L-shaped pavilion first out of the Art Box

Last updated 05:00 27/02/2013
Christchurch Art Boxes
JOHN KIRK-ANDERSON/Fairfax NZ

CREATIVE SPACE: Art Boxes on the corner of Madras and St Asaph streets.

Relevant offers

The Rebuild

New concept Farmers store for central Christchurch Medical Assurance Society fighting two multimillion-dollar earthquake proceedings New St Albans community centre design out for public to have a say 2700 Waimakariri properties at 'high risk' of flood in natural hazards maps Superette among new stores for ANZ Centre in Christchurch retail precinct Canterbury's best buildings: Regional architecture award winners announced February new date for The Terrace Spend on convention centre hits $16 million Southern Response class action hopes to return to High Court Concept design of new $36.5m QEII rec centre released

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."

Ad Feedback

- The Press

Comments

Special offers
Opinion poll

Is it worth spending extra to repair heritage buildings?

Yes, Christchurch needs to invest in its heritage buildings

No, we should embrace modern design if it is cheaper and quicker

Only some heritage buildings are worth the money

Vote Result

Related story: Landmark church nearly $1m short

Featured Promotions

Sponsored Content