The Winterstellar Exhibition 2020 was a collection of art works celebrating the night skies which ran at Central Stories Museum and Gallery in Alexandra, Central Otago from 6th July to 28th August 2020.

The exhibition included the works of 12 Otago based artists and featured photographic prints on various mediums and a large HD digital installation.

Winterstellar 2020 promotional video

Winterstellar is an exhibition of Astrophotography and Videography

Winterstellar is an exhibition of astrophotography and videography. It is about SPACE, the stars and what we see from our place amongst them.

In CENTRAL OTAGO we are blessed. Our climate gives us many clear nights. Our sparse population means there is little light pollution. The Southern Hemisphere is the best place to see the Galactic Core, the heart of our galaxy – the Milky Way. We are close enough to the pole to see the Aurora Australis or Southern Lights. 

However, this exhibition is also very much about TIME. We celebrate Matariki – the Maori new year, a time to reflect on what has passed and rejoice in new beginnings. We also embrace a new start post lockdown. Time seemed to stand still, the Alexandra clock stopped, its light extinguished and people saw the world in real time.

Winterstellar shares photographic works by both experienced photographers and those just starting out. These stunning images are a compression of time showing much more than can be seen with the naked eye. More stars, more colour. Time Lapse MOVIES in the exhibition are a combination of thousands of ultra high definition snapshots of time captured over hours.

See the movement of the stars across the stunning landscapes of Central Otago in ways you have never seen before.

This is Winterstellar 2020

Andy Davey

Exhibition Opening 17th July

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Visitor Feedback

There was no precise visitor data collected and the total visitor number would have been severely effected by the museum decision not to open for weekends while the exhibition ran.

However, we received lots of positive feedback from the community. Many people returned to visit the exhibition multiple times. Here’s a sample from the Visitor Book.

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Winterstellar 2020 Exhibitors

Simon Williams - Second Public School
Simon Williams

Freelance photographer, educator, environmentalist and father, Simon Williams has been involved in digital design and imaging for the last 25 years. Over the course of the last decade he has turned hi…

Nuns Veil Night - Cory Marshall
Cory Marshall

Cory Marshall is a landscape photographer based in Wanaka, New Zealand. Originally from California, Cory and his wife Kelly relocated to Wanaka in 2017. Cory’s work focuses on stunning natural l…

Stephen Patience Photography
Stephen Patience

Stephen Patience is a renowned photographer who has twice been a ‘winner’ for time-lapse in the New Zealand Geographic Photographer of the Year.  Stephen has been engaged to produce time-lapse for TV …

Vicky Bowman Photography
Vicky Bowman

Vicky lives and works out of Omakau, Central Otago. Her journey with photography began in 1995 and she has been practising seriously for the past 5 years. Vicky is particularly keen on landscape photo…

Lauderdale Tractor by John Ecksmann
John Ecksmann

John is a Becks based photographer, videographer, and manufacturer of souvenir products. He arrived in Central Otago 8 years ago on a short holiday and never left. John says, “I was so blown away with…

Photo by Brendon Pearson
Brendon Pearson

Brendon Pearson has been based in Cromwell for the past 5 years and is originally from Dunedin. Photography has been a passion of mine for over ten years and I have always been fascinated by the Milky…

Jamie Ryan
Jamie Ryan

Jamie is based in Dunedin and enjoys landscape and astro-photography, the challenge of capturing what the eye can’t easily see. He took up photography while at university 30 years ago, in the da…

Paul Bishop
Paul Bishop

Hi. I’m Paul and I will be your guide on a Naseby night sky tour. Originally from England, I emigrated to New Zealand in 2003, settling down in Mosgiel, near Dunedin. My interest in astronomy began wi…

Light in the darkness - Gareth Hodges
Gareth Hodges

Gareth is a Secondary Maths Teacher at Mt Aspiring College and Amateur Photographer. He has been learning the art of Astrophotography for the last 5 years and moved to Wanaka 2 1/2 years ago. Gareth i…

Smoky nights - Leeanne Jenkins
Leeanne Jenkins

I have only been taking photos as a hobby now for the last 4 years, since Covid 19 my photography has improved incredibly, I thank my husband Blair for being my driver and support at night when I won&…

Andy Davey Photography
Andy Davey

COO of Winterstellar Charitable Trust by day, astro-photographer by night. Co-curator of the Winterstellar Exhibition and part of the organisation team for the 2022 Winterstellar Exhibition and suppor…

Winterstellar Exhibition 2020 Supporters

Cicada Websites & Media
Cicada Websites and Media

Website, E-commerce and Media creation. Andy Davey and Cicada Limited have been providing web and data solutions for over 20 years. Recent projects include Winterstellar, Central Stories Museum E-comm…

Alexandra New World
Alexandra New World

Huge thanks to Alexandra New World for their support of the Winterstellar Exhibition opening event.

3 Miners Vineyard
3 Miners Wines

Thank you to 3 Miners Wines for support for our opening event. Find out more about this award winning local vineyard here:

Radio Central
Radio Central

Thanks to Shane and Hayden from Radio Central for their excellent sound recording work and help with the promotion of the Winterstellar Exhibition.

Paul Le Comte
Five 15 Design

Big thanks to Paul Le Comte at Five 15 Design for the cool Winterstellar Logo design. Paul is a Dunedin based professional graphic design artist, as well as an excellent photographer.

Central Appliance Plus
Central Appliance Plus

Big thanks to John at Central Appliance Plus for loaning us a huuuge 75″ 4K TV for displaying the awesome video works of Stephen Patience and John Ecksmann amongst other digital displays in the …

Greg Bodeker
Thank You Greg Bodeker

Welcome Greg Bodeker to our growing list of supporters for our Winterstellar 2020 Exhibition. Thank You.

Central Lakes Trust

Huge thanks to Central Lakes Trust for their support.