Event

Gentry, Slaveys, Natives: Class and Art in Colonial Canterbury

Talk

  • Past event
  • Philip Carter Family Auditorium
  • Free
Nicholas Chevalier Crossing the Teremakau River 1876. Watercolour. Collection of Te Papa Tongarewa, gift of Caroline Chevalier, the artist’s widow, England, 1919

Nicholas Chevalier Crossing the Teremakau River 1876. Watercolour. Collection of Te Papa Tongarewa, gift of Caroline Chevalier, the artist’s widow, England, 1919

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.

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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.

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