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.’
(No! That’s wrong XXXXXX, 25 June 2016 – 30 April 2017)
Join art historian Dorle Pauli as she discusses Edward Friström's painting, Lake Wakatipu, on display on the first floor.
Join Moata Tamaira from Christchurch City Libraries as she discusses the tukutuku panels on loan from Christchurch Central Library as part of Moroki on the first floor.
Join volunteer guide June Goldstein as she discusses Leigh Martin's untitled painting in Yellow Moon on the first floor.
Join librarian Tim Jones as he discusses the recent archival research for works such as Frances Hodgkins' Unshatterable (Belgian Refugees), on display in Closer; Old Favourites, New Stories on the ground floor.
Join art historian Robyn Peers as she discusses Michael Parekowhai's Kiss The Baby Good-Bye (Maquette), on display in Your Hotel Brain on the first floor.
Made from long-forgotten film stills, old actor headshots and vintage postcards, British artist John Stezaker’s collages conjure a new world from their ‘lost 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.
A free, guided art tour especially for parents with babies. Buggies welcome.