Bunker Notes is the Gallery's blog, written by some curators, a librarian, an editor, an administrator and anyone else who wants to get involved.
It's Shakespeare's birthday
So here are some Shakespeare items from our collection
To those visiting or staying in Christchurch this Easter, we'd love to see you at our two offsite exhibition spaces which are both open 10am to 4pm from Good Friday to Easter Monday.
Wish You Were Here
We've had our own crowdfunding success on Boosted in the past, raising money for our Outer Spaces exhibition programme, but now Christchurch-based artist Julia Holden is looking for help to send a supersized version of one of her 'portraits' of post-quake Christchurch to Auckland - and she only has one day left to make the target!
Homage or plagiarism?
A guest blog from Auckland curator and art historian Jane Davidson-Ladd on a discovery that resulted from her research into Louis John Steele.
Toss Woollaston born this day
Sir Toss Woollaston (1910-98) seldom painted urban landscape, and is best known for his characteristically energetic, atmospheric fusion of natural earth, water and sky. Greymouth with Tower is one of a small number of paintings dating from the 1950s painted from the elevated vantage point of his Greymouth home.
Statute of Anne
On this day in 1710 the Statute of Anne received Royal Assent, establishing many of the principles of copyright that are still with us today.
Apparently "storeroom" is the magic word that will draw Registrars and Collection Managers like moths to a flame, to use a slightly inappropriate figure of speech. Neither moths nor flames are generally permitted in our storerooms, unless they are of the more symbolic kind.
Seek Stillness in Movement
If you've forgotten what exactly a 'hectic city-scape' looks like, head down to our space at 209 Tuam Street from this Saturday.
Sara Hughes in Cathedral Square
Sara Hughes's spectacular flag wall in Cathedral Square was brought to completion this week...
30 years ago today...
...Bill Sutton was in the Boboli Gardens in Florence where he painted this exquisite arrangement of wild flowers.
From First Aid to Favourite Art
For the safety of our visitors, it is a requirement that the Gallery's permanent Visitor Services staff have a current First Aid certificate, so I recently attended a day's training at Red Cross to revalidate mine.
What You're Saying About Burster Flipper
Positive, bright, colourful, fun and stunning are words that our audiences are using to describe our current ArtBox exhibition Burster Flipper Wobbler Dripper Spinner Stacker Shaker Maker. Here are some comments from our visitors book:
Art Bites are Back!
Art Bites were always a popular offering at the Gallery, so we've brought them back. And like most things in post-quake Christchurch, they're the same but different.