The extraordinary exhibition Ralph Hotere: Ātete (to resist) provided Ōtautahi Christchurch audiences with a truly remarkable opportunity to experience artworks by Ralph Hotere at first hand. Ralph was one of Aotearoa’s most talented artists and, significantly for Christchurch, two of his most notable works, Godwit/Kuaka (1977) and Black Phoenix (1984–88), were shown for the first time in the city.
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.
Christchurch City Council has just begun consultation on proposed changes to the city’s Long Term Plan. These will affect the levels of service we provide to you, more specifically our opening hours, what we can offer to school children and the programme of events and activities we put on for the visiting public.
Please follow the links below to find out more and have your say on the proposals.
All of us at Christchurch Art Gallery Te Puna o Waiwhetū were very saddened to hear of the death of Bill Hammond over the weekend. Bill’s contribution to the art of Aotearoa New Zealand was original and unforgettable and he occupied a special, beloved place within the arts communities of Christchurch and Lyttelton.
Over lockdown, Ōtautahi artist James Oram made a new work for our online exhibition Spheres: An Online Video Project. I asked him a few questions about the making of the work, which is up on our website until the end of October.