There are two designated exhibition spaces within Parliament: Bowen House level 1 outer foyer and Parliament House Ground Floor foyer. The exhibition spaces feature rotating programmes of art exhibitions and historical displays.  

Bowen House Exhibition Space

Our exhibitions in the Bowen House Exhibition Space offer a unique opportunity for artists to showcase their work at Parliament – you don’t need to be a professional artist to exhibit.

Current and recent exhibitions

Exhibition dates Title Exhibitors
24/8/16 - 30/9/16 Stitches in Time - A Celebration of 50 years of the Wellington Embroiders' guild Wellington Embroiders' Guild
7/7/16 - 19/8/16 ‘Ashken / Drawbridge / Lindsay / Wild
A collection of artworks by the family of John Drawbridge
1/6/16 - 1/7/16 New Brighton Regeneration 27 Artists from the New Brighton Art Gallery Christchurch East
5/4/16 - 6/5/16 The art of embroidery  City and Guild Diploma Graduating Students

Opening hours

Open to the public every Wednesday to Friday, 10am to 3pm. To organise a viewing beyond these hours an appointment can be made by emailing the Displays and Collection team

Location of the exhibition space

Located on Level 1, Bowen House, access from 70/84 Lambton Quay or Bowen Street.

Who can show their art at Parliament?

The exhibitions present a wide range of media created by artists of all ages and backgrounds, from a variety of nationwide community arts groups, organisations and institutions.

The exhibition space located in Bowen House provides a traditional gallery space that is available to group exhibitions on a four to six week cycle.

Booking your exhibition

Exhibitions are booked months in advance and are subject to a request and approval process:

  • A member of Parliament is required to host the exhibition
  • Endorsement of the Artworks Committee
  • Approval from the Speaker

Need help?

If you have an exhibition proposal for the Bowen House Exhibition Space please email the Displays and Collection team or telephone the Displays and Collection Coordinator, on (04) 817 9036.