Join visitor host Nick Priddy as he discusses James Fitzgerald's View of Cathedral Square From Hereford Street in the Above Ground exhibition on the first floor.
Art Bites are 30-minute lunchtime presentations on a single work on display, presented by our staff, guides and guest speakers.
There's a new Art Bite to enjoy each Friday at 12.30pm.
James Fitzgerald moved from England to Auckland in 1903, and then twenty years later to Christchurch, where he established his own commercial art studio. His watercolour view captures Christchurch’s Cathedral Square at its most architecturally cohesive and complete. Many will remember the United Service Hotel at left, built in 1884–85, demolished 1990; fewer will recall the neoclassical Bank of New Zealand building at right, designed in 1866, demolished 1963. While it is possible to lament our general cultural attitude to architectural heritage, it is also difficult to imagine anything here, even if it had been protected, as capable of surviving the 2010-11 earthquakes that hit the city.
(Above ground, 2015)
In this hilarious family film Wallace and his loyal dog, Gromit, set out to discover the mystery behind the garden sabotage that plagues their village and threatens the annual giant vegetable growing contest.
Renowned Swiss contemporary jeweller Otto Künzli will talk about some of the projects he has undertaken with his students, who are now some of the world’s top contemporary jewellers.
Made from long-forgotten film stills, old actor headshots and vintage postcards, British artist John Stezaker’s collages conjure a new world from their ‘lost world’.
Join visitor host supervisor Janet Abbott as she discusses Ann Shelton's jane says currently on display in Dark Matter on the ground floor.
Join volunteer guide Sara Newman as she discusses Ann Shelton's in a forest series on display in Dark Matter on the ground floor.
Join volunteer gudie Judith Hoult as she discusses Peter Robinson's 1997 work Mission Statement: First we take Island Bay then we take Berlin, on display in Your Hotel Brain on the first floor.
Join volunteer guide Rod McKay as he discusses Buck Nin's The Mamakus on the first floor.
To celebrate International Women's Day, join curator Felicity Milburn as she discusses The Portobello Settee, a recently acquired work by Jacqueline Fahey currently on display in her exhibition, Say Something!
Join volunteer guide John O'Brien as he discusses Rosalie Gascoigne's Big Yellow (1988) in Yellow Moon: He Marama Kowhai on the first floor.
For our first ArtBite of the new year, join volunteer guide Barry Allom as he discusses Mark Braunias's Children's Charter outside our Education Centre on the ground floor.
Take a free guided tour of our collection highlights with one of our friendly, knowledgeable guides.
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.
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.
A free, guided art tour especially for parents with babies. Buggies welcome.