About The Little Gallery

Coromandel’s Famous Art Gallery – The Little Gallery

Art is personal and no one understands that more than The Little Gallery owner Sarah Holden. Located in Tairua, a picturesque town in the Coromandel, The Little Gallery has been under Sarah’s capable guidance since 2013. A lover of abstract and impressionist modern art and a past student of art history, Sarah manages the art gallery as a co-operative with talented local and New Zealand artists.

Sarah’s mother Paula McNeill is the gallery’s curator and exhibits work herself in The Little Gallery. Both ladies also work together with local exhibiting artists who volunteer their time to support and operate the gallery on a day to day basis. Visitors to the gallery therefore have the opportunity to discuss the artwork directly with the artist who created it, opening up an opportunity to achieve levels of understanding regarding subject, material and technique decisions not normally afforded art lovers.

Local Coromandel Artists Shine at The Little Gallery

Sarah prides herself on exhibiting artists which have a local Coromandel connection and whose art demonstrates a high level of skill. With around 80-90% of all artwork displayed at the gallery by artists who have a strong relationship with the Coromandel, it is obvious that many take their inspiration from the local area. The remainder of the work is from niche artists who provide pieces unavailable from our local artists and who compliment the high quality and standard we provide at our gallery.

Proud to support local artists and give them an avenue to display their talents, Sarah herself might not be an artist, but her love for art is just as strong. She views the gallery as not just the perfect space to display works of art, but also as an intriguing destination for the many tourists who visit Tairua and the rest of the Coromandel.

The Little Gallery organises around a number of art exhibitions each year. These are based around a theme due to the co-operative nature of the gallery with everyone’s work having equal importance. This provides visitors with the opportunity to experience many different types of art in one location and be able to identify with and love many.  We also provide opportunities to gain a deeper level of understanding about art through monthly talks, often led by the artists themselves. 

Another unique feature of this beautiful Coromandel art gallery is that they have art work created with multiple mediums displayed at the same time. Sculptures blend effortlessly with paintings, while jewellery mingles with prints and glass art with pottery. A visit to our gallery is quite the opposite of the standard white walls and plenty of room around displays, ensuring it is an experience never to be forgotten.
We’d love to show you around The Little Gallery and let you discover for yourself the amazing talent of New Zealand artists.

We've had some great reviews on Trip Advisor!

[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!

"Great little spot"
[5 of 5 stars] Reviewed 3 January 2017

Set in the village where you have time to just look,and browse and enjoy the art was lovely. We loved all the art and were well looked after by the staff. Tairua have some lovely tourist stores to visit and so much to do with water sports and eateries. But we much enjoy our visit to the Little Gallery.

[3 of 5 stars] Reviewed 3 October 2016

Small cosy venue with very friendly and informative artist on duty. Art work of high standard. We were impressed. Would recommend a visit and a purchase.