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.
Today is the birthday of painter, printer, sculptor and caricaturist Honoré Daumier (1808-1879)
Hard to believe two years have already gone by since the passing of Ralph Hotere on 24th February 2013. Unlike many public galleries around the country at the time of his passing Christchurch Art Gallery was frustratingly unable to display any works by Ralph from the collection due to our ongoing closure.
Sisters Growing Up in Christchurch
Since the exhibition David Cook: Meet Me in the Square opened at 209 Tuam Street, the Gallery's Visitor Hosts have spoken to several people who either appear in the photographs themselves or have a personal story to share about a particular photograph in the show.
Another six years of the Press have been digitised thanks to the National Library and Christchurch City Libraries
Back to the future
Walking through St Albans the other morning I had one of those 'wrinkle in time' moments that post-quake Christchurch is getting so good at.
The best kind of re-gifting
It's Valentine's Day, when tradition dictates that husbands all over the country detour to the service station on the way home for that last-minute box of chocolates*. If, however, you're considering pushing the boat out this year, you might consider the example of William Raworth.
Castles in the Sand
The 4th Annual New Zealand Sandcastle Competition took place last weekend at New Brighton Beach, and a couple of the creations made me take a quick peek through the Gallery's collection for some equally fine examples.
The Arts in Oxford Gallery was filled to bursting late last month as locals and visitors gathered to celebrate the first five years of the gallery's operation.
Meet me at 209 Tuam Street
David Cook: Meet Me in the Square has already attracted almost 400 visitors in its first few days. Here are some comments to share from our visitors' book:
MEET ME 30 YEARS LATER
David Cook catches up with someone that he hadn't seen for a while, shortly after his excellent floor talk at Meet Me in the Square on Saturday morning, the first day of the exhibition.
Stuck in enemy territory
One hundred years ago today, The Press carried this amazing story of Mina Arndt and her sister becoming stuck in Germany.
E Waru Reo Ki Kawatea
I first encountered Wellington based musician, composer, and producer Alistair Fraser via The Woolshed Sessions, a project he was involved with five or six years ago.
White Water Falls
English artist Richard Long's White Water Falls (2012) in Sydney is really worth a look. It's a fantastic surprise in the stairwell atrium of the Kinghorn Cancer Centre in Darlinghurst (370 Victoria Street). It's not a place we'd normally go to view art, but totally rewarding - I was so pleased to be told about it when I was close by!
Return of the Hand
Passing by the desk of Gallery educator Bianca van Leeuwen last week, I was intrigued by an arrangement of plaster hands being prepared for an outreach classroom activity about composition and colour.
Don't miss seeing Paul Johns' exhibition at 209 Tuam Street (above C1 cafe and Alice's) – the last day is this Sunday.