Islands in isolation by Jess Marama

Islands in isolation by Jess Marama

Jess Marama reads her own poem, Islands in isolation, written in response to the exhibition Te Wheke: Pathways Across Oceania at Christchurch Art Gallery Te Puna o Waiwhetū

New Brighton by Dietrich Soakai

New Brighton by Dietrich Soakai

Dietrich Soakai reads his own poem New Brighton, written in response to the exhibition Te Wheke: Pathways across Oceania at Christchurch Art Gallery Te Puna o Waiwhetū.

I belong to Oceania, like Albert by Danielle O'Halloran

I belong to Oceania, like Albert by Danielle O'Halloran

Danielle O'Halloran reads her own poem, I belong to Oceania, like Albert, written in response to the exhibition Te Wheke: Pathways Across Oceania at Christchurch Art Gallery Te Puna o Waiwhetū

Wayfinding and Wayfinders by Faumuina Felolini Maria Tafuna'i

Wayfinding and Wayfinders by Faumuina Felolini Maria Tafuna'i

Faumuina Felolini Maria Tafuna'i reads her own poem Wayfinding and Wayfinders, written in response to the exhibition Te Wheke: Pathways across Oceania at Christchurch Art Gallery Te Puna o Waiwhetū.

Matariki 2020

Matariki 2020

Each year the star cluster Matariki disappears from our skies in May. This year it returns between 13 and 20 July.

Missing Louise Henderson artwork to be shown in Christchurch

Missing Louise Henderson artwork to be shown in Christchurch

A recently rediscovered painting by acclaimed New Zealand artist Dame Louise Henderson will be on display at Christchurch Art Gallery Te Puna o Waiwhetū next month as part of a wider exhibition of Henderson’s work.

Cliff Rowe

Cliff Rowe

Gallery staff were able to research some of the works in our collection while we were locked down.

Massive wall painting marks opening of Te Wheke at Christchurch Art Gallery

Massive wall painting marks opening of Te Wheke at Christchurch Art Gallery

A 36-metre painting by artist Kelcy Taratoa is part of a new exhibition opening at Christchurch Art Gallery Te Puna o Waiwhetū on Saturday.

Congratulations to the winners of Blue Globe: Stories from Christchurch Art Gallery Te Puna o Waiwhetū

Congratulations to the winners of Blue Globe: Stories from Christchurch Art Gallery Te Puna o Waiwhetū

During lockdown, young writers between the ages of 8 and 18 have been busy completing their entries for Blue Globe: Stories from Christchurch Art Gallery Te Puna o Waiwhetū. Any work in our online collection could be used as inspiration; the works entrants chose this year can be viewed here.

A number of staff volunteered to be on our judging panel: Sarah Pepperle, Anita Paris and Tara Elder took the 8-10 year olds; Lana Coles, Gwynneth Porter and Nick Priddy the 11-14s; and Sarah Pepperle and Gwynneth Porter the 15-18s. The judges really enjoyed reading each piece and were amazed and delighted at the imagination shown and the quality of the entries.

Below are our winning entries alongside the artwork they used for inspiration - enjoy!

Director’s Update

Director’s Update

With a welcome shift back to Level 2 in our collective fight against COVID-19, we are delighted to reopen our doors to visitors.

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