The Kreisler Family Home on Pendarves Street, New Plymouth, Taranaki. 1984.

The Kreisler Family Home on Pendarves Street, New Plymouth, Taranaki. 1984.

From small downtown New Plymouth gallery to the walls of Melbourne, the Kreisler Gallery legacy has come full circle - back to the family home where three brothers were lovingly raised by Tom and Lesley…

Lesley Kreisler opened her Gallery in 1989 and initially ran exhibitions from the Kreisler families front rooms on Pendarves street, New Plymouth, Taranaki.

She gave space to, supported and inspired a vibrant and eclectic community. Showing the best and at times, the most controversial work Artists in New Zealand had to offer. She did so with the support of her husband Tom Kreisler, over three solid decades of hard won history. Together they raised three sons, Nick, Aaron and Eugene.

With business thriving, The Lesley Kreisler Gallery was formed in the upstairs of 14 Gill St, opposite concrete atrocity - Centre City. In stark contrast to it’s neighbouring building, The Kreisler Gallery had historic wooden half steps leading to a well lit and executed space. Artists that Lesley worked with over the years included: Ralph Hotere, Dick Frizzell, Don Peebles, Francis Upritchard, Gordon Walters, Chris Heaphy, Simon Morris, Seraphine Pick, Richard Parker, Peter Peryer, Lawrence Aberhart, Riduan Tomkins, Julia Morrison, Janet Lawrence, Ronnie Van Hout, Tony De Latour, Paul Hartigan, Phillipa Blair, Gretchen Albrecht, not to mention her husband Tom, and son Eugene.

This year (2019) the gallery was dis-established on Gill Street. After many years living and working in Taranaki, contributing greatly to the arts community in New Plymouth, Lesley has relocated to Diamond Harbour, Christchurch. A full circle back to her home town and the place where she met her husband Tom.

There she can be nearer to her son Aaron (Head of Ilam Art School), her two young grandchildren, and continue to support the gallery in an advisory role.

Her eldest son Nick has recently returned from Sydney, Australia. where he had lived for the past two decades. He established and ran his own gallery, Kreisler Gallery, in Melbourne over a five year period. Nick has worked with many artists and leading galleries in Australia as both gallery owner and photographer. These include The National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne Museum, Rex Livingston Gallery, Blak Dot Gallery, The Counihan Gallery, Mossgreen, Darren Knight Gallery, Art Gallery of NSW, State Library of NSW, Australian Design Centre, Museum of Contemporary Art Sydney, MENZIES Art Brands, Pace Gallery…

Nick will be heading the Kreisler Gallery:


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Nāu te rourou, nāku te rourou, ka ora ai te iwi

With your food basket and my food basket the people will thrive

This whakatauki talks to community, to collaboration and a strengths-based approach. It acknowledges that everybody has something to offer, a piece of the puzzle, and by working together we can all flourish.

Aaron at The Lesley Kreisler Gallery on Gill Street 2019

Preparing artworks for removal to The Kreisler Gallery’s new premises 2019.