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Te Tāhū o ngā Maunga Tūmatakahuki

Te Tāhū o ngā Maunga Tūmatakahuki

There is a gorgeous new addition on the side of Te Puna o Waiwhetū. Artist Kelcy Taratoa has created a wall work to replace Kay Rosen’s Here Are the People and There Is the Steeple, which was in place for eight years. Its title is Te Tāhū o ngā Maunga Tūmatakahuki (see below for an explanation) and it was created in association with our soon-to-be-revealed exhibition Te Wheke: Pathways Across Oceania. The exhibition’s themes of exploration, belonging and connection were a starting point for Taratoa’s thinking, and he worked with the support of mana whenua, including Nathan Pohio, to ground the work in local narratives that relate to discovery and whakapapa.

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Congratulations to the winners of Blue Globe: Stories from Christchurch Art Gallery Te Puna o Waiwhetū

Congratulations to the winners of Blue Globe: Stories from Christchurch Art Gallery Te Puna o Waiwhetū

During lockdown, young writers between the ages of 8 and 18 have been busy completing their entries for Blue Globe: Stories from Christchurch Art Gallery Te Puna o Waiwhetū. Any work in our online collection could be used as inspiration; the works entrants chose this year can be viewed here.

A number of staff volunteered to be on our judging panel: Sarah Pepperle, Anita Paris and Tara Elder took the 8-10 year olds; Lana Coles, Gwynneth Porter and Nick Priddy the 11-14s; and Sarah Pepperle and Gwynneth Porter the 15-18s. The judges really enjoyed reading each piece and were amazed and delighted at the imagination shown and the quality of the entries.

Below are our winning entries alongside the artwork they used for inspiration - enjoy!

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Highly Commended entries, Blue Globe: Stories from Christchurch Art Gallery Te Puna o Waiwhetū

Highly Commended entries, Blue Globe: Stories from Christchurch Art Gallery Te Puna o Waiwhetū

Our competition for young writers attracted a number of entries this year, and the judges had many excellent pieces to choose from when deciding on a winner for each category. It was really tough to choose favourites from such an exceptional bunch of writing, but here are the judges' top six choices for Highly Commended prizes for you to enjoy. Congratulations to them, and to all the writers who entered this year.

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Director’s Update

Director’s Update

With a welcome shift back to Level 2 in our collective fight against COVID-19, we are delighted to reopen our doors to visitors.

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Update from director Blair Jackson

Update from director Blair Jackson

Kia ora koutou. Hello.

I want to let our supporters and art lovers know what we are doing in these difficult times, and how you can still find moments of relief and escape through art. Like much of the world, Christchurch Art Gallery Te Puna o Waiwhetū is temporarily closed to our visitors and our staff. Like many of you are experiencing in your own lives, we’ve needed to figure out new ways of working, staying connected as a team, and working out what we can offer and ways that might help us to engage, inspire and connect you with great art and ideas.

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New Lead Curator Announced

New Lead Curator Announced

Christchurch Art Gallery Te Puna o Waiwhetū is delighted to announce the appointment of our new lead curator, Felicity Milburn.

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Cosmo has a new friend

Cosmo has a new friend

This is a new pal for our Cosmo McMurtry. It was made by Laura who's 11 and lives in Auckland. Ka pai, Laura!

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Heck yeah, that happened!

Heck yeah, that happened!

Our very own Art-tastic by our very own Sarah Pepperle won TWO awards at last night's New Zealand Book Awards for Children & Young Adults at Te Papa!!!

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Christchurch Art Gallery scoops major Australasian design awards

Christchurch Art Gallery scoops major Australasian design awards

Congrats to our publishing team of David Simpson and Sarah Pepperle for a night of bests at the Museums Australasia Publication Design Awards at a gala event in Alice Springs last night. The Gallery won best magazine (Bulletin), best book (Us v Them: Tony de Lautour), best children's book (ART-TASTIC) and best in show (Us v Them)!

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Ridogulous is our new favourite word

Ridogulous is our new favourite word

Bishopdale Primary School's art experts are back, and they've been checking out William Wegman: Being Human

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