported ingredients, 2021. Photo: Bunty Bou
Orissa Keane and Min-Young Her, Tea and a chat public programming event for Made from local and imported ingredients, 2021. Photo: Bunty Bou

Since its establishment the Trust has aimed to broaden an interest and understanding of contemporary art by providing a diverse and energetic forum for critical dialogue around a yearly programme of exhibitions, projects, events and publications.

Gallery One
Exhibition space is 9.6 x 4.2 metres with a ceiling height of 3.3 metres. The gallery walls are 12mm MDF and the floor is wooden.
Gallery One has a large window that faces the street.

Gallery Two
Exhibition space is 4.9 x 2.8 metres with a ceiling height of 3.3 metres. The walls are 12mm MDF. Gallery Two has no windows and a single entrance.
Both galleries have fluorescent lighting in fixed positions.

Blue Oyster Art Project Space
16 Dowling Street
Dunedin 9016
PO Box 5903
Dunedin 9054
03 479 0197


About: Current Staff


Director: Simon Palenski (2023–)

Simon is from Ōtautahi and he was a Co-director of Paludal art space and the 2022 Ihupukutaka Kairauhī Curatorial Intern at Dunedin Public Art Gallery.

Public Programmes and Communications Coordinator: Lindsey de Roos (2022-)

Lindsey is from Tāmaki Makaurau where she was the curator of the Malcolm Smith Gallery as well as an Art and Design Technician at the Auckland University of Technology. Lindsey has recently completed her Masters in Visual Art, researching racial equity within art academia from AUT. Lindsey is excited to engage with Ōtepoti community and continue her work through facilitation. 

Director: Hope Wilson (2020–)

Hope came to Blue Oyster from Eastern Southland Gallery in Gore where she was Gallery Events Coordinator. Prior to this she was Assistant Curator at The Physics Room in Ōtautahi Christchurch where she supported and developed curatorial projects with a collaborative ethos, including the (Un)conditional exhibition series which initiated a number of exhibitions partnering with galleries across Te Waipounamu, the South Island. Hope has a background in Art History and English (BA Hons) from the University of Otago and a Postgraduate Diploma in Museum Studies from Massey University.

Design, Publishing & Communications Manager:

Erin Broughton (2020–)

Erin joins us from Strategy Creative in Ōtautahi. Prior to this Erin lived and worked in Ōtepoti where she was one of five facilitators of Laurel Project Space (now Favour). Erin is also a DINZ Best Design gold pin recipient for her work on Bones Publication(2018), which was produced through Radio One 91fm where she was formerly Music Director. Erin has a background in communication and design, graduating from the University of Otago with Bachelor of Arts (English and Psychology) and Otago Polytechnic with a Bachelor of Design (Communication). 

General enquiry

Publishing and media

Director Hope Wilson

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