About Stoddart Cottage

Stoddart CottageThe birthplace of one of New Zealand’s foremost 19th century artists, Margaret Stoddart, the cottage is situated at Stoddart Point, Diamond Harbour.

The cottage is owned by Christchurch City Council and leased to the Stoddart Cottage Trust.

The cottage is open to the public 10am to 4pm each Saturday, Sunday, public holidays and at other times by arrangement.

Exhibitions by local artists change monthly.

The Cottage is available to hire for exhibitions, meetings and events.

For enquiries and bookings contact Paula Smith on 027 2413772, (03) 329 4445 or famvanbeynen@snap.net.nz.
The contact for the Stoddart Cottage Trust is Secretary on (03) 329 3006 colyernoble@xtra.co.nz.

Ewing and Brocklebank: Two Ways of Seeing

Natural History and Landscape Art from Banks Peninsula and Beyond – 5 to 28 January 2018

Stoddart Cottage Gallery is open Fridays, Saturdays, Sundays and most Public Holidays from 10am to 4pm
(or by arrangement, phone 03 3294 445 or 027 2413772).


Jo Ewing is well-known as one of New Zealand’s best botanical artists. Recently she expanded into natural history painting to record the vital relationships between native plants and insects.

Growing up near Lake Taupo, Jo Ewing developed an early appreciation and knowledge of native flora and fauna. After four years studying graphic and industrial design at the Design School in Wellington she worked as a landscape designer. During a trip to England in 1987 she completed a short course learning the art of botanical illustration. For the next 30 years she worked as a botanical painter, usually in watercolour.

Working with a botanist and an entomologist, Jo now seeks to encourage people to really look at and value the sometimes tiny and overlooked treasures of our endemic flora and fauna.

“My aim as an artist is to serve both science and art; to ensure scientific accuracy, while also capturing the “spirit” of the subject on the page. I wish to show and share with the viewer the endless, ephemeral beauty and minutiae of the natural world, hopefully helping to foster a greater understanding and appreciation.”

All works exhibited are for sale including some of Jo Ewing’s original watercolours.


After graduating with a Diploma of Fine Arts from the Ilam School of Fine Arts, Paul Brocklebank travelled to England and worked as a scenery painter for some of the great London theatre art studios including Covent Garden Opera House. He also worked as a scenic artist at the BBC 2 television studio in Glasgow.

In 1967 he was appointed Senior Artist for the Australian Broadcasting Commission TV, where he worked for over 30 years painting sets and scenery for every major ABC TV production. The work varied from painting huge backcloths with rollers to picking out detail with a fine sable brush on tiny miniatures, and also included carving and sculpture as required.

Paul Brocklebank has always enjoyed painting outdoors. He came regularly to Lyttelton Harbour for holidays where he painted local scenes first with watercolour and later with pastel, oil and acrylic. Original works and prints are on display and all are for sale at very reasonable prices.

December Exhibition: The Best of Local Craft and Art

This month at Stoddart Cottage Gallery the craft co-operative has spilled out of the back room and our main gallery is filled with art and craft. Local crafters and artists have some of their best work on display.
Some works are too highly valued by their creators to be sold, but many things are for sale, including lots of Christmassy decorative objects.
If you are looking for a unique gift with a local connection visit Stoddart Cottage any Friday, Saturday or Sunday or any public holiday (except Christmas Day itself) between 10am and 4pm and have a look around.



Margaret Stoddart’s Work at Canterbury Museum

Margaret StoddartCanterbury Museum cares for a large collection of botanical studies and landscapes by renowned local artist, Margaret Olrog Stoddart. The daughter of an early Canterbury settler, Margaret was born in 1865 in Stoddart Cottage, Diamond Harbour and later lived in Godley House.
View Margaret Stoddart’s Work on the Canterbury Museum website.



Mirror Mirror starts today at Stoddart Cottage Gallery!

Local artist Frances graduated with a Bachelor of Fine Arts from the University of Canterbury in 2005, majoring in painting. Her work is informed by poster artists such as Toulouse Lautrec and Arts and Craft artists such as William Morris. It encompasses decorative art and design elements. This exhibition of mainly portraits showcases Frances’s exploration into the idea of self and how we are seen by others.

Check out Frances’s richly coloured portraits and look around the oldest house in Diamond Harbour, the birthplace of Margaret Stoddart.

Free entry.




Stoddart Cottage is open to the public every Saturday and Sunday from 10 am to 4 pm.