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Kate Mayo, Singapore Airlines New Zealand

Kate Mayo, Singapore Airlines New Zealand

Gallery partner

I always admired people who were talented at art, who could tell a story, or sculpt something amazing or make you think or aspire to something else. That’s maybe why I like art – it makes me learn, discover and imagine. I visit galleries in NZ and overseas because they’re representative of the culture of that place …

Mike Stenhouse

Mike Stenhouse

Christchurch Art Gallery Foundation Chair

My love of art started at high school when visiting the Robert McDougall Art Gallery. I attended art classes there and tried unsuccessfully to discover any latent talent! I joined the Foundation board in 2008 and enjoy what it brings to the city. My all-time favourite artwork is Mountain Stream, Otira Gorge by van der Velden. It is bleak and powerful.

Penny Gough

Penny Gough

Christchurch Art Gallery Foundation

I’ve loved art as long I can remember. Growing up, my home was full of art and ever since it’s always been a part of my life. My favourite piece is Chapman’s Homer, especially because the whole city got behind the campaign to buy it for our city. I joined the Foundation board in February 2015 and love the work the Foundation is involved in. I was a part of the group that visited London in July and saw Bridget Riley’s work. The trip was life-changing and I absolutely can’t wait to see what she decides to do for Christchurch.

Chris Jones, Director of Bayleys Canterbury

Chris Jones, Director of Bayleys Canterbury

Chris Jones, Bayleys Canterbury

Strategic Partner

Personally, when we travel we try to buy a piece of art. We then put it on our wall and each day when we walk past it we think back to that trip, what we did in that town/village and what we loved about it. 

Christchurch Art Gallery Te Puna o Waiwehetū is a Canterbury icon. People are there to have fun, to explore and to have some time out away from the world and I like that. I also believe the building itself was a tower of strength following the earthquakes, a base to rebuild the city around.  

We have some fantastic artists in Canterbury and as the city rebuilds I hope we attract more. With the strain that technology can place on society I believe art is a wonderful temporary escape from the world.