German artist Mischa Kuball discusses Solidarity Grid, his 500-metre-long public art work on Park Terrace, Christchurch, with SCAPE curator Blair French and Deborah McCormick, the Executive Director of SCAPE Public Art in Christchurch.
The panel will be chaired by Christchurch Art Gallery senior curator Lara Strongman.
The talk is followed by a book launch and drinks in the NZI Foyer.
Presented in partnership with SCAPE Public Art.
On the opening night of the WORD Christchurch festival, Leonard Bell tells the story of the extraordinary group of European artists, writers, photographers and architects who arrived in New Zealand as forced migrants from the 1930s through the 1950s, and examines how their modernism radically reshaped the arts in this country.
In the context of the Gallery’s recent acquisition of Colin McCahon’s Canterbury Plains (1951), leading McCahon scholar Dr Peter Simpson will discuss McCahon’s evolving response to the Canterbury landscape between 1948 and 1952, drawing on fresh research undertaken for a major book on the artist he is currently writing that will be published by Auckland University Press in 2019, McCahon’s centennial year.
Writer and historian Stevan Eldred-Grigg examines our exhibition Pickaxes and Shovels and explore what it reveals about class and art in colonial Canterbury.