Writer and historian Stevan Eldred-Grigg examines our exhibition Pickaxes and Shovels and explore what it reveals about class and art in colonial Canterbury.
Canterbury colonists looked at the world – like everyone in every period of history – not just with their eyes but through the lenses of culture. One of the strongest of all cultural lenses was class. The middle class and gentry drew, daubed, watched opera and leafed through illustrated books. The working class did not; they had other ways of seeing things.
Pickaxes and Shovels
See the lives of the early settlers and Kāi Tahu tangata whenua in this selection of extraordinary works by frontier Pākehā artists.
Munich-based jeweller and object-maker Peter Bauhuis gives a public talk about his practice in conjunction with his solo exhibition opening at the National in Christchurch on 23 November 2018.
Join guide coordinator Rebecca Ogle as she discusses Philip Trusttum's 2015 painting SUP on display in Trusstum: Just a Glimpse on the first floor.
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.
Take a free guided tour of our collection highlights with one of our friendly, knowledgeable guides.
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 Waiwhetū. 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.
The annual exhibition of Muka Studio lithographs by international artists especially for kids is back!
Take a free guided tour of our exhibition highlights with one of our friendly, knowledgeable guides.