Julia Morison Headcase, 43 2015. Glazed stoneware. Courtesy of the artist

Julia Morison Headcase, 43 2015. Glazed stoneware. Courtesy of the artist

Accidents and Variations

Lara Strongman: Let’s talk about the process of making the works for this exhibition. Can you describe how you produced them?

Julia Morison: I’ve never actually made ceramics before. I read Edmund de Waal’s The Hare with Amber Eyes, which is about a netsuke set that is passed through several generations. De Waal is a ceramicist and he talks in this book about objects and porcelain in such a visceral way—basically he seduced me into picking up a ball of clay and playing with it. For a long time I haven’t had the use of my hands [because of arthritis], so I thought that playing with clay might actually help strengthen them.

Continued
Notes
A is for Abstract...

A is for Abstract...

Jairus, Hault, Murtaza, Acacia, Jessica, Peteseta, Brook and Aiyanna from Bishopdale Primary School brought their A-game to the Gallery last week when they came to see our show 'Gordon Walters: New Vision'.

Exhibition
William Wegman: Being Human

William Wegman: Being Human

The first and only New Zealand exhibition of American artist William Wegman’s photographic work

Notes
One Hand Loose

One Hand Loose

Smoking twin-guitar free-form skuzz, metronomic neo-Kraut vamping, or loose-limbed hayriding hootenanny? One hand Loose is all of the above and more.

Supporter
Simon Turcotte, Singapore Airlines New Zealand

Simon Turcotte, Singapore Airlines New Zealand
Gallery partner

The reopening of Christchurch Art Gallery was a tremendous milestone for the rebuilding and regeneration of Christchurch and we’re delighted to be supporting this landmark institution. The Gallery is for everyone – locals and visitors. We anticipate many of the visitors we bring to the region will include it on their itinerary. We’re proud to support art, artists, the Canterbury region and Christchurch Art Gallery, now and into the future.

Notes
Bishopdale School Rulez

Bishopdale School Rulez

These Year 6 students at Bishopdale Primary School have knocked it out of the park with their AMAZING glitter artworks from our new ART-TASTIC activity book.

Exhibition
Simon Denny: The Founder's Paradox

Simon Denny: The Founder's Paradox

The Founder’s Paradox uses gaming to reflect on competing political visions for New Zealand’s future.

Collection
Panier de Raisins
Henri Fantin-Latour Panier de Raisins

Although he exhibited alongside the Impressionist artists at the Salon de Refusés in 1863, Fantin-Latour was very much an academic painter who continues to be widely admired for his still-life paintings of flowers and fruit. He had a studio in Paris but would travel with his wife and fellow painter Victoria Dubourg to their country cottage at Buré in Lower Normandy during the summer months, where their garden provided a wide choice of flowers and fruit to paint. Fantin-Latour enjoyed painting in a studio environment, hence his liking of still-life subjects, where he had more control over conditions such as lighting and compositional arrangements. He once said he had “…a horror of movement, of animated scenes, and the difficulty of painting in the open air with the sun and the shade.”

(New Dawn Fades, November 2018)

Notes
Julie King, 1945–2018

Julie King, 1945–2018

It was with much sadness that the staff of Christchurch Art Gallery Te Puna o Waiwhetū heard of the sudden death of local art historian Julie King in early December. Julie had developed a close relationship with the Gallery over the years, not only as a curator, researcher, writer, speaker and key member of the Friends of Christchurch Art Gallery, but also as a regular visitor to exhibitions, talks and events.

Exhibition
Julia Morison: Head[case]

Julia Morison: Head[case]

An installation of seven small hexagonal rooms and 100 ceramic heads, each distinctly different from the next, by one of Ōtautahi Christchurch’s most inventive artists

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