A taste of the wild in Wellington’s CBD

 —  03/05/2010

If you’re in central Wellington over the next couple of weeks then we invite you to check out a photo exhibition by Sam O’Leary in the foyer at Conservation House.

A wee while back, DOC hosted an exhibition of work from Massey University called Surplus & Creativity in the foyer at our National Office, (Conservation House) in Manners St, Wellington. The exhibition got some great feedback from both the public and staff, and so we thought it would be a good idea to showcase some more local art in that space. 

Exhibition of photography currently at Conservation House.

My colleague Sam O’Leary works in our award winning Web Team, he does his best to maintain this blog and our national Spokesbird’s presence on Twitter. He also takes photos, and this is what our latest exhibition is of.

Sam takes photos of mostly native New Zealand. Birds, landscapes, reptiles and plants are all common subjects. Sam is hanging around twenty different images in the foyer here, and we’d like to invite you all to come on down and check it out.

View of the foyer in Conservation House.

Our Director-General, Al Morrison likes the idea of us using our foyer space in different ways, “Sam O’Leary’s splendid photographs confirm what a great use of public space it is to be showing in our foyer the work of artists who celebrate conservation. This is the second exhibition held and I hope one of many to come. It draws people to our place and makes it their place. It is another way of engaging the community in conservation.”

Al’s comments are also backed-up by Dave Alcock, DOC’s Business Services Unit Manager, “From my perspective, it is important that we use our public space in a way that draws the public into “our world”. What is even more special is when one of our own staff like Sam O’Leary who has a real talent, gets to exhibit his work. Who’s next please?”

Some of the pictures hanging in Conservation House.

Conservation House foyer is at 18-32 Manners St in Wellington CBD and it’s open from 8:30am-5pm, Monday to Friday. Sam’s exhibition finishes on Friday 14 May so we look forward to seeing you soon.

2 responses to A taste of the wild in Wellington’s CBD


    Good on you Sam!!! some beautiful pictures there of some of our most precious natural heritage – wish i’d been able to see the exhibition, but the pics look great! way to inspire visitors to Conservation House. Extremely stoked for you. Nicola


      Hey cheers Nic! Pretty stoked with how it’s going, hope some people come and check them out by next Fridee, Ill also be interested to see what goes up next. Good times.