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 Friday, Saturday, Sunday, most 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 027 632 9709, (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.

Stoddart Cottage Trust Annual Report: April 2017 – March 2018


Exhibition for August 2018

An exhibition of works by senior students from Diamond Harbour School, influenced by the life and art of impressionist painter Margaret Stoddart.

Back in May, students visited Stoddart Cottage, birthplace of New Zealand’s well known impressionist painter Margaret Stoddart. They learned about her life and times, the Stoddart family and about impressionism.

Their mission was to create an artwork which responded to what they saw on their visit, or to use their imagination to create art which was influenced in some way by Margaret Stoddart who spent her early childhood here among landscapes which later inspired some of her best known paintings.

Their work (which will be for sale) will be showing throughout August at Stoddart Cottage Gallery – Open 10am to 4pm every Friday, Saturday and Sunday, and public holidays.

Rowena Macgill

Featured Artist for August 2018

Rowena started out with weaving to explore the various ways of using her Gotland wool and fibre from four alpacas – but although she found it satisfying, it was also very technical and there was a lot of calculation involved so she soon found herself moving more towards felting

She says, “Felting is more like painting a picture…you move the colours around until you like the result.”

One of Rowena’s specialities is felted sheepskins which can be sofa throws, bed covers or pet cushions. She has also made two double bed mattress covers on commission which were enormous to start with due to the felt shrinking as it is made.

At the Cottage, Rowena has a wide range of felted goodies for sale; including brooches, slippers, scarves, hats, hot water bottle covers (brilliant for retaining heat overnight) felted soaps (a soap covered in its own felted flannel!) and her own creation of candle lanterns.
We also stock Rowena’s beautiful carded wool for spinning or needle felting and her hand dyed yarn in a rainbow of vibrant colours for potential knitting projects – especially good at this time of year.

Home from Home: Jane McCulla Ceramics

Exhibition for March 2018

Stoddart Cottage Gallery is open Fridays, Saturdays, Sundays from 10am to 4pm (or by arrangement, phone 027 632 9709 or 03 3294 445). The gallery will be open every day over Easter.

Northern Ireland-born ceramic artist Jane McCulla came to New Zealand ten years ago and now lives and works in Diamond Harbour. She graduated with first class honours in Fine and Applied Arts from the University of Ulster in 2006 and her work is now held in public and private collections around the world. Many of her hand-built ceramic pieces are explorations of human marks on the landscape and human vulnerability to the whims of nature. Patterns are inspired by ancient petroglyphs, geology and aerial photography of Earth.

The opening event for this exhibition is Saturday 3 March at 1pm. All welcome. Last day is Monday 2 April 2018.

Cynthia Muir from Takamatua

Exhibition for February 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).

Sea birds in flight are a favourite subject for artist Cynthia Muir, but all her paintings feature an animal of some kind.

Muir grew up in Hawaii and came to New Zealand in 2006 settling in Akaroa with her husband Tony. Together they now operate a successful marine wildlife

tour venture. Cynthia’s first painting was of her much-loved terrier Cara, and from there she progressed to

paint other birds and animals around her. “When I was driving the boat, I had the chance to see some really beautiful birds. These are the inspiration for some of the paintings in this exhibition”.

Most of the works in this exhibition are oil on canvas. Hand made prints are also available.

Last day for Cynthia Muir’s exhibition is Sunday 25 February.

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.