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Leo Bensemann Mischa Levitzki undated. Ink. Collection of Christchurch Art Gallery Te Puna o Waiwhetu, presented to the Gallery by Mary Bensemann 1995

Leo Bensemann Mischa Levitzki undated. Ink. Collection of Christchurch Art Gallery Te Puna o Waiwhetu, presented to the Gallery by Mary Bensemann 1995

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This year’s weekly ArtBite programme is about to start! From Friday 10 February, we will again offer a weekly presentation of a work on display here at Te Puna o Waiwhetu. The aim of these 30-minute talks is to give you an art break in the middle of your day. We know you’re busy, so this isn’t a long lecture meant to take up too much of your time. And they’re free. With a new work presented each Friday at 12.30pm, the information will be fresh so you can impress your friends during your weekend socialising.

At our first Artbite, Gallery librarian and archivist Tim Jones will discuss Leo Bensemann's ink caricatures of Mischa Levitzki (pictured), Feodor Chaliapine, Mary Glover and Ester Levy, which can all be found in Bad Hair Day. Keep an eye on our events calendar for details on each offering.

At Christchurch Art Gallery we love sharing ideas and stories about good art. Our presenters include Gallery staff and guides as well as guest speakers. But this year we’d like to try something new: Open Mic ArtBites. If you love something we have on show and want to share your thoughts and knowledge with others, please email volunteer@christchurchartgallery.org.nz to discuss further. Perhaps you are a hairdresser who could discuss hair styles in Bad Hair Day. Or maybe you're a scientist or a technology whizz who could offer insights into a Haines & Hinterding work.

We look forward to seeing you soon at an ArtBite. 

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