Collection

Colouring in: Mantis in the Sun

Colouring in: Mantis in the Sun

This print by Eileen Mayo is like a close-up of a praying mantis and the insect it has caught. It shows a lot of detail. It's almost like we are right next to it! 

Colouring in: Cats in the Trees

Colouring in: Cats in the Trees

This artwork is a linocut print called Cats in the Trees. The artist, Eileen Mayo, loved all animals, but cats were her favourite. What's your favourite animal?

Colouring in: Doric Dairy

Colouring in: Doric Dairy

In the old days, milk was delivered to people's homes by horse and cart. The milk was ladled into tin pots (called billies) from a big metal urn. Can you find the urn where the milk is kept in this linocut? What colour is it?

Colouring in: Victorian Jug

Colouring in: Victorian Jug

There are lots of beautiful flowers in the jug in this screenprint by Eileen Mayo. How many different types of flowers can you find? 

Colouring in: Toroa / Northern Royal Albatross

Colouring in: Toroa / Northern Royal Albatross

Did you know that the Toroa (also called the Northern Royal Albatross) is the world's largest seabird? Where do you think they live? Take a look this live web feed of a chick for a clue...

Colouring in: The Doves

Colouring in: The Doves

This wood engraving by Eileen Mayo was created by carving the picture onto a block of wood. Eileen was known for her great skill at doing this. She then used a roller to put a thin coat of ink onto the carved wood and pressed it onto paper to make this print. Have you ever tried making a print by carving something like a potato and then applying ink or paint and pressing it onto paper?

Colouring in: Le Stryge

Colouring in: Le Stryge

This fantastical guardian creature sits on top of the north tower of Notre Dame cathedral in Paris. Some say it's a ghoul and others a vampire. Whatever it is, it looks a bit cheeky with its tongue poking out!

Colouring in: In the Orchard

Colouring in: In the Orchard

This gorgeous painting In the Orchard is by British artist Lucy Kemp-Welch, who was famous for her incredible paintings of horses. She also became known as 'the artist who painted Black Beauty'. Have you heard of or read the book Black Beauty? It's a story by Anna Sewell about a beautiful black horse.

Colouring in: A Garden Enclosed

Colouring in: A Garden Enclosed

This screenprint by Eileen Mayo is of Cuningham House, the big glass house in the Christchurch Botanic Gardens. The building is kept warm all year so that the plants inside stay healthy and grow well. Have you been there? What sort of plants did you see?

Nona Hildyard by Richard Wallwork

Nona Hildyard by Richard Wallwork

The incredible work done every day by healthcare workers has been evident throughout the Covid-19 response. Their dedication continues a long tradition of service by New Zealanders, including that of Lyttelton nurse Nona Hildyard (1888 – 1915), who is featured in this portrait from the Gallery’s collection.

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