Notes
Art Makes Me Fly

Art Makes Me Fly

Take yourself on a flight of fancy with Wayne Youle's latest exhibition Look Mum No Hands.

Commentary
Bringing the Soul

Bringing the Soul

As an eleven-year-old boy from Whāngarei, sent to live in Yaldhurst with my aunt in the late seventies, Christchurch was a culture shock. Arriving in New Zealand’s quintessential ‘English city’, I remember well the wide landscapes and manicured colonial built environment. It was very pretty but also very monocultural, with no physical evidence of current or former Māori occupation or cultural presence, or at least none that I could appreciate at that time.

Supporter
Ben Williams, Chapman Tripp

Ben Williams, Chapman Tripp
Gallery partner

When I first came down to Christchurch the first thing I was really impressed with was the Gallery. It’s seen as strong point in the city. Even before the earthquakes, a lot of things revolved around the Gallery and they definitely do now. Cantabrians are proud to have a strong art gallery.

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Exhibition
Henri Matisse: Jazz

Henri Matisse: Jazz

One of the most-loved artworks of the twentieth century

Collection
Pleasure Garden
Frances Hodgkins Pleasure Garden
.This work was painted during a sketching trip to Bridgnorth, Shropshire in the summer of 1932. Its lively watercolour style and subject matter express Hodgkins’s characteristic interest in capturing the fleeting sensations of a moment. Following her death in England, Pleasure Garden was one of six works by Hodgkins brought to Christchurch in 1948 at the request of the Canterbury Society of Arts. When the Society’s purchasing committee rejected the selection, a group of independent art supporters raised the purchase price and offered it to the city’s gallery, whose refusal generated metres of newspaper column displeasure and debate. In 1951 their persistence finally paid off. (Treasury: A Generous Legacy, 18 December 2015 – 27 November 2016)
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