Carnaval de Oruro 13-17 April

  Featuring the photos of Carlos Biggemann opening Tuesday 12 April 6pm


Since gaining his qualifications at the Aoraki Polytechnic, Carlos Biggemann’s extraordinary achievements include:

The 2013 National Down Syndrome Achievement Award by the New Zealand General Governor, the Hon. Sir Jerry Mateparae.

Coverage by the Bolivian Media and the CNN International correspondent of his Exhibit in Bolivia called Magical New Zealand .

In February 2015 Carlos was one of the accredited photographers at the famous Carnaval de Oruro, in Bolivia. His work featured in the  Oruro daily La Patria during the Carnaval festivities.

The Carnaval de Oruro brings out the carnival's rhythm, tradition and colour, and the deep devotion and religious faith shown by thousands of dancers in their journey and pilgrimage to the Shrine where their Patroness, the "Virgin of the Mineshafts" is venerated.


Wild About Nature  22 - 25 April:

A mini exhibition in the Sales Gallery, featuring the selected work of OAS members.

This along with the Fresh Takeaways will take us to the opening of our next long-waited event - the Hope and Sons Art Awards. See below.


Hope & Sons Art Awards 2016

30 April - 29 May 2016
The theme is "Reflections of who we are"

This is our next major Exhibition, attracting entries from thoughout the South Island.
It is fast approaching.

Here are some of the winners from the past:




Karen Smith 1st Hopes 2012 Jasmine Middleditch - People's Choice 2012
Maurice Middleditch - 3rd 2014

Robert Ireland 2nd Hopes 2014