The Suter team celebrate the gallery’s 120th birthday. Photo: Supplied.

Suter celebrates birthday


To celebrate 120 years since it opened, the Suter Art Gallery is having a birthday party this weekend.

The public open day is on this Saturday, 5 October from 10.30am and visitors will be served birthday cake and cups of tea.

There are also limited places on a revealing ‘behind the scenes’ tour, which departs at midday for only $20 per person or $15 for Friends of The Suter.

And, as a birthday gift to art lovers, at 2pm there will be some feature floor from the Suter’s curator, educator and director.

The Suter Memorial Art Gallery was opened in 1899 as a memorial to the second Bishop of Nelson, Andrew Burn Suter.

Bishop Suter and his wife Amelia travelled to Nelson in 1867 and in addition to his official duties, the Bishop established the Bishopdale Sketching Club, now the Nelson Suter Arts Society.

It is three years since The Suter Art Gallery reopened after an extensive $12 million redevelopment project, which shows the beautiful early architectural features while still incorporating 21st century elements.

New galleries were added, along with an education room and enhanced storage facilities and staff work areas.