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In this issue of Bulletin we feature an interview with London-based artist Francis Upritchard, who is interviewed by fellow Ilam graduate Tessa Giblin, recently appointed director of the Talbot Rice Gallery in Edinburgh. We also hear from artist Shannon Te Ao, winner of the 2016 Walters Prize, who talks to friend, fellow Walters Prize nominee and assistant curator Nathan Pohio. It’s a great introduction to the artist’s work.

Felicity Milburn looks at the ironic, self-deprecating humour that buoys Wayne Youle’s work – from provocative early works through to his huge Sydenham mural, I seem to have temporarily misplaced my sense of humour (2011) and the wry references to self-doubt found in ALONE TIME (2014). Curator Peter Vangioni explores the wonderful relief constructions of the late Don Peebles from the 1960s and 1970s. And curator Ken Hall uses his exhibition He Waka Eke Noa as a starting point to tell stories that show some of the complexity of a hitherto unprecedented movement of people.

Director Jenny Harper writes about her long association with Bridget Riley as a welcome for the Gallery’s new commission from the artist to mark our lengthy time of closure following the Canterbury earthquakes.

Pagework is a wonderfully odd work from James Oram, our Postcard comes from Emilie Sitzia in Maastricht, and My Favourite from Valerie Muir, widow of the first professional director of the Robert McDougall Art Gallery, Brian Muir (1943–1989).

Pages: 64

Dimensions: 265 x 215mm

Imprint: Christchurch Art Gallery Te Puna o Waiwhetū


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