UC School of Music Ensembles
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Inspiring music from two talented University of Canterbury School of Music ensembles to complement the Louise Henderson floortalk at 3pm.
Before the talk the UC String Quartet play classical pieces to celebrate Henderson’s French origins between 1-2pm. And jazz manouche quintet, the Dirt Road Ensemble will entertain you with a repertoire that is mostly French in origin between 2 and 3pm.
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The bold, colourful works of an extraordinary New Zealand artist.
Henderson’s interest in the female figure, seen in her early cubist works and in the studies she made of refugee women and children while in the Middle East, remained a constant in her work. Between 1955 and 2001 she regularly visited her daughter Diane in Rarotonga and gained a growing appreciation of its culture. Back in Aotearoa New Zealand, she created a series of images depicting women within bush or semi-tropical settings.Here, from a neighbouring property, she has painted two women she observed resting under trees on Boxing Day, their faces glowing with soft green light from the canopy above. Painting across cultures, Henderson was in undeniably problematic territory, and some works from this series were described by critics as “exercises in exotic escapism”. It is also true that Henderson’s interest in learning about and engaging with different cultures was genuine and active, and something she maintained throughout her life.
(Louise Henderson: From Life, 27 June – 11 October 2020)
Lessons with Louise Henderson
I first met Louise Henderson in May 1990. I’d recently returned from living in the UK, and moved into what had been her house and studio at 62 Gillies Avenue, Newmarket. The owner, Ross Stevenson, was still in regular contact with Louise at her new home nearby in Sarawia Street, and asked me if I’d like to meet her. I remember being quite nervous at the time and standing at the front door waiting. She didn’t open the door at first, but pulled back the old curtain on a nearby window to see who it was. She recognised Ross so all was well. She was very polite, and more than happy to let me look through the dozens and dozens of paintings that leant four or five deep against the wall in the two front rooms of the old villa.
Join volunteer guide Margaret Nicholas as she discusses Roy Cowan's Large Sculptural Form in Te Wheke: Pathways Across Oceania on the first floor.
Join independent curator and writer Stephanie Oberg as she discusses Lonnie Hutchinson's Sista7 in Te Wheke: Pathways Across Oceania on the first floor.
Join volunteer guide Lis Hunter as she discusses Russell Clark's Untitled [T & G Mural] in Te Wheke: Pathways Across Oceania on the first floor.
Join volunteer guide Sarah Bourke as she discusses Grace Ngaputa Pera's tivaevae manu in Te Wheke: Pathways Across Oceania on the first floor.
Join vistor host Karin Bathgate as she discusses John Henry Menzies' Stanford Family Pātaka Cabinet in Te Wheke: Pathways Across Oceania on the first floor.
Enjoy a Sunday afternoon of beautiful chamber music with Camerata Strings under the baton of Patrick Shepherd in response to chosen works in the Gallery's collection.
Join volunteer guide Sara Newman as she discusses Ruth Watson's Take heart in Te Wheke: Pathways Across Oceania on the first floor.
The Embassy of Japan in New Zealand presents this screening in collaboration with the Canterbury Film Society as part of a series of fascinating films in 2020. This Academy Award-winning masterpiece from the anime maestro Miyazaki is an enchanting magical tale for all ages.
The Embassy of Japan in New Zealand presents this screening as part of a series of fascinating films in 2020. This movie shows life’s lessons through tea, and is based on a book by Noriko Morishita.
The Embassy of Japan in New Zealand presents this screening as part of a series of fascinating films in 2020. An animated feature film based on a manga series that has sold over 130 million copies.
Join curator Melanie Oliver and Ōtautahi Christchurch-based artists Conor Clarke (Ngāi Tahu), Emma Fitts and Oliver Perkins for a floortalk and conversation about their projects in the exhibition Touching Sight.
Muka Prints make contemporary art accessible by compiling original lithographs from international artists, covering the artists’ names, and letting young people see which works speak to them.
The Embassy of Japan in New Zealand presents this screening as part of the Japanese Film Festival’s fascinating 2020 season. A drama inspired by the beloved non-fiction book Mie the Stray: A Story of Community Cats and Shopping Street Revitalization.
A new annual lecture established in the memory of art historian and long-term supporter and patron of the Friends of Christchurch Art Gallery Julie King. Presented by the Friends of Christchurch Art Gallery Te Puna o Waiwhetū.
Join artists Judy Darragh and Sean Kerr in conversation about their project In Kahoots, a real-time 3D art work.
The experts from the Guild of Woodworkers Canterbury will be demonstrating and displaying various facets of the woodworking craft, including a range of timbers, designs and techniques.
Much-loved Auckland-based Cloud Workshop has been working with bereaved young people, making art together, for fifteen years.
The Big Draw Festival is a worldwide celebration of drawing, which this year has a green focus.
Unfortunately due to social distancing requirements at Level 2 we have had to cancel this session. Hopefully we will see you at our next session on Thursday 5 November!
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.’
Take a free guided tour of our current exhibitions with one of our friendly, knowledgeable guides.
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.
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.
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.
Take a free guided tour of our exhibition highlights with one of our friendly, knowledgeable guides.
Please note: 2pm tours on Wednesdays and weekends in July and August are Louise Henderson: From Life feature tours.
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!