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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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The local art scene did it tough for a while after the quakes, with lack of suitable spaces in particular a real problem, but necessity being the mother of invention (particularly in resilient art circles), we’ve seen it bounce back well, with artistic havens popping up in all sorts of places. With the work of so many outstanding local artists showcased within easy reach, there’s really no excuse for not knowing the local talent – so get out there and uncover the next big thing! Svetlana Orinko, Japonica Blossoms: Bryce Gallery. Central City We may be waiting on the Arts Centre, Christchurch Art Gallery (soon!) and CoCA Gallery (very soon!) to re-open, but that doesn’t mean the central city is bereft of art – far from it. There’s plenty of spectacular new street art to check out, but a whole host of formal establishments, too. Drop into the unique Auricle sound...
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Burst, flip and wobble your way to Christchurch Art Gallery’s mind-bending exhibit at ArtBox. Burster Flipper Wobbler Dripper Spinner Stacker Shaker Maker — eight energetic words that perfectly sum up the wacky, family-focused art explosion at ArtBox. Open since February, the exhibition continues until September, and it’s well worth getting along to check it out if you haven’t yet – doubly so if you’ve got some kids in tow.Christchurch Art Gallery Deputy Director Blair Jackson says the exhibition offers a vivid sense of artists as makers — asking questions, taking risks and exploring the possibilities of their materials.“That crazy title really does sum up what the exhibition is all about — the shape-shifting, experimental and seriously playful work of making art,” he says. “This is very much one for children and families to make the most of.”Burster Flipper Wobbler Dripper Spinner Stacker Shaker Maker (try saying it five times fast) sees...
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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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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...