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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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Exhibition
Bad Hair Day

Bad Hair Day

Bad Hair Day investigates the wild and wonderful ways of hair through painting, printmaking, sculpture, photography and video. 

Event
Evening, Concarneau by Terrick John Williams
Evening, Concarneau by Terrick John Williams

Join volunteer guide Lis Hunter as she discusses Terrick Williams' 1901 painting Evening, Concarneau in The Weight of Sunlight on the first floor.

Event
The Sea and The Bay by Rhona Haszard
The Sea and The Bay by Rhona Haszard

Join Visitor Services Supervisor Janet Abbott as she discusses Rhona Haszard's The Sea and The Bay in The Weight of Sunlight on the first floor.

Event
Blade by Len Lye
Blade by Len Lye

Join volunteer guide Diane Swain following the 12pm performance of Len Lye's Blade for a talk on this large kinetic sculpture.

Event
Among the Sandhills by Adrian Stokes
Among the Sandhills by Adrian Stokes

Join volunteer guide Margaret Nicholas as she discusses Adrian Stokes's nineteenth-century painting Among the Sandhills on display in The Weight of Sunlight on the first floor.

Event
Untitled [Quentin (Kin) Woollaston Shearing] by Toss Woollaston
Untitled [Quentin (Kin) Woollaston Shearing] by Toss Woollaston

Join curator Felicity Milburn as she discusses Toss Woolaston's ink drawing, Untitled [Quentin (Kin) Woollaston Shearing] in Beneath the Ranges on the first floor.

Event
Japanese Film Festival 2017
Japanese Film Festival 2017

A celebration of contemporary Japanese film brought to you in association with the Consular Office of Japan, South Island JET-Alumni Association, Monbukagakusho Scholarship-Alumni Association and the Japan Foundation. 

All films shown in Japanese with English subtitles.
No bookings required. First come, first served.

Event
Witch Dance by Len Lye
Witch Dance by Len Lye

Join volunteer guide June Goldstein as she discusses Len Lye's kinetic sculpture Witch Dance in Len Lye: Stopped Short by Wonder on the ground floor.

Event
Engineering Art
Engineering Art

Dr Shayne Gooch from the University of Canterbury's School of Engineering discusses the unseen forces behind Len Lye’s kinetic sculptures, the special relationship between the university's engineering department and the Len Lye Foundation, and the challenges of bringing some of Len’s larger sculptures to life.

Event
Gregory O'Brien Discusses Laurence Aberhart
Gregory O'Brien Discusses Laurence Aberhart

‘Aberhart's images are bathed in the light of photographic history, as well as that of the world around. In his exquisite prints, photography reclaims a magic often lost in the digital age.’

Event
The Mix: Razzle Dazzle
The Mix: Razzle Dazzle

Rediscover the Gallery after dark with the Mix – a vibrant, changing calendar of special events combining people and art with music, great food, beer and wine, pop-up talks and demonstrations, debates, films and live performances.

Event
Quilting: The Artist in You
Quilting: The Artist in You

Susan Brubaker Knapp (international fibre artist, lecturer, host of ‘Quilting Arts TV’ in the US, author and graphic designer) talks about her personal journey from traditional quilter to artist. 

Event
BECA Heritage Week 2017: Godley for Sale
BECA Heritage Week 2017: Godley for Sale

The memorial statue of John Robert Godley, founder of Canterbury province, was unveiled 150 years ago in Christchurch Cathedral Square. The 6 August 1867 occasion was proclaimed a public holiday, and Godley’s statue remained upright until being toppled in the 22 February 2011 Christchurch earthquake.

Event
The Life of Len
The Life of Len

Building on our exhibition Len Lye: Stopped Short by Wonder, Roger Horrocks—writer, film-maker and former assistant to Len Lye—presents an illustrated view of Lye’s life and work and his connection to Christchurch.

Event
Len Lye Feature Tour
Len Lye Feature Tour

Join a free guided tour with one of our friendly, knowledgeable guides exploring the exhibition Len Lye: Stopped Short by Wonder on the ground floor.

Event
Late Night Tour
Late Night Tour

Take a free guided tour of our collection highlights with one of our friendly, knowledgeable guides.

Event
Muka Youth Prints
Muka Youth Prints

The annual exhibition of Muka Studio lithographs by international artists especially for kids is back!

Event
Introduction to the Gallery Tour
Introduction to the Gallery Tour

Take a free guided tour of our exhibition highlights with one of our friendly, knowledgeable guides.

Please note during May to October, there will be no 11am tour on Tuesdays and Thursdays.

Event
Oh Baby, It's Art!
Oh Baby, It's Art!

A free, guided art tour especially for parents with babies. Buggies welcome.

Event
Gallery tour with a sign language interpreter
Gallery tour with a sign language interpreter

Tour the Gallery with our friendly, knowledgeable guides and a sign language interpreter.