L-shaped pavilion first out of the Art Box

Last updated 05:00 27/02/2013
Christchurch Art Boxes
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CREATIVE SPACE: Art Boxes on the corner of Madras and St Asaph streets.

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The first in a series of Art Boxes designed to provide Christchurch's arts community with central city studio, retail and exhibition space will open today.

Organised by the Christchurch Polytechnic Institute of Technology and designed by F3 Design, the L-shaped mobile, modular steel-framed pavilion is the first of 18 to be built on a site at the corner of St Asaph and Madras streets.

It is the first step in creating a temporary central Christchurch arts hub; a window for an arts community battered by a succession of earthquakes.

The new pavilion's external panels feature photographs of works by David Woodings, Philip Trusttum and Wayne Youle. Inside, two cubes have been arranged into an exhibition space rising to 6 metres and lit by translucent window panels.

Artists Roger Boyce, Joanna Braithwaite and Ronnie van Hout will feature in the opening show.

The second, and biggest, Art Box is expected to be built by the end of May.

The project has already attracted wide interest, according to CPIT faculty manager Martin Trusttum, with five different groups already indicating their keenness to take part.

"A selection jury will release a schedule of exhibitions soon and we are working towards establishing a Friends of Art Box group to strengthen links with the community."

"The arts are an essential part of packaging this city," Trusttum said.

"The opening of the first Art Box will start building momentum for what will be an exciting future."

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