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.
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...
Canterbury Museum opens its winter season exhibition Brilliant Brass this Friday. The new exhibition will surely delight music and brass band enthusiasts throughout Canterbury.
Canterbury has a long and proud history of brass banding dating back to the mid-19th Century. Well known bands were formed in suburbs or towns such as New Brighton and Woolston, Timaru and Ashburton. Private and workplace bands such as the Addington Workshop Band and the long-disbanded Toomber Boot Factory Band were also formed. Friendly rivalry developed into a healthy competitive spirit that continues today. The Woolston Brass Band (established in 1891) in particular went on to become world-renowned musical performers.
Visitors to Brilliant Brass can expect to see a range of instruments, uniforms, programmes, and banding paraphernalia including ‘Sid’s Cat’, the Woolston Brass Band mascot from 1923.
Canterbury Museum Human History Curator, Sarah Murray, says the exhibition celebrates the history of banding in Canterbury, including the...