Shine a Light
Philip Carter Family Auditorium
Academy Award-winning filmmaker, Martin Scorsese and the world's greatest rock'n'roll band, The Rolling Stones, unite to bring you this engaging tour documentary.
Director Martin Scorsese filmed The Rolling Stones over a two-day period at the Beacon Theater in New York. As well as backstage footage of the band as they prepare to go onstage and archive interviews, the film also includes performances from the band's concert including 'Sympathy for the Devil', 'Start Me Up' and 'Shine a Light'.
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Artists play with shadow and light, transforming the familiar into the extraordinary.
Join curator Ken Hall as he discusses Russell Clark's painting Cabbage Tree in Flower in Turn, Turn, Turn: A Year in Art on the first floor.
Join volunteer guide Rod McKay as he discusses the Sarah Lucas scultpure NUD CYCLADIC 1 in Now Then Next: Time and the Contemporary on the first floor.
Join volunteer guide Sara Newman as she discusses Pamela Wolfe's Portrait of Sandra Peacock in Turn, Turn, Turn: A Year in Art on the first floor.
The lover who does not forget sometimes dies of excess, exhaustion and tension of memory by Kim Pieters
Join art historian Dorle Pauli as she discusses Kim Pieters' painting The lover who does not forget sometimes dies of excess, exhaustion and tension of memory in Now, Then, Next: Time and the Contemporary on the first floor.
Join New Zealand-Australian painting luminary Brent Harris and the Gallery’s head curator Lara Strongman in conversation in the exhibition Brent Harris: Towards the Swamp.
The annual exhibition of Muka Studio lithographs especially for kids is back this show weekend.
A time-stretching mini-festival of night art performance events: sound performance, artist interventions and actual film.
Join us this Labour Weekend and take part in an massive artist’s take-over project involving a riot of colour and a heap of paper-based tape.
A Halloween double feature for your viewing horror!
The fifth film in the Christchurch iteration of the Eighteenth Latin America and Spain Film Festival, Why Do My Friends Cry? is a Cuban drama about four female friends who meet for the first time in twenty years.
Art historian Margaux Warne examines the themes and subjects in the work of Impressionist artists Berthe Morisot and Mary Cassatt, and their relationships with other artists including Corot, Manet and Degas.
This year we are hosting five glorious Latino films for lucky audiences—join us for the opening night fiesta of the Eighteenth Latin America and Spain Film Festival, and drink up this year’s fabuloso programme.
The first film in this year’s iteration of the popular Japanese Film Festival. The battle between a small company and a larger corporation to reveal the truth after a wheel separates from a truck and kills a pedestrian.
The second film in the Christchurch iteration of the Eighteenth Latin America and Spain Film Festival, Little Secret is a Brazil and New Zealand co-produced drama that is based on a true story.
The second film in this year’s iteration of the popular Japanese Film Festival. Tsuyoshi returns to the remote Okinawan island of Aguni after a four-year absence for the ancient bone-washing ritual of cleaning and reinterring the bones of his mother.
The fourth film in this year’s iteration of the popular Japanese Film Festival. An introverted young woman is found a job debugging videogames.
The third film in the Christchurch iteration of the Eighteenth Latin America and Spain Film Festival, Ten Days Without Mom is an Argentinian comedy about an overwhelmed family.
The third film in this year’s iteration of the popular Japanese Film Festival. A fantasy about a lonely orphan, Miko, whose uncle arranges for her to live in stigmatised apartments to make them appeal to future tenants.
4 is an Australian documentary film exploring Vivaldi’s The Four Seasons through the work of four contemporary violinists.
New Zealand filmmaker Louise Lever presents her new film, Revolt, She Said – a documentary that asks “what is the female voice?”
The fourth film in the Christchurch iteration of the Eighteenth Latin America and Spain Film Festival, Broken Panties is a Chilean dramatic comedy about five women living in a large hacienda in rural Chile: matriarch Matilde and her daughters – three biological and one adopted.
