Opening Times

We are open ONLY during Exhibitions:

Wednesday/Thursday/Friday 12-4pm

Saturday/Sunday 10am-4pm


About Us

An 1880s heritage building, the Tin Palace was named to honour its corrugated iron cladding and its strength during the 2010/2011 earthquakes, as it remained standing while others on the block crumbled. At once a dressmaking studio, and a vintage shop, the Tin Palace in Lyttelton is currently an art space run by the Harbour Arts Collective. Monthly shows present the work of emerging and established artists from the Lyttelton Harbour and beyond. Our art space creates a professional and welcoming venue for artists to display and share their work with the community and its visitors.

Our Support

If it weren’t for the generous support of many, the Tin Palace would not be a reality. Thank you to all of those that have helped and continue to help along the way.

Creative Communities NZ – Major funding

Lyttelton Harbour Business Association – A Sony Cyber-Shot camera and A3 colour printer

Eclipse and Steep: 20 – 30th May 2015
The Bone LineĀ Wiapara West – Wine at opening
Volcano Cafe – Olives at opening

Through the Glass Ceiling: 8th March – 10th May 2015
Rotary Neighbourhood Project – $2100 towards installation costs and Women’s Refuge written information
Lions Club of Lyttelton – Contribution to promotion costs
Lyttelton Museum – Contribution to promotion costs

Once Upon A Time: 12th February – 1st March 2015
Wiapara West – Wine at opening
The Cake Eating Company – Hot chocolate and marshmallows for programmes

Summer Workshops: January 2015
Mitre 10 Ferrymead – MDF board for Street Art Workshop

In Miniature: 4-21 December 2014
Civil and Naval – Miniature wines at opening
The Cake Eating Company – Delicious sweet treats at opening

Earthen: 20 – 30 November 2014
Wiapara West – The Bone Line wines at opening
Volcano Cafe – Scrumptious olives at opening
Nama – Platters of sushi at opening

Tin Palace mural
Hamptons ITM: six sheets of ply towards our new mural