Attorney-General Christopher Finlayson to open building

The Ashburton Art Gallery and Heritage Centre will be officially opened on Saturday 14 February by Attorney-General Christopher Finlayson.

It will be Mr Finlayson's second visit to the centre. In April he toured the building in his role as Minister of Arts, Culture and Heritage and although it was still under construction he was impressed with the facility and the services it will provide the community.

Mr Finlayson says he is very much looking forward to the official opening of the new Ashburton Art Gallery and Heritage Centre on 14 February.

"It is the culmination of a lot of work by a number of dedicated people over a long period. It is going to be a brilliant attraction and facility for Ashburton and the wider region."

Mayor Angus McKay says he is delighted Mr Finlayson accepted the invitation to open the centre.

"His enthusiasm for the project during his last visit was a much-needed boost for all involved and his subsequent signing off on the $1.1 million grant from the Regional Museums Fund has really put this facility on the map in terms of its importance to our community and the wider Canterbury region."

As well as housing the art gallery and museum, the centre includes a district archive and the Ashburton Family History Group. This brings together the district's cultural and heritage collections, displays, information and expertise into a single purpose-built space.

The centre also features a dedicated education space that will enable both the art gallery and museum to offer a range of education and information services for schools and the wider community.

Mayor McKay says the aim of the project has been to bring together these important services, to have a place where the district's history and culture can be looked after and provide the community with interesting and stimulating exhibitions.

"Having seen the quality of the museum's new permanent display and the exhibitions planned by the gallery I can assure everyone that both locals and visitors alike will be really impressed by what we have managed to create here.

"The art gallery and heritage centre is an investment in our future. It will be the heart of knowledge and learning for the district and I can't wait for it to open so we can all start enjoying it," says Mayor McKay. 

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