Screening to complement Margaux Warne’s talk at 6pm, this documentary explores the work of Berthe Morisot, Mary Cassatt, Eva Gonzalès and Marie Bracquemond, and the contention that “Impressionism is female”.
Explore the hidden heritage of Ōtautahi Christchurch, piece together the clues, get your trail guide stamped, and delve deeper into the Gallery, Tūranga Central Library, Canterbury Museum and Botanic Gardens.
Join Laurence Aberhart, photographer and long-time friend of Bill Hammond, in the exhibition Bill Hammond: Playing the Drums. Debunk some myths and make some new ones.
A dramatised telling of the story of Katsushika O-Ei, daughter of the great Japanese artist Katsushika Hokusai (1760–1849). A great artist in her own right, but never satisfied with her own skills, she nursed her father after a stroke and worked closely with him for nearly twenty years.
The Price of Everything is a documentary about the art market. It dives deep into the contemporary art world, holding a funhouse mirror up to our values and our times — where everything can be bought and sold.
Join volunteer guide Judith Hoult as she discusses Bill Hammond's painting The Fall of Icarus on the ground floor.
A chance for pre-schoolers to paint, glue, print, stamp and colour without making a mess at home. Art Safari is designed for our youngest budding artists between 2-4 years old.
Fifteen is our birthday party (guess how old we are…) and it’s less than two weeks away! It’s also the opening event for Tony de Lautour’s US V THEM, which is our big winter exhibition. We asked curator Peter Vangioni and visitor programmes coordinator Amy Marr what they’re most excited about in the incredible line-up for this grand birthday bash.
Now’s your chance to help create a cool event for you and your friends!
The Mix is Christchurch’s Art Gallery bi-monthly late-night event – an interactive mix of art, music, film and good people. We want to run a Mix designed, curated and for under 18s – ReMix.
New Zealand artist Laurence Aberhart is internationally regarded for his photographs of unpeopled landscapes and interiors. He photographs places redolent with the weight of time, which he captures with his century-old large-format camera and careful framing. But he’s always taken more spontaneous photographs of people too, particularly in the years he lived in Christchurch and Lyttelton (1975–83) when he photographed his young family, his friends and occasionally groups of strangers. ‘If I lived in a city again,’ he says, ‘I would photograph people. One of the issues is that I even find it difficult to ask people whether I can photograph a building, so to ask to photograph them – I’m very reticent. I also know that after a number of minutes of waiting for me to set cameras up and take exposure readings and so on, people can get rather annoyed. So it’s not a conscious thing, it’s more just an accident of the way I photograph.’
Take a free guided tour of our current exhibitions with one of our friendly, knowledgeable guides.
In early March we were lucky enough to have the incredibly talented Grayson Gilmour performing at the Gallery, supported by the equally talented Purple Pilgrims and New Dawn. I love these gigs, but there is a lot of work to be done behind the scenes to make sure that, by the time the public walk in the door, the foyer is gig ready. The process normally feels like a long, slow marathon with a sprint at the final corner. So here’s a guide to how you too can get the NZI Foyer gig-ready in five (or six) easy steps.
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.
J.G. Thirlwell is man of many monikers and even more projects: from the epic avant-garde electro-rock of his thirty-five-year Foetus act to scoring orchestral work; creating sound installations to writing cartoon soundtracks. Fellow sonic artist, Jo Burzynska caught up with the Melbourne-born but long-time New York-resident composer/producer/performer at the Gallery before the opening performance of his first ever New Zealand tour.
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.
Answer: No one cries when you chop up a piano.
Apparently that's only the third worst piano joke of all time...
November sees the 30th anniversary of my favourite record label, Flying Nun Records.
The 2011 Christchurch Arts Festival has been full of highlights, from theatre to dance to the visual arts. However, it's been the music that has made the biggest impression on me.
Finally, the chance to listen to some loud rock music!