Art and Stage

Creating a meaningful experience

Grayson Perry, Portrait Claire, 2014, photograph: Pal Hanson

My Pretty Little Art Career offers up a comprehensive mid-career survey exhibition of Grayson Perry's work

This week's Go Guide

Quidam comes to Christchurch this week.

From the Coast to Coast to Classical Sparks there's plenty happening in Christchurch this weekend

Shakespeare for the masses succeeds

Top Dog Theatre's Hamlet is being performed at Mona Vale until February 20.

REVIEW: Hamlet condensed into a pacy two-hour, open-air romp

Arts precinct vision released

The proposed $14 million Piano Centre for Music and Arts, which will be the first new building in the performing arts precinct.

The city council has released its vision for the performing arts precinct.

CoCA gallery returns

Austrian artist Erwin Wurm’s Organisation of Love is a ‘‘living sculpture’’, which invites participants to pair up and attempt to hold an assortment of plastic bottles filled with liquid in place in the space between their bodies.

Christchurch's Centre of Contemporary Art (CoCA) will reopen on Saturday after a five-year absence.

Artist returns to fix tagged mural gallery video

Artist Ash Keating returned to Manchester St on Saturday to revamp his mural after it was tagged recently.

A prominent mural in central Christchurch has been given a new lease of life.

Theatre Review: Winston's Birthday

Yvonne Martin and Geoffrey Heath star in Court Theatre production Winston's Birthday.

Winston's Birthday is simply the story of a dysfunctional family; equally flawed and stubborn as its patriarch.

Trio deliver fabulous entertainment

The Mozart Narropera Trio, German artists Dorothee Jansen (soprano) and Hanns Heinz Odenthal (violin) and Cantabrian Haydn Rawstron (piano and narrator), provided terrific entertainment on Thursday night.

REVIEW: Narropera's Figaro a winning package

Dame Kiri firmly focused on the future

Dame Kiri says she never loses sight of New Zealand being her birthplace, her home, and where her roots are.

Dame Kiri Te Kanawa on her NZ tour, her beloved dogs, and why she finds selfies horrible.

This week's Go Guide

Chinese New Year celebrations begin at Te Hapua Halswell Centre this week.


A wizard production

Maddie Harris is Dorothy and Jesse Ranson works Toto in the Anthony Harper Summer Theatre production of The Wonderful Wizard of Oz.

Review: First-rate, fast-paced theatre - and it's free

Home needed for Ngai Tahu art

A decade ago, Te Papa held a celebration of Ngai Tahu art. Now it's time for a permanent South Island home for such a collection, argues Christopher Moore.

OPINION: Ngai Tahu creativity needs to be recognised and shared.

Vast Emptiness offers many surprises

Rita Angus, Akaroa Hills, 1943, Collection of the Christchurch Art Gallery Te Puna o Waiwhetu,  N. Barrett Bequest Collection, purchased 2010.

A Christchurch Art Gallery exhibition of Cantebury landscapes reveals a deeply felt connection between the artists and their subjects

Winston a uniting force

Yvonne Martin and Geoffrey Heath star in The Court Theatre's latest production Winston's Birthday.

The pulling power of Winston Churchill has helped bring two of the South Island’s professional theatre groups together

Mainland misses out on Ben Harper

Album commitments mean Ben Harper & The Innocent Criminals will not be visiting our shores now until next summer.

Tour delay means Christchurch won't get to see Ben Harper & The Innocent Criminals

Cuban Brothers bring party to NZ

UK's the Cuban Brothers' show is a mix of comedy, dance and music.

Meet the band Elton John and Richard Branson look to when they throw a bash.

Taggers strike street art show

The Spectrum street art exhibition at the YMCA in Hereford Street has attracted 30,000 people since it opened on December 12.

Taggers have struck the Spectrum street art exhibition, defacing a sign in the show's foyer.

Cirque prepares to farewell Quidam

New Zealand marks the final stop for the near 20-year-old Cirque du Soleil show Quidam.

Life backstage at Cirque du Soleil's Quidam 

Summer theatre offers fun classic

Maddie Harris is Dorothy and Jesse Ranson works Toto in The Wonderful Wizard of Oz at the Riccarton House grounds.

Free family entertainment is back in the Riccarton House grounds with a new theatre production of The Wonderful Wizard of Oz.

Rain hits buskers visitor numbers

Kiwi busker Sport Suzie performs on her unicycle in the Big Top in Hagley Park on a rainy day at the World Buskers Festival.

Visitor numbers were halved by rain and high winds during the World Buskers Festival.

Taggers need tar and feathering

Tagging of public art, such as Ash Keating's wall mural Concrete Proposition in Manchester St, shouldn't be simply shrugged off as an inevitable feature of urban life as we currently know it.

OPINION: OPINION: Vandalism is an ugly, mindless blot on any town or city

British artist's New Zealand inspiration

Christchurch artist Ruth Killoran will feature at the upcoming Waikuku Artists Incorporated exhibition in early February.

Christchurch-based artist to display what her adopted home has helped her accomplish in upcoming exhibit.

This week's Go Guide

Broadway superstar Sutton Foster is performing a one-off show in Christchurch this week.

Broadway star's one-off show amongst the week's highlights in Christchurch

Jamie Lawson returns to Christchurch for solo show

British singer-songwriter Jamie Lawson will tour Australasia in April.

Jamie Lawson had never met his New Zealand relatives, but when his career brought him to Christchurch, the singer had an opportunity he'd never imagined.

Mural vandals tracked down video

The artwork on Manchester St was presumably tagged using a fire extinguisher filled with white paint.

Amateur sleuths help track down taggers who destroyed public artwork in central Christchurch.

Making opera more accessible

The Mozart Narropera Trio, German artists Dorothee Jansen (soprano) and Hanns Heinz Odenthal (violin) and Cantabrian Haydn Rawstron (piano and narrator), will perform unique versions of three of the Austrian composer's operas at Lansdown House over the next month.

Lansdown Summer Festival returns for a 10-concert season

Court forging ahead with Wizard show

A new interpretation of The Wonderful Wizard of Oz will be performed in the grounds of Riccarton House from February 3 to 21.

Free family fun at Riccarton House this February

Behind the corrugations

Jeff Thomson's 1992 Morris Minor creation is one of the centrepieces of an exhibition of his work at the Canterbury Museum. Courtesy of Jeff Thomson and Shone Cameron.

Jeff Thomson's Corrugations inspiration came from very long walks

Exhibition marks five years

Bloom is being held at the Canterbury Museum from February 1.

Canterbury Museum exhibition commemorating February 2011 earthquake anniversary to open.

In praise of the graphic novel

Art Spiegelman's Maus was the first title that hooked Christopher Moore into the world of graphic novels.

OPINION: Why a graphic novel does not herald a midlife crisis or should be dismissed lightly

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