We've teamed up with CoCA and The Physics Room to bring some light and colour to the longest night of the year.
Explore the local art scene and art institutions from 6 to 9pm with a free hop on/hop off minibus. This event marks the release of the new Christchurch Art Map.
Schedule for the evening:
6-9pm – minibus and pop up bar / Gallery open
6pm – FREE Friends talk with Jenny Harper in the Philip Carter Family Auditorium.
7.15pm – FREE late-night tour of the Gallery
7.45pm Les Baxters perform live in the Gallery's arcade space on level 1
Join volunteer guide coordinator Rebecca Ogle as she discusses two 1866 portraits of Amelia Barker (nee Foster) and Enoch Barker, aged 37 on loan from Canterbury Museum and currently on display in Ko Wai Tatou? Who Are We? on the first floor.
Join the friends for coffee and great conversation in Universo, then enjoy a 30-minute ArtBite talk.
Book now for an exclusive back-of-house tour of the Gallery and have a peek behind the scenes.
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.
We are going all out for KidsFest with a great, FREE family film!
Join volunteer guide Barry Allom as he discusses Max Gimblett's Blue Ridge - Over the Wild Blue Yonder - Homage to Henri Matisse, on display in Untitled #1050 on the first floor.
Join volunteer guide Sara Newman as she discusses the life and works of Lucy Kemp-Welch in front of In The Orchard, also known as Sunlight Through The Leaves, on display in The Weight of Sunlight exhibition on the first floor.
Join volunteer guide Margaret Nicholas as she discusses Tony de Lautour's Underworld 2, on display in Tony de Lautour: US V THEM on the ground floor.
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.
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.
The London Club
In September 2017, Gallery director Jenny Harper, curator Felicity Milburn and Jo Blair, of the Gallery Foundation’s contracted development services, Brown Bread, went to London, taking a group of supporters who received a very special tour of the city’s art highlights. While there, they further developed the Foundation’s new London Club. Recently they sat down together in Jenny’s office…
London's hottest chefs are coming to town – and you're invited to dinner!
This article first appeared as 'Painting offers a multiverse of symbols' in The Press on 21 June 2017.
The new 6pm timeslot for the Friends Speaker of the Month series is proving popular, and it has been great to see so many of you coming out to hear from our fantastic speakers.
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.
The new year started with the Friends’ fantastic summer trip, visiting exhibitions at two of Canterbury’s regional art galleries.
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.
As we approach the first anniversary of the reopening of the Gallery, it seems like a good time to celebrate a year’s progress in the life of the city.
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.
Tour the Gallery with our friendly, knowledgeable guides and a sign language interpreter.
This quarter the Gallery will reopen. It has been a long time coming by anyone’s standard. Although we have maintained connections through the award-winning Outer Spaces programme and nomadic, trailed around temporary gallery spaces; being able to once more step into the Gallery’s own space is an exciting prospect. I am not alone in looking forward to having the Gallery back in its rightful setting and reacquainting ourselves with the fabulous art we collectively own.
Volunteer guide Rod McKay talks about his life, being an art tourist, and guiding Gallery tours.