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
Los Angeles based artist Kiel Johnson is headed back to Christchurch and he wants to collaborate with you!
Keil wants to make a surreal cardboard landscape inspired by the South Island and its inhabitants and he needs your help to imagine, explore and create this landscape and all the provisions and supplies necessary to gear up for any adventure life or the mountains and glaciers can throw at us.
Join visitor services supervisor Janet Abbott as she discusses Rhona Haszard's The Sea and The Bay in The Weight of Sunlight on the first floor.
Join volunteer guide Diane Swain following the 12pm performance of Len Lye's Blade for a talk on this large kinetic sculpture.
Join volunteer guide Margaret Nicholas as she discusses Adrian Stokes's nineteenth-century painting Among the Sandhills on display in The Weight of Sunlight on the first floor.
Join the Friends for a caffeine fix and great conversation in the new Gallery café on the last Friday of the month.
Shane Cotton is one of the country’s best-known contemporary artists. With history, politics and bicultural identity as his subjects, he’s achieved international recognition and a New Zealand Arts Laureate Award.
Artist Priscilla Cowie (Ngāi Tahu, Ngāpuhi and Ngāti Kahu) will discuss the theme of tuna (eels) flowing through her own works and the interconnected nature of our waters and tuna within Māori culture.
Margaux Warne examines the residences of notable English artists and architects including Frederic Leighton, William Morris, George Frederic Watts and Sir John Soane.
London's hottest chefs are coming to town – and you're invited to dinner!
Learn about a selection of works from our historical collection with engaging art historian Julie King over three Wednesdays.
Dr Shayne Gooch from the University of Canterbury's School of Engineering discusses the unseen forces behind Len Lye’s kinetic sculptures, the special relationship between the university's engineering department and the Len Lye Foundation, and the challenges of bringing some of Len’s larger sculptures to life.
‘Aberhart's images are bathed in the light of photographic history, as well as that of the world around. In his exquisite prints, photography reclaims a magic often lost in the digital age.’
Rediscover the Gallery after dark with the Mix – a vibrant, changing calendar of special events combining people and art with music, great food, beer and wine, pop-up talks and demonstrations, debates, films and live performances.
The memorial statue of John Robert Godley, founder of Canterbury province, was unveiled 150 years ago in Christchurch Cathedral Square. The 6 August 1867 occasion was proclaimed a public holiday, and Godley’s statue remained upright until being toppled in the 22 February 2011 Christchurch earthquake.
Join a free guided tour with one of our friendly, knowledgeable guides exploring the exhibition Len Lye: Stopped Short by Wonder on the ground floor.
Take a free guided tour of our collection highlights with one of our friendly, knowledgeable guides.
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 Waiwhetu. 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.
Please note during May to October, there will be no 11am tour on Tuesdays and Thursdays.
A free, guided art tour especially for parents with babies. Buggies welcome.
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.