Nelson City Centre ArtWalk

Make/Shift Spaces and The Suter Art Gallery Te Aratoi o Whakatū

ArtWalk Nelson takes you around art installations in central Nelson.
Many thanks to all the property owners and tenants for being part of ArtWalk.

Jane Evans

Ladies Day

171 Trafalgar Street (next to Taking Shape Ladies Fashion)

Jane Evans' Ladies Day captures a day on the green, with one woman focused on her putting, another being the imperious observer, and then the chatterer, with her back to us.

Jane Evans

Saturday Afternoon I

15 Bridge Street (on the old Nelson Evening Mail Printing Press building between Bridge St & Wakatu Lane)

Jane Evans has captured a quintessential Nelson scene: a Saturday afternoon yacht race on Nelson Harbour.

Jane Evans

Summer Siesta

Fiddle Lane (next to Nelson Day Spa at 86 Bridge Street)

Jane Evans' reclining woman, languidly at rest in the heat of the day, was deemed too distracting for the intended boardroom location.

Bill Hammond

All Along the Heaphy Highway

27 Halifax Street (on the wall of Nelson Library, facing Riverside Youth Pop-Up Park)

Bill Hammond’s surrealist landscape is about the controversy surrounding building a road to connect the top of the West Coast with the Nelson region, using the Heaphy Track.

Irvine Major

At the Slip

168 Trafalgar Street (Westpac Bank carpark)

Nelson’s port and marina provided Irvine Major with a wealth of interesting subject matter – including these colourful vessels on the slipway.

Cedric Savage


79 Rutherford Street (next to Chokdee Restaurant)

Cedric Savage's Aftermath is probably a compilation of different aspects of Golden Bay, with Tata Island perhaps, in the middle distance.

Robin Slow


15 Bridge Street (Nelson Mail)

This painting refers to the Māori name for The Suter Art Gallery: Te Aratoi o Whakatū. Ara is pathway. Toi relates to art and knowledge. Te Aratoi o Whakatū: the pathway to art in Nelson.

Robin Slow


43 Montgomery Square (near the bike stand)

Robin Slow's painting depicts the origins of kōkōwai, a stone that is ground to make a red ochre pigment, and which, when applied, can denote tapu (sacredness).

Michael Smither

Boy and Dolphin

75 Rutherford Street (at the rear of Bed Bath & Beyond)

Michael Smither researched and painted a series of humans with a dolphin after being commissioned to do a cover image for Maurice Shadbolt’s novel This Summer’s Dolphin.

Toss Woollaston

From Spooners Range

105 Montgomery Square (Pomeroys Coffee & Tea)

Many of Toss Woollaston’s landscapes are from a high vantage point, embracing more than the eye can see in one glance. From Spooners Range depicts the spectacular view looking towards Tasman Bay.

Toss Woollaston

View from Takaka Hill

23 Wakatu Lane (behind the Suburban Bus Station)

Sometimes an artwork affects how you look at a landscape. Once you have seen this painting, it might change the way you regard the view from the top of Tākaka Hill looking towards Motueka.