Helen Gibson, one of the founders of Rangi Ruru and its first headmistress, established the school’s art collection.
After studying at the Canterbury College School of Art, she taught painting and drawing at Rangi Ruru for forty-nine years. In 1999 an artist-in-residence programme was established, allowing artists to work in the school and mentor students. Recipients have included Neil Frazer, Joanna Braithwaite, Jason Greig and Heather Straka, and where possible the school purchased work by the artists, which sit alongside those of alumnae Merylyn Tweedie and Ruth Watson.
Managing a strict purchasing budget is challenging, but the collection continues to add value to the experiences of staff and students. Limited to 20 people.
Meet Juliet Collins and Grant Banbury outside the school gate in Hewitts Road at 10.20am.
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Come along and meet our fellow Friends from Wellington's Te Papa at breakfast and private tour on the opening day of Gordon Walters: New Vision.
Working across sculpture, installation and watercolour, Zina Swanson employs pre-existing scientific and natural histories in order to examine our relationship to the natural world.
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 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.
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.