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.
During our recent collection shift - in which all of the Gallery's treasures were returned to their rightful, refurbished homes, we took the opportunity to assemble and photograph a work which has made its way into our collection post quake.
The Word Christchurch Writers and Readers Festival 2014 was held over the weekend and featured many fascinating events, and Christchurch Art Gallery was proud to be an associated partner for some of these.
James Robinson's Set Fire To Self - Drown 4 entered the collection almost a decade or so ago, and the prolific Dunedin artist has gone on to win the Wallace Art Awards and produce a huge body of work since.
For those of you who got to see the De-Building exhibition way back in 2011, for the few weeks it was on display before the earthquakes, you may remember a wonderful piece by Pierre Huyghe, in which concentric rings revealed various layers of paint below the walls surface, a kind of archaelogical exploration of the gallery's exhibition history.