Felicity Milburn

Notes
Billy Apple (1935-2021)

Billy Apple (1935-2021)

Today we acknowledge with sadness the passing of Billy Apple (1935–2021), a senior figure in Aotearoa New Zealand art and frequent, valued collaborator with Christchurch Art Gallery Te Puna o Waiwhetū.

Exhibition

Reuben Paterson: The Golden Bearing

Share a moment of magic and possibility under glittering golden leaves.

Exhibition

Olivia Webb: Anthems of belonging

Songs of belonging, struggle and unconditional love in Aotearoa New Zealand.

Commentary
Te Wheke: Pathways Across Oceania

Te Wheke: Pathways Across Oceania

Every few years, the curatorial team at Christchurch Art Gallery Te Puna o Waiwhetū embarks on a major rehang of the first-floor collection area. It’s no small undertaking finding fresh ways to combine long-held, well-known works and new acquisitions, looking for combinations that will offer compelling viewing, immersive storytelling and intellectual engagement to our wide and evolving visitor base. This time, director Blair Jackson added another dimension to our task, challenging us to reimagine the physical orientation of the spaces to encourage visitors to interact with the architecture in a completely different way.

Exhibition

Kelcy Taratoa: Te Tāhū o ngā Maunga Tūmatakahuki

A vast painting by Kelcy Taratoa about how we are bound together.

Exhibition

Graham Bennett: Seeking a Balance

Highlights from a wide-ranging sculptural practice shaped by curiosity and connection.

Exhibition

Pauline Rhodes: Blue Mind

An immersive and open-ended sculptural response to colour and space.

Notes
Hemispheres

Hemispheres

I’ve had this little untitled sculpture by Clare Noonan on the same wall in my home for more than 15 years. It might even be the first thing I hung there, since we’ve had our house about that long. I bought it at a fundraiser for the High Street Project, and I’ve always loved it, for reasons I find hard to explain.  Sometimes, it suggests a new way to think about the world; in others, it feels like a reminder of something I already know.

Notes
Puta Noa I Te Ao / In the World

Puta Noa I Te Ao / In the World

Artists from Aotearoa New Zealand are often well-travelled. Feeling the distance of Aotearoa from the world’s centres of art, they have often been drawn overseas to study and work, contributing to the art history of their adopted countries as well as this one.

Notes
He Toka Tū Moana

He Toka Tū Moana

The Māori whakataukī or proverb “He toka tū moana” uses the image of a rock that stands firmly in the ocean to describe someone steadfast and strong in their culture or beliefs, who defies all opposition.

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