Winter Night Market
Bayleys Knight Frank Foyer
Wine, beer, food, crafts, makers, DJs, quick and friendly tours of the exhibitions, table tennis, drop-in making workshops and more. Support local, and have a good time with smart people.
Featuring stalls from:
Greystone Wines, Three Boys Brewery, Universo Brasserie & Bar, The AV Club and Best Books
...with more to be announced shortly.
**Entry is free, but we recommend you bring some cash as there’s heaps of good stuff and not all stall holders have eftpos available**
Parking underneath the Gallery is $1 per half hour (with the first hour currently free)
Related reading: Performance, Free event, Music
Experience the Gallery’s collection from the perspective of our place in Te Moana-nui-a-Kiwa, the Pacific Ocean.
Ken Hall, Nathan Pohio, Felicity Milburn, Lara Strongman and Peter Vangioni, with Stephanie Oberg
Join volunteer guide Stephanie Beth as she discusses Dane Mitchell's Post Hoc on the ground floor.
Join volunteer guide Sara Newman as she discusses Ruth Watson's Take heart in Te Wheke: Pathways Across Oceania on the first floor.
Join our guide coordinator Rebecca Ogle as she discusses Max Gimblett's Christchurch Enso in Max Gimblett: Ocean Wheel on the ground floor.
Join volunteer guide June Goldstein as she discusses Ron Mueck's chicken / man.
Join volunteer guide Stephanie Beth as she discusses Michael Parekowhai's Poorman, Beggarman, Thief (Poorman) 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.
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.
Join artists Judy Darragh and Sean Kerr in conversation about their project In Kahoots, a real-time 3D art work.
Inspiring music from two talented University of Canterbury School of Music ensembles to complement the Louise Henderson floortalk at 3pm.
In 1997 the New Zealand army stepped into a 10-year civil war in Bougainville, armed only with guitars.
In six months, 19-year-old Atalya must either accept her mandatory Israeli army assignment or face prison.
Last Men in Aleppo follows members of the White Helmets – ordinary citizens who rush towards explosions to save lives in the Syrian civil war.
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.
Dr Sketchy’s is a life-drawing class like no other – drawing and drinking with a side of burlesque!
Hei whakanui i Te Wiki o te Reo Māori 2020, ka whakaatahia te kiriata What was or could be today (again) (2019) nā Shannon Te Ao, te kiriata Roto (2017) nā Louise Potiki, me te kiriata Ōtākaro (2016) nā Bridget Reweti rāua ko Terri Te Tau. Kei roto i ēnei kiriata e toru nei, ko ngā kupu Māori e koropupu ake ana i te wai māori.
To celebrate Te Wiki o te Reo Māori (Māori Language Week) 2020, we are screening Shannon Te Ao’s What was or could be today (again) (2019), Louise Potiki Bryant’s Roto (2017), and Bridget Reweti and Terri Te Tau’s Ōtākaro (2016). The three films in this programme picture bodies of wai māori (fresh water) through which te reo bubbles up.
Join Felicity Milburn (lead curator, Christchurch Art Gallery Te Puna o Waiwhetū) and Julia Waite (curator, New Zealand art, Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tāmaki) for a very special tour of their favourite moments – large and small! – in the Louise Henderson: from Life exhibition.
When a letter written by a Chinese political prisoner is found in a box of goods sold in Oregon, it sparks a chain of events that exposes human rights violations in the Chinese labour camp system.
The Big Draw Festival is a worldwide celebration of drawing, which this year has a green focus.
Join our librarian and archivist Tim Jones as he discusses Olivia Spencer Bower's time in the Pacific through two of her paintings in Te Wheke: Pathways Across Oceania on the first floor.
Join volunteer guide John O'Brien as he discusses Louise Henderson's Addington Workshops in Louise Henderson: From Life on the ground floor.
Join art historian Margaux Warne as she discusses Louise Henderson's Bush series No.5 and No.7 in Louise Henderson: From Life on the ground floor.
Take a free guided tour of Louise Henderson: From Life with one of our friendly, knowledgeable guides.
Nau mai haere mai. A free guided tour for the whole family to enjoy together.
A chance for pre-schoolers to paint, glue, print, stamp and colour without making a mess at home. Art Safari is designed for our youngest budding artists between 2-4 years old.
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!