About The Little Gallery


Coromandel’s Famous Contemporary Art Gallery: The Little Gallery

Art is personal and no one understands that more than The Little Gallery owner Sarah Holden. A lover of abstract and impressionist modern art and a past student of art history, Sarah manages the gallery as a co-operative with a team of local Coromandel and New Zealand artists. Under Sarah’s capable guidance since 2013, The Little Gallery Tairua has gained a strong reputation as a leading contemporary art gallery and a must-see cultural destination in the picturesque Coromandel.

With the opening of a second branch in Whangamata in November 2017, The Little Gallery continues to offer a diverse, ever-changing range of modern paintings, prints, sculptures, jewellery and more in a new corner of the Coromandel. Operated on the same co-operative basis as The Little Gallery Tairua, art lovers are afforded the unique opportunity to meet local artists and achieve new levels of understanding of the works exhibited from a first-hand perspective.

The Little Gallery is proud to represent a stable of over 50 established New Zealand artists and showcase the diversity of Coromandel talent. With the vast majority of exhibited artwork by local Coromandel artists or those with a strong affiliation to the region, a visit to the gallery offers a smorgasbord of distinctly Coromandel delights; a creative experience never to be forgotten.

Members of the gallery's volunteer team include artists Paula McNeill (head curator), Tina Carey, Liz Hart, Jude Elliot, Kay de Blaauw, Dhyana Muir, and Kate Hill in Tairua, as well as Joanne Mahoney, Bernie Ross, Lynne Robinson, Mardi O’Shea, Sue Jamieson, Kate Jones Madill, and Linda Bigge in Whangamata.

Each year the gallery hosts a number of group exhibitions and events, enabling art lovers to engage with artists and artworks on a more personal basis. With new artworks arriving every week and exhibitions rotating regularly, there is something for everyone and always something new to see.

We would love to show you around The Little Gallery and let you discover for yourself the remarkable talent of New Zealand artists – visit us in Tairua or Whangamata today!

We've had some great reviews on TripAdvisor!

"A must to visit"
[5 of 5 stars] Reviewed 24 February 2018

We visit here every time we are in Tairua. Stock turnover is great - so there is always something new to see.

"Worth going to"
[5 of 5 stars] Reviewed 7 January 2018

Lovely little gallery, run by a range of local artists and features art from the Coromandel area. You will find individual pieces, not mass produced artwork at a range of prices to suit all pockets. I could not resist a purchase. 

[4 of 5 stars] Reviewed 7 October 2017

This gallery is small but inspiring. The exhibitions are constantly changing and many of the works are from local artists. As well as paintings there are also pottery, books and glass works.

"A hidden gem!"
[5 of 5 stars] Reviewed 4 April 2017

It would be easy to miss this little gallery but it was well worth a visit. Lovely art works at reasonable prices, I couldn't resist a purchase!