Under the leadership of new director Blair Jackson, Christchurch Art Gallery Gallery Te Puna o Waiwhetū has extended its focus to become a catalyst for ambitious creativity in the city, collaborating with artists to make new and adventurous works.
We have bold ambitions for our future collaborations and invite you to make them possible by investing in the creativity of New Zealand artists and our city.
Art Do is your opportunity to support the Gallery’s mission. Every dollar raised will go directly to the art – not a cent spared. Here’s how you can be part of it...
Seven One-off Artworks
Conor Patton, Bayleys Auctioneer
Seven one-off artworks will be auctioned on the night – five by Judy Millar and two by Zina Swanson. Both artists have collaborated with Christchurch Art Gallery Foundation to develop an art-wine and an art-beer range informed by these artworks. You’ll be able to eyeball the works on the night. Prepare for a battle, it’s going to be hot competition.
Five Giant Silent Auction Packages
Check out the sandwich boards getting around the party. They’re showcasing five incredible, money-can’t-buy silent auction packages. Trust us, you won’t miss them! Give us your top bid to secure one of these doozy packages.
- Blokes About Town
You and three mates will experience a fitting by Fraser and Murray for your very own made-to-measure Crane Brothers suit. Freshen up with a visit to Mankind Barbers, then indulge in some of Canterbury’s culinary finest. You’ll be driven to Black Estate for lunch in the latest Mercedes-Benz vehicles and finish the day with dinner at Murray’s favourite, Inati. Rest up with an overnight stay at luxury boutique Hotel Montreal. Dig deep, fellas.
- Do London
You and a friend will fly Singapore Airlines business class to London for a week’s stay in a Fleet Street apartment. It’s the perfect location to access Southbank, TATE Modern and the West End. To get you in the mood, stay for two nights in Singapore on your stopover and dine at top restaurant Burnt Ends.
- Warren and Mahoney x Home Magazine
The winning party of four will join Home magazine editor Simon Farrell-Green exploring his favourite Warren and Mahoney buildings and homes. Join Simon on two half- day jaunts around Auckland and Christchurch (on two separate dates in 2019). All this design inspiration will leave you famished – so we’ve got lunch covered too. Plus, transport is on Mercedes-Benz who will provide two luxury vehicles each day.
- Melbourne, Fashion and Art (plus Sleep!) for a Week
We’re sending you to Melbourne to experience the best of Australian fashion with Melbourne Fashion Week 2019. Return flights and a week’s stay in an apartment just by the National Gallery of Victoria is all sorted, so you can rub shoulders with the fashionistas. You and a friend will sit front and centre at a collection of the most sought- after shows in town, plus get a peek back-of-house to see hair and make-up in progress. You’ll also get access
- Do You Like a Mystery?
This one’s not for the faint-hearted – trust us, you’ll want to be part of this action. All will be revealed at the Do.
But wait there’s more...
Buy Limited Edition Art-beer and Art-wine!
Christchurch Art Gallery has been on a mission to transform the city through art. Now, at our inaugural Art Do, we launch the Gallery’s first wine and beer art collaborations – Greystone Wines X Judy Millar and Three Boys Brewery X Zina Swanson. Just in time for summer, these limited editions are not to be missed. There will be a limited number of signed bottles to buy at Art Do.
Karen Walker’s Bag o’ Tricks
Five beautiful Karen Walker bags will be full to the gunnels with goods from New Zealand fashion’s leading lady worth $2,000 each. You’ve got to be in it to win it – buy one (or five) $50 Bag o’ Tricks tickets to be drawn on the night.
This October, the first ever Art Do will bring together world-leading chefs, designers and rockstar artists to create New Zealand's biggest art party yet.
Te Puna o Waiwhetū Christchurch Art Gallery is launching its exclusive new art-wine and an art-beer at Art Do – the new gallery gala.
Six of our favourite artists (and our very own boss) will be playing you chilled beats this October at Art Do. Pull up a seat in the designer surroundings of the Warren and Mahoney vinyl lounge and soak up the dulcet tones.
Come hungry and do dinner – a collection of contemporary food stations cooked up by some of the best and brightest in the business will feed you at Art Do.
Blair Jackson has been appointed the new director of Christchurch Art Gallery Te Puna o Waiwhetū.
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…
London's hottest chefs are coming to town – and you're invited to dinner!
Anticipation and Reflection
This is a time of considerable anticipation at the Gallery: Bridget Riley’s new work for Christchurch is due for completion in late May 2017. A wall painting, it’s the fourth of five significant works chosen to mark the long years of our closure for seismic strengthening following the Canterbury earthquakes of 2010–11. It has been paid for, sight unseen, by a group of wonderful women donors, with further support for costs associated with its installation secured by auction at our Foundation’s 2016 gala dinner.
Peter Stichbury's NDE
Anna Worthington chooses her favourite work from the Gallery collection.
On Saturday a gala dinner for Christchurch Art Gallery TOGETHER Foundation marked the illumination of Martin Creed's Work No. 2314, the latest artwork funded by the Foundation. Multi-coloured neon letters, over a metre tall, spell out EVERYTHING IS GOING TO BE ALRIGHT on the Gallery's south wall.
On Saturday night artist Bill Culbert and chefs Margot and Fergus Henderson helped raise the bar for another extraordinary fundraiser from the Gallery and its Foundation
When 'Chapman’s Homer' was exhibited at the edge of the devastated central city in 2012, it was positioned between ruin and rebuild just outside the cordon in an empty lot on Madras Street. Our bull stood beside his seated brother while a red carved Steinway piano was played upstairs in an adjacent building. Over thirty days, Parekowhai’s work caught the public imagination as a symbol of the resilience of local people. At once strong and refined, a brutal force of nature and a dynamic work of culture, Chapman’s Homer resonated with local audiences. Subsequently, a public fundraising campaign kept the bull in Christchurch.
Chapman’s Homer was first exhibited in Venice, where Parekowhai represented New Zealand at the 2011 Venice Biennale. It travelled to Christchurch after being shown at the Musée de quai Branly in Paris. Over the past year, we’ve shown it at a number of sites around the city as part of the Gallery's Outer Spaces programme, including Worcester Boulevard, Placemakers Riccarton, New Regent Street, and most recently at Christchurch International Airport. And now the bull is back – standing strong in its permanent home at Te Puna o Waiwhetu Christchurch Art Gallery, welcoming visitors to our reopening exhibitions.