Join Grant Banbury as he discusses Tony Fomison's No! on the first floor.
Art Bites are 30-minute lunchtime presentations on a single work on display, presented by our staff, guides and guest speakers.
There's a new Art Bite to enjoy each Friday at 12.30pm.
No! That’s wrong XXXXXX
Three paintings by Tony Fomison, Philip Clairmont and Allen Maddox.
Talk to the hand. The character in Tony Fomision’s No! holds up his hand to the viewer in a gesture of defiance and refusal as he looks away. The antagonistic stance is based on an image cut from a 1966 newspaper of a local blacksmith horrified at the idea of a proposed urban subdivision near his village. This work was completed after Fomison returned to Christchurch from his overseas sojourn, a moment in which he developed his mature style: Overseas I had found a way of painting that is my way of painting, derived completely from my drawings. I had got on the right track after being put on the wrong track at Art School. Much of Fomison’s subject matter is gritty with a psychological intensity, as seen in No!, where the subject actively rejects the viewer, refusing to acknowledge them. Fomison stated: My paintings are brutal and lonely, and try to make the statement that the personal condition is more important, that self-knowledge is more important, than just painting flowers and landscapes.
(No! That’s wrong XXXXXX, 25 June 2016 – 30 April 2017)
Join the Friends for a special end of year Christmas breakfast in Universo, followed by an exclusive tour of the two new exhibitions, Ann Shelton: Dark Matter and Closer: Old Favourites, New Stories, with senior curator Lara Strongman.
Join the Friends for a trip to Timaru to see Māori rock art off site and in situ.
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It's the last Mix of 2017, so get ready to get down on November 29th! Get your glad rags on and bust out your dancing shoes for a FREE night out including a dance class with Shut Up and Dance, a rundown on what 2018 holds for the Royal New Zealand Ballet with Frances Turner, DJs, art tours, pop-up bars and food trucks.
Join a free guided tour with one of our friendly, knowledgeable guides exploring the exhibition Len Lye: Stopped Short by Wonder on the ground floor.
Take a free guided tour of our collection highlights with one of our friendly, knowledgeable guides.
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.
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 Waiwhetu. 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.
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.
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.
A free, guided art tour especially for parents with babies. Buggies welcome.
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.