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.
Join volunteer guide Rod McKay as he discusses Marie Shannon's photographic and video works on display in Rooms found only in the home on the ground floor.
A weekend of art, music, food and wine with the Friends in Wellington. Take this opportunity to enjoy galleries around the city with a group of other enthusiasts.
Celebrate the 125th anniversary of universal suffrage in Aotearoa New Zealand by joining one of our friendly and informative guides on a feature tour of We Do This.
All welcome to the launch of Colours of a Life: The life and times of Douglas MacDiarmid by Anna Cahill, a richly edited biography of one of New Zealand's most accomplished expatriate painters.
Join volunteer guide Sara Newman as she discusses Alexis Hunter's We Do This on display on display on the first floor.
Mexican filmmakers Sebastian and Costa, shooting a film in Bolivia about the conquest by Christopher Columbus, become embroiled in controversy when their filming schedule runs up against the Cochabamba protests, when local natives rise up against the privatisation of their water supply.
Vienna, 1777. The blind 18-year-old “Wunderkind” pianist Maria Theresia Paradis lost her eyesight overnight when she was three years old.
Hamburg in the mid-1990s: following a breakdown and a stay in a psychiatric ward, Charly Schmidt lives in assisted accommodation. He’s kicked his alcohol and drug habit when he meets old friends from Berlin, who now earn a lot of money as music producers.
Wearing heavy rubber boots, Fränz Röösli climbs atop his charcoal pile and starts poking holes into what he calls the “Grind”—the dome of the pile, which reaches four metres above ground.
Join Holly Gemmell from our Design Store as she discusses Luigi Rossini's Veduta dell'Anfiteatro Flavio, detto il Colosseo on display on the first floor.
Celebrate Heritage Week with curator Felicity Milburn who discusses the extraordinary life of Canterbury College-trained artist Dora Meeson Coates (1869 – 1955). Meeson not only signed the 1893 suffrage petition in Christchurch, but also actively campaigned for equality in both Australia and Britain, not least through her persuasive and ground-breaking political cartoons. Described as ‘an ardent feminist, all her life’ she later became a noted maritime painter and war artist.
Join us for a timely conversation about how the arts can contribute to our attempts to adapt to climate impacts and shape our carbon neutral future in Aotearoa New Zealand.
Join Dr Tamlin Conner (University of Otago, Psychology) as she discusses the science of well-being.
Join volunteer guide Judith Hoult as she discusses Ralph Hotere's Dawn/Water Poem on display on the first floor.
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.