A small but poetic exhibition looking at early European and Māori representations of seafaring vessels, with the Charlotte Jane as a focal point.
The technique of call and response resonates across many art forms and cultures, where it generally expresses something of a working conversation. A visual call and response is found in the nautical flag signals used by sailors to establish identity and other communications at sea. Ship Songs proposes a similar process in art. It does not seek to tell a tale of journeys or arrivals, although this and other ideas are evoked. Rather, it asks the viewer to simply consider the idea of the representation of the waka/ship, and to feel something familiar and human running through the works when presented together
Reading the Swell
Drawing its inspiration from the sea, this exhibition highlights the Gallery's collection of maritime paintings, drawings, prints, photographs and ceramics, alongside scrimshaw from Canterbury Museum's collection.
Five significant works of art that look to traditional Māori architecture to inform modernist and contemporary Māori art practice.
Bringing the Soul
As an eleven-year-old boy from Whāngarei, sent to live in Yaldhurst with my aunt in the late seventies, Christchurch was a culture shock. Arriving in New Zealand’s quintessential ‘English city’, I remember well the wide landscapes and manicured colonial built environment. It was very pretty but also very monocultural, with no physical evidence of current or former Māori occupation or cultural presence, or at least none that I could appreciate at that time.
The Devil’s Blind Spot: Recent Strategies in New Zealand Photography
Recent photography by an emerging generation of New Zealand artists.
He Rau Maharataka Whenua: A Memory of Land
Canterbury modernist landscape painting from the collections of Te Puna o Waiwhetū Christchurch Art Gallery, poignantly revised from within a Kāi Tahu perspective