Circa 2013, Koru galleries began its life at Koru Road, Ōakura in the architecturally designed studio of Fay Looney MNZM (www.faylooney.com), coinciding with the relaunching of the Ōakura Arts Trail. Two years on, Fay offered free gallery space to local artists to exhibit during Taranaki’s renowned Garden Festival week. The success of this collaboration resulted in Koru on Koru earning “Place of Interest” status in the Annual Fringe Festival Garden & Art Trails.
The Koru team had grown to approximately 20 artists. In 2018, Shaun & Marie Grace gifted space to the collaboration in New Plymouth’s CBD. Koru on Devon opened with great success, and carried on until the sale of the premises 10 months later. The Koru collective had by now grown considerably.
David and Wayne Brownson (Brownson’s Jewellers) generously gifted the balance of their lease (14 months) to Fay for the Koru collective to create the current large gallery space, which is in the cultural hub of the City.
Koru Galleries has now become home to approximately 50 artists, predominantly based in Taranaki. The Gallery is recognised as a destination for New Zealand art lovers and investors with strong support from local buyers.
To date, Koru Galleries have hosted an extraordinary range of exhibitions including shows by Michael Smither, Delecia Sampero, Darcy Nicholas, Simon Kerr, Linda McFetridge, Kupenga Stone Sculpture Society and Tony Rumball, just to name a few.
After a successful beginning due to the generosity of our sponsors, Koru now operates as a non-profit Incorporated society with the help of volunteers and friends of the gallery, Management is still undertaken by Fay Looney with curation by Linda McFetridge and graphic design by Ché Rogers.
Long may our story continue…
Koru Galleries are grateful for the support from:
Shaun & Marie Grace
David & Wayne Brownson (Brownson’s Jewellers)
Tim Coleman Billings Lawyers
Stephen Eichstadt Vanburwray Accountants
Our Art loving buyers
Our contributing artists and a team of volunteers and friends of the gallery