Everyone to Altitude

Late on a mild spring afternoon in mid-September, I travelled out of the city to a farm paddock somewhere up the line near Amberley, up front in a battered van carrying six drone pilots and their gear. The sun was low in the sky and Ōtautahi was framed in an arch of nor’west clouds. It was the first fine day in weeks.

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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.

Artist interview
Power Play

Power Play

In November 2017, Simon Denny’s The Founder’s Paradox opened at Michael Lett Gallery in Auckland, the first solo exhibition Denny had made specifically for New Zealand audiences in several years. His starting point for the project was local: the news, broken by New Zealand Herald journalist Matt Nippert in early 2017, that the billionaire tech investor and Donald Trump supporter Peter Thiel was in fact a New Zealand citizen.

Supporter
Monica Ryan

Monica Ryan
Christchurch Art Gallery Foundation

I grew up with an interest in art and this interest was accelerated through my early involvement in a special and well informed art group. One of my favourite pieces is Fanfare by Neil Dawson, particularly when it is lit up or glistening in the sun. It creates a dynamic entrance to Christchurch. I joined the board in 2008 and especially enjoy being involved in the art community in Christchurch and contributing in a real way. Working with like-minded people in the city.

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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
Gordon Walters: New Vision

Gordon Walters: New Vision

Remembered especially for his Koru or Pītau series, Gordon Walters’s explorations into modernist abstract painting are invested with a distinctly South Pacific energy.

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Making the ordinary extra ordinary

Making the ordinary extra ordinary

Take yourself on a flight of fancy with Jess Johnson and Simon Ward’s latest artist project. Be in to win flights and accommodation for you and three mates to Singapore, thanks to Singapore Airlines. To be in to win, just visit the Gallery and take a photo in our custom Jess Johnson designed selfie booth (located in the Bayleys Knight Frank Foyer).

Collection
The Shooting Gallery
Judy Millar The Shooting Gallery

The tactile, expressive qualities of paint are an important part of Judy Millar’s work. She applies colour onto the canvas using a combination of brushes, rags and her hands. Then, by ‘un-painting’ the surface, erasing and wiping paint, she creates broad, sweeping marks and bands of colour.

Millar’s paintings show her interest in the physicality of mark-making. A particular palette of colour is employed and certain movements chosen to provide different effects. The Shooting Gallery is a three-dimensional exploration of the picture plane. Millar says, “The joy and charm of painting for me is the illusion and virtual space that it sets up… a completely dismantled kind of shimmering, hovering one.”

Millar is a full-time artist. In 2003 she was the Dunedin Public Art Gallery artist in residence, and in 2002 she won the Wallace Art Award. She has exhibited widely within New Zealand and internationally. Recently, she has been chosen to represent New Zealand at the 2009 Venice Biennale.

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Introducing... Limited edition art-wine and art-beer

Introducing... Limited edition art-wine and art-beer

Don't you love it when your two favourite things come together?

Exhibition
Trusttum: Just a Glimpse

Trusttum: Just a Glimpse

Exuberant and boisterous, these large paintings by Philip Trusttum will lift the spirits

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