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It’s hard to imagine buttoned up, pre-quake conservative Christchurch embracing epic street art murals, and yet here we are now five years later in the running for the title of ‘ The Southern Hemisphere’s street art capital’. Add the recent re-openings of local art palaces The Christchurch Art Gallery and CoCA alongside the hugely popular SPECTRUM Street Art Festival and the city’s flourishing suburban gallery and underground scenes, and Christchurch is booming as an art hub. Cityscape caught up with the people behind the city’s resurging art scene for the lowdown on Christchurch’s revamped art cred and what the future holds. An event as big as the quakes couldn’t help but affect the city’s art scene just as much as it affected all other aspects of life in the city, notes Centre of Contemporary Art’s (CoCA) new director and principal curator Paula Orrell, reflecting that the ‘contemporary’ has been redefined....
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Finding beauty in the discarded and vast emptiness, Christchurch artist Gail Batchelor’s upcoming exhibition Wearing Coats at Qb Studios features a fascinating collection of lyrical abstract paintings and monochromatic collage prints. This thought-provoking series, based on the peeling hulls of derelict fishing boats Batchelor found in Moeraki, is inspired by the many layered and broken surfaces of these retired vessels, their endless trips out to sea, and their quieter times of rejuvenation and repair. Utilising enamel paint to create vibrancy and resilience, the pieces are canvassed on wooden boards or aluminium sheeting. Batchelor deliberately layered and sanded back the works achieving the complexity of texture and colours reflective of the many hands that have worked on these boats, and of the accidental spills, the patches, and the continual cycle of wear and maintenance over time in one of nature’s most beautiful and mercurial environments. Also on exhibition will be prints...
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Christchurch-based artists Ed Lust and Alex Porter are behind ArtBox's new exhibition PORTALS, now on at the Madras St pop-up gallery. Lust and Porter take a departure from their usual work with the moving image and explore captured moments through paint and photographic print respectively, inviting the viewer to engage with abstract scenes within playful, surreal worlds. Ed Lust presents a pair of paintings, while Alex Porter provides two sets of prints; six framed black and white film stills captured from her last short film, ‘N or Nor W, study of a Canterbury wind’ (2012) and four framed binocular colour photo-montages titled ‘Dual Channel, pre-production study’(2014). The exhibition is on now at ArtBox and runs until the 7th of September. ArtBox is also running a raffle this month for a piece of Porter's work; visit the ArtBox Facebook page for further details...
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New at CPIT's ArtBox this week is Baker’s Dozen, a collaborative exhibition of works by third year Bachelor of Design students studying Visual Arts at CPIT.The students were given the freedom to pursue their own personal themes and ideas for the exhibition, and have produced a wide variety of work that spans a broad range of styles and media, making a visit to the exhibition a diverse and interesting one. Baker's Dozen will feature works from Candice Hamilton, Ashleigh Horrell, Jo Snell, Nina Brown, Lisa Isbister, Jay Skelton, Gareth Castillo, Allen Chen, Brenna Crump, Maryanne O'Reilly, Donna Stewart, Astrid Ayrey, and Aggie PalmerThe exhibition kicks off with an opening preview evening on Wednesday before running at ArtBox from the 31st of July until the 10th of August. Viewing hours at Artbox are Tue - Fri 10am-4pm and Sat/Sun 12 - 4pm....
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The weekend’s finally here CHCH and Mum’s the word for Sunday… we hope you’ve got that present sorted! Kick things off with some live music from Christoff and friends at Ferry Ale House from 9pm, the DnD Showband at Pierside Café also from 9pm, Kate Anastasiou at The Astro Lounge from 5:30pm, or The Black Velvet Band at The Bog from 11pm. Alternatively, you can head to the Metamorph Gallery at 6:30pm for Art of the Matter, an exhibition and silent auction of selected artworks from Peter Majendie and Wongi Wilson. On Saturday if you haven’t sorted that present get yourself down to Merivale Mall, The Colombo, The Tannery or Re:START Mall stat! Then celebrate World Fair Trade Day with free food, live music and games at the Trade Aid Shop in Merivale from 11am – 2pm, or get creative with a painting workshop at The Drawing Room from 5pm before...
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The National Gallery kicks off its exhibition year with two colourful exhibitions on Friday the 31st of January, with Mary Curtis presenting "Pick n Mix", a textural, eclectic collection of multiple pairs of earrings, and Nadene Carr offering a selection of New Necklaces – vibrant, one-off works that combine textiles and hand enamelling. The exhibitions of the two Auckland-based artists will run until the 22nd of February. Pieces in both exhibitions are for sale.Mary Curtis is an established maker and has exhibited both nationally and internationally. She is senior lecturer at Manukau School of Visual Arts – where her fellow exhibitor and emerging artist Nadene Carr graduated in 2010. Nadene was a recent participant in the mentoring programme “Handshake", where she worked with Dutch artist Lucy Sarneel. She has taken part in group exhibitions at The National, and nationally and overseas since graduating.Mary Curtis: Pick N Mix and Nadene Carr: New...
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Christchurch will be the canvas this summer when the Oi YOU! street art festival arrives this year to make the Garden City its permanent home, kicking things off this year with RISE at the Canterbury Museum. The museum will host the huge Oi YOU! collection of street art, featuring the southern hemisphere’s most comprehensive collection of work by internationally-recognised street artists (including 22 works by renowned l’enfant terrible Banksy). In addition, the museum will also play host to a show from New York-based artist Kid Zoom, and On The Street, a uniquely interactive ‘virtual street’ art piece extending across 400 square metres. Beyond the Museum, Big Walls will see a number of huge walls around the city transformed by some of the best street artists from home and abroad. Among the the stellar line-up will be ROA (pictured at above right in Johannesburg), whose work (featuring monochrome depictions of animals native...
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Free live music from local artists, art exhibitions, installations, performances and a night market are set to transform Re:START into both stage and art gallery for Art Beat again this summer. The second running of the three month programme of local art and music returns today (22nd of November) and runs through until the 23 February, helping to keep Christchurch entertained for an entire summer. There’s plenty of variety on the programme, which includes the thoughtful, the challenging, and the quirky. The Art Beat art programme gives young, emerging artists a chance to take their work beyond the art gallery infrastructure. Each artist has been challenged to make their work for Art Beat site specific and relevant to the context of Re:START. The Art Beat music programme presents live music every Friday, Saturday and Sunday, with an emphasis on supporting local original acoustic music and emerging Christchurch songwriters. Giving support to...
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Two new touring exhibitions arrive at The National from next Thursday the 6th June: Unnatural Acts, a curated collection which features the work of Australian jewellers Anna Davern, Caz Guiney, Kath Inglis, Bridget Kennedy, Peta Kruger, Sim Luttin, Natalia Milosz-Piekarska and Mark Vaarwerk; and Unnatural Tendencies, consisting of new individual and collaborative works from Melinda Young and Lauren Simeoni.  The launch of both exhibitions is from 5-7pm on the Thursday at The National, with Lauren Simeoni making the trip over from Adelaide for the opening on to speak about her collaborations with Melinda and the overall project. Don’t miss it! The National is also thrilled that Lauren will be staying on to take a very special workshop on Saturday the 8th June.  (Those interested in participating can contact the gallery directly for more information.) Unnatural Acts runs until the 1st of July, while Unnatural Tendencies will be on show until July...