Philip Carter Family Auditorium
Kids will be amazed by Buster Keaton’s incredible and hilarious stunt work in The General, consistently ranked as one of the greatest comedies of all time, and featuring one of the most harrowing and hilarious chase scenes ever filmed.
This silent film will be presented with live accompaniment. An incredible evening for the whole family!
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Uncovering the remarkable, largely unseen work of early New Zealand photographers.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Jairus, Hault, Murtaza, Acacia, Jessica, Peteseta, Brook and Aiyanna from Bishopdale Primary School brought their A-game to the Gallery last week when they came to see our show 'Gordon Walters: New Vision'.
These Year 6 students at Bishopdale Primary School have knocked it out of the park with their AMAZING glitter artworks from our new ART-TASTIC activity book.
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.’
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.
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.
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!