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, film and live performances.
Send off summer in style with a late-night picnic at the Gallery! Inspired by our love of warm nights, great food and Wayne Youle’s new exhibition - Look Mum No Hands, the Garden Party is a vibrant celebration of the summer we missed out on this year. Explore the exhibitions, grab a tasty treat from some of Christchurch’s best food vendors or a drink from our pop-up gin bar, take an art tour, explore Look Mum No Hands with the artist himself and curator Felicity Milburn – and don’t miss iconic New Zealand designer Kate Sylvester discuss art and fashion.
Pop Up Bar and Food Trucks: 6-9pm
Artist Wayne Youle and curator Felicity Milburn Floortalk: 6:15pm
Gallery Tour: 7:15pm
Kate Sylvester Talk: 7:30pm
Food Trucks: Utopia Ice, Vagabond Chefs, Lettuce Eat
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Energies: Haines & Hinterding
See, hear, smell and feel the invisible energies that surround us as Australian artists David Haines and Joyce Hinterding summon unseen forces.
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.