The new 6pm timeslot for the Friends Speaker of the Month series is proving popular, and it has been great to see so many of you coming out to hear from our fantastic speakers.
Coming up this quarter, we’ll hear from Gallery director Jenny Harper, artist Wayne Youle and former president of the Friends, Grant Banbury. We’ve also organised an exclusive evening event at the Gallery in August, which will be a fantastic opportunity to view two new exhibitions, Henri Matisse: Jazz and Len Lye: Stopped Short by Wonder. So make sure you join us for a social drink with other Friends, tour the exhibitions, and enjoy a great art night out!
I am delighted to announce that the Friends recently purchased nine new works for the Gallery with money raised from the successful Art Auction we held in 2016. The works are all contemporary photographs and featured in the exhibition The Devil’s Blind Spot: Recent Strategies in New Zealand Photography. It is so satisfying to know that what we do makes a difference to the Gallery, and acquisitions are a tangible result of that.
Continuing on that theme, the Art for Art Fundraising Auction on 18 August will support the purchase of the Gallery’s fifth great work to mark its five years of closure. Already added to the collection are major works by Michael Parekowhai, Bill Culbert, Martin Creed and Bridget Riley. And the Gallery is soon to announce their next acquisition – a work by an internationally acclaimed artist who held a record-breaking exhibition here several years ago. We can’t wait to tell you who it is. Please come along, share another superb night in the Gallery with Friends, and be part of this fantastic acquisition.
The London Club
In September 2017, Gallery director Jenny Harper, curator Felicity Milburn and Jo Blair, of the Gallery Foundation’s contracted development services, Brown Bread, went to London, taking a group of supporters who received a very special tour of the city’s art highlights. While there, they further developed the Foundation’s new London Club. Recently they sat down together in Jenny’s office…
This article first appeared as 'Painting offers a multiverse of symbols' in The Press on 21 June 2017.
The new year started with the Friends’ fantastic summer trip, visiting exhibitions at two of Canterbury’s regional art galleries.
As we approach the first anniversary of the reopening of the Gallery, it seems like a good time to celebrate a year’s progress in the life of the city.
This quarter the Gallery will reopen. It has been a long time coming by anyone’s standard. Although we have maintained connections through the award-winning Outer Spaces programme and nomadic, trailed around temporary gallery spaces; being able to once more step into the Gallery’s own space is an exciting prospect. I am not alone in looking forward to having the Gallery back in its rightful setting and reacquainting ourselves with the fabulous art we collectively own.
Volunteer guide Rod McKay talks about his life, being an art tourist, and guiding Gallery tours.