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what happens by Jenny Bornholdt

what happens by Jenny Bornholdt

A very special hand-washing treat

Girls in a factory by Denis Glover

Girls in a factory by Denis Glover

Kirsty Mathieson, our Administration and Business Support team leader reads 'Girls in a Factory' by Denis Glover.

It's perfectly timed at 21 seconds - just right for washing away those nasty viruses.

Dunedin by Edith Howes

Dunedin by Edith Howes

Today Gallery Director Blair Jackson, sometime resident of Dunedin, reads the poem Dunedin by Edith Howes.

That completes one week of lockdown, but hands still need washing thoroughly.

Olaf, a painting by Leo Bensemann

Olaf, a painting by Leo Bensemann

This poem by Denis Glover is a direct response to a painting now in the Gallery's collection. It is kindly read by his grand-daughter Pia Glover.

Keep scrubbing those hands.

Rain Rain

Rain Rain

Edward Ogle performs Rain Rain Go Away

I don't know about where you are, but in Christchurch today we really do have rain rain. This is a tricky one because we really need that rain, but I also need a walk round the block this afternoon!

This one is only 18 seconds long, but you'll be smiling for at least two extra seconds when it ends, so it will still work very nicely as a timer for your hand-washing .

 

A student flat in a Christchurch winter

A student flat in a Christchurch winter

Some more verse to support hand-washing. This poem, inspired by Philip Clairmont's Fireplace, was written and is read by Jane Simpson. From the collection Tuning Wordsworth's piano (Interactive Press, 2019)

On the conversion of daylight into distances infrequently travelled

On the conversion of daylight into distances infrequently travelled

Poet, critic and curator Greg O'Brien wrote this poem after happening upon Pip Culbert's Pup Tent while visiting the Gallery in 2016.

But there is more to it than that, because our own curator Peter Vangioni then hand-printed the poem and it was published in a limited edition by Kowhai Press. You can see pictures of this exquisite publication below.

Greg has kindly read the poem while we are closed and we add it to our growing collection of poems to wash your hands to - or just to listen to for pleasure.

Keep on washing

Keep on washing

Hand-washing remains the best thing we can do. Here's another poem against which to time your ablutions. Douglas MacDiarmid reads his own poem 'Daylight'. He wrote the poem and created the painting, Hills from Annat, in 1946.

Hand-washing

Hand-washing

As we all know, one of the best ways to prevent the spread of Covid-19 is washing our hands. For the last week or so, our wonderful librarian Tim Jones supplied all the bathrooms at Christchurch Art Gallery Te Puna o Waiwhetū with poems by New Zealand poets to make the recommended 2-minute handwashing sessions pass a little more bearably.

Now we are all working from home, we'll try to keep this going, starting with a reading of On First Looking into Chapman's Homer by John Keats, the poem behind Michael Parekowhai's sculpture. Tim himself is the reader.

Press play and start washing.

Win flights for four to Singapore!

Win flights for four to Singapore!

That’s right! Christchurch Art Gallery Te Puna o Waiwhetū will get
you and three others to Singapore with Singapore Airlines for FREE.

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