Take an art break and join guide coordinator Rebecca Ogle as she discusses Allen Maddox's No Mail Today 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.
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Three paintings by Tony Fomison, Philip Clairmont and Allen Maddox.
Allen Maddox began producing his well-known ‘X’ paintings around 1975 when, in a moment of despondency, he angrily defaced a painting he was working on with an X. The motif stuck, and he began repeating his 'crosses in boxes' over and over on his canvases. There is a compulsiveness in Maddox’s ‘X’ paintings; at once ordered yet disordered, they demonstrate a combination of gestural boldness and neurotic energy. Maddox commented in 1977 that he ‘would like to be able to visually reproduce the little electric thought patterns that go on in your head when one is paranoiac… How I thrill to a composition resolved by “painterly” means. Splashes, strokes, aesthetic errors.’
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Join volunteer guide Lis Hunter as she discusses Terrick Williams' 1901 painting Evening, Concarneau in The Weight of Sunlight on the first floor.
Join Visitor Services Supervisor Janet Abbott as she discusses Rhona Haszard's The Sea and The Bay in The Weight of Sunlight on the first floor.
Join volunteer guide Diane Swain following the 12pm performance of Len Lye's Blade for a talk on this large kinetic sculpture.
Join volunteer guide Margaret Nicholas as she discusses Adrian Stokes's nineteenth-century painting Among the Sandhills on display in The Weight of Sunlight on the first floor.
Join curator Felicity Milburn as she discusses Toss Woolaston's ink drawing, Untitled [Quentin (Kin) Woollaston Shearing] in Beneath the Ranges on the first floor.
A celebration of contemporary Japanese film brought to you in association with the Consular Office of Japan, South Island JET-Alumni Association, Monbukagakusho Scholarship-Alumni Association and the Japan Foundation.
All films shown in Japanese with English subtitles.
No bookings required. First come, first served.
Join volunteer guide June Goldstein as she discusses Len Lye's kinetic sculpture Witch Dance in Len Lye: Stopped Short by Wonder on the ground floor.
Dr Shayne Gooch from the University of Canterbury's School of Engineering discusses the unseen forces behind Len Lye’s kinetic sculptures, the special relationship between the university's engineering department and the Len Lye Foundation, and the challenges of bringing some of Len’s larger sculptures to life.
‘Aberhart's images are bathed in the light of photographic history, as well as that of the world around. In his exquisite prints, photography reclaims a magic often lost in the digital age.’
Rediscover the Gallery after dark with the Mix – a vibrant, changing calendar of special events combining people and art with music, great food, beer and wine, pop-up talks and demonstrations, debates, films and live performances.
Susan Brubaker Knapp (international fibre artist, lecturer, host of ‘Quilting Arts TV’ in the US, author and graphic designer) talks about her personal journey from traditional quilter to artist.
The memorial statue of John Robert Godley, founder of Canterbury province, was unveiled 150 years ago in Christchurch Cathedral Square. The 6 August 1867 occasion was proclaimed a public holiday, and Godley’s statue remained upright until being toppled in the 22 February 2011 Christchurch earthquake.
Building on our exhibition Len Lye: Stopped Short by Wonder, Roger Horrocks—writer, film-maker and former assistant to Len Lye—presents an illustrated view of Lye’s life and work and his connection to Christchurch.
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 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.
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.
Please note during May to October, there will be no 11am tour on Tuesdays and Thursdays.
A free, guided art tour especially for parents with babies. Buggies welcome.