Te Wheke celebrates Ōtautahi Christchurch’s place in the Pacific

Te Wheke celebrates Ōtautahi Christchurch’s place in the Pacific

An immersive exhibition that explores art through our connections with the Pacific will be unveiled at Christchurch Art Gallery Te Puna o Waiwhetū on 30 May.

A Calm Day by Basil Dowling

A Calm Day by Basil Dowling

Today our Graphic Designer Peter Bray reads about the sound of the ocean when the wind dies down. Only Basil Dowling puts it lot better than that in A Calm Day.

I saw her face by Robin Judkins

I saw her face by Robin Judkins

We've had lots of poetry responding to nature but poetry's other great theme has been absent. We put that right today with a love poem by Robin Judkins. A simple expression of love you might say, but listen right to the end and then say with confidence what happpens next.

That will take a minute so your hands will be sparkling. Today's reader is Visitor Host Tim Hobbs.

Order

Can you put these works from our collection in the right order?
To a child dancing in the wind by W B Yeats

To a child dancing in the wind by W B Yeats

Today our Business Administrator Jackie Heavey reads a poem by a compatriot of hers, William Butler Yeats, in which the innocence of childhood is envied.

Yes you can now go to the beach, but keep your distance and, of course, keep washing those hands.

And the animals shall inherit the earth

And the animals shall inherit the earth

It’s been interesting observing how nature has quietly but very quickly reclaimed the earth since we have all gone into Covid-19 lockdown. My social media timelines have been peppered with images of animals wandering where humans can’t, boars roaming in Barcelona, peacocks in Dubai, deer in Japan and schools of tiny fish in the now clear waters of Venice to name a few. Related of course are the clearing skies around the world.

Wharf at Onekaka by Charles Brasch

Wharf at Onekaka by Charles Brasch

Today our Visitor Programmes Co-ordinator Gwynneth Porter reads a poem by Charles Brasch that was written directly in response to a painting in our collection. We can still only visit these places in our minds, but here are 22 seconds of soap and water delight to assist in doing that.

Spheres: An Online Video Project

Spheres: An Online Video Project

Over the past few weeks, I have been working with fellow curator Nathan Pohio on an online video project that we’ve called Spheres. I’ve only recently joined the Gallery, so it’s been helpful to have something to focus on from home as well as a reason to be in touch with some interesting artists.

Loud Calls the Voice of Reason by Archibald Baxter

Loud Calls the Voice of Reason by Archibald Baxter

Archibald Baxter's call to reason is kindly read by Kim Bathgate.

Contemplative Art Play With Nature

Contemplative Art Play With Nature

Thank you Christchurch Art Gallery Te Puna o Waiwhetū, for inviting me to contribute this art and wellbeing post. I would like to share with you one of my favourite therapeutic arts making activities, which is suitable for all ages. I call it contemplative art play, and since we are all in our bubbles (or extended bubbles when we move to level 3), I have added an additional layer of wellbeing into the process – nature.

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