With a personal interest in nineteenth-century European and New Zealand art, I was especially keen to see Endless Light soon after it opened. It features twenty-two oil paintings, all of which are drawn from the Gallery’s historic collection. The works date from between the seventeenth century and early twentieth century, capturing... Keep Reading
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There will be an audio described performance of Mary Poppins on Wednesday 14 October 2020 at 7.30pm at The Civic theatre in Auckland. Keep Reading
Inclusive Creative Dance for children provides the opportunity to explore the use of imagination, self-expression and creativity while developing skills through the language of movements. As a part of the multimodal Arts Expression the class includes art-making inspiration. Keep Reading
Welcome back to the Kapiti Indoor Market! Come along and join us and enjoy the variety of locally made quality products. We have it all, Arts and Crafts. Coffee and food trucks, bouncy castle there is something for everyone! With over 100 stalls the market creates an enjoyable shopping experience for customers who want to browse a vast... Keep Reading
Come into the woods for the Royal New Zealand Ballet’s playful new interpretation of the classic tale Goldilocks and the Three Bears. All the family will enjoy the familiar tale of bears, chairs, mystery and mischief in the perfect introduction to storytelling in dance. This performance is an opportunity for children and adults with... Keep Reading
Towards the end of 2019 Christchurch City Council launched a new arts policy and strategy for the city and its residents. Toi Ōtautahi – Strategy for the Arts and Creativity in Ōtautahi Christchurch replaced its well overdue 2001 predecessor with a well-researched consultative document with attitude. Toi Ōtautahi/... Keep Reading
NZ Bear Hunt It’s not overly clear where the phenomenon of teddy bears in windows to cheer up people in their bubbles of pandemic self-isolation came from. It was already popular overseas before the Facebook page “We're Not Scared - NZ Bear Hunt” appeared (it has around 8000 followers) and Prime Minister Jacinda... Keep Reading
Maurice Askew (1921-2020). Designer, Filmmaker and Teacher Maurice Askew was appointed Lecturer in Design at the University of Canterbury’s School of Fine Arts in 1962 by Professor John Simpson who, since his arrival at the SFA three years earlier, was in the process of redesigning its curriculum. Askew’s... Keep Reading
Uncomfortable Silence How many times have you been to an art exhibition where it becomes evident that art and artists in day jobs distinctly blur lines of focus? It is a theme that comes through in Uncomfortable Silence, a group exhibition curated by Holly Best at the Christchurch Art Gallery Te Puna o Waiwhetū. It is a... Keep Reading
Christchurch Art Seen No city in Aotearoa New Zealand knows better than Christchurch that at times of crisis people reach-out to the arts. This has happened once more in the Covid-19 lockdown period. What we also see is that the arts reach back into the community. For Christchurch Art Seen this has occurred through continuing weekly... Keep Reading
Sarah Laing, The Covid-19 Diaries Sarah Laing describes herself as a cartoonist, fiction writer, illustrator, graphic designer and mother of three. Her cartoons and comic books are autobiographical, covering all aspects of the days of her life. From 26 March she began The Covid-19 Diaries, an online journal with pictures... Keep Reading
I’m getting into the rhythm of being at home and having time to be in my studio - day after day! It’s still frighteningly easy to get distracted, so many books to be read and blockbuster series to watch and news to tune in to. Still there are no excuses. So the studio has been tidied and the work is... Keep Reading
Interdisciplinary artist and resident of Eastern Christchurch, Melissa Macleod’s solo exhibition as the 2019 recipient of the Zonta Ashburton Female Art Award,The Trappings of Ghosts has seen the artist, capturing the fresh sea east of Wakanui Beach, east of Ashburton in 48 enormous bags installed in its public... Keep Reading