Visual Art

Bob's not your uncle

Lisa Walker, Anna’s Best Friend is Russian Bob’s Mother, Photograph courtesy of The National.

Self-expression informs the work of one of New Zealand's most influential contemporary jewellers, Lisa Walker.

CPIT art students show life in 3D

Third year Applied Visual Arts students in the Bachelor of Design programme, CPIT, combine elements of 3D and Print Studies in an exhibition demonstrating a range of techniques and concepts. Artwork by Aggie Palmer.

Bruce Russell, manager of CPIT’s Art and Design School, talks about the school's priorities and initiatives.

A fine balance at the school of art

Melissa McLeod, Ark.

A scale-model house upended and balanced like a diamond on the edge on a plinth at the Ilam Campus Gallery.

The wonders of watercolours

Rita Angus, Mountains, Cass (1936), watercolour. Presented by Robert Erwin in 1985 in memory of Lawrence Baigent.

When the Christchurch Art Gallery reopens this summer, the exhibition In the vast emptiness will put the spotlight on 20th century Canterbury landscape painting.

Kaiapoi leading arts boom in North Canterbury

Mary Kelleher, The Mill is Kaiapoi, 2015 (mixed media).

The population shift to North Canterbury post-quakes has led to an arts boom in the region.

Filmmaker's tai chi master tribute

Filmmaker Robin Greenberg's film Return of the Free China Junk premieres in Christchurch on August 8 at the NZ International Film Festival.

New Zealand filmmaker pays tribute to history-making Christchurch tai chi master.

Doubt over gallery reopening

As sections of Christchurch's Art Gallery are repaired, more extensive damage continues to be discovered.

The planned end-of-year reopening of the Christchurch Art Gallery may have to be delayed

Cradle of Filth: T-shirt exhibition 'weird'

British extreme metal band Cradle of Filth, creators of rock's most controversial clothing item.

In February a T-shirt on display at Canterbury Museum shocked not only Christchurch but the band behind it.

Banksy does New York

An artwork by British artist Banksy in the Coney Island area of New York City was part of his informal month-long residency in the city.

It started with a photograph posted on a website and ended in a media frenzy, a piece of living street theatre and condemnation from the Mayor of New York.

Aggregate shows sculptors of the future

Showing at the Ilam Campus Gallery now is Student Series 1 - 2015. After The Nature: A Remix of Fragility. Janie Bruce, Olivia Chamberlain, Donna Patterson and Mandy Joass.

My trusty Oxford Dictionary defines aggregate as "a collection of, or total of, disparate elements; a mass of minerals formed into solid rock". Hardly inspirational but the sculpture students at the University of Canterbury's School of Fine Arts, Ilam, are an inventive crew. They have taken a prosaic word, shaken it vigorously, turned it upside down and distilled it into their annual Christchurch exhibition.

The many faces of Tony Oursler

Sang, a work by Tony Oursler.

Continuing our series about works in the Christchurch Art Gallery collection, today we look at a work by Tony Oursler.

East meets west in erotic exhibition

Christchurch-based print-maker Aiko Robinson, who has an R18 exhibition of erotic Japanese-inspired prints at PG Gallery.

Aiko Robinson admits that it may take the viewer a moment to identify the sexual imagery within her work.

Honest drawing appeals to Douglas Stichbury

Douglas Stichbury has work in an exhibition titled Paper Plus in Christchurch this month.

Winner of the 2014 national drawing award, the Parkin Prize, Douglas Stichbury says that he likes drawing because of its honesty.

Performing arts building opens

Rangi Ruru dance teacher Hannah Clarkson, right, shows off the new Fitzgerald Dance Studio to Kerri Fitzgerald. The studio was named after Fitzgerald, who taught dance at the school.

Rangi Ruru's new performing arts building has been officially opened.

Adventures in skater art with Chippy and Dirk

Auckland artist Dirk in residence at Embassy earlier this month as part of the First Thursdays event.

Auckland zine artists, printmakers and illustrators, Dirk Peterson and Chippy (Chris Hutchinson) made their first visit to Christchurch earlier this month and were enthused about what they discovered.

Sydney v Christchurch art

Everything about Australia is better says his Sydney-side friend.

When a Sydney friend said that he envied artists in Christchurch, I assumed that he was adding a heaped teaspoon of Australian cynicism to our morning coffee.

Neil Dawson on public art

Neil Dawson's sculpture Fanfare montage in situ at Chaney's Corner at night. Image courtesy of Neil Dawson.

Sculptor says Christchurch has made progress in its relationship with public art.

Artful post-quake 'lines'

Artist in her studio. Natalia Saegusa wears 6x4.

Four weeks after Natalia Saegusa moved to Christchurch the 2011 earthquake struck.

Vivid ideas for Christchurch

Vivid Ideas: Brainstorming at 'Upskill to Upcycle', Museum of Contemporary Art, Circular Quay

Christchurch could be inspired by Sydney's Vivid Festival of light, music and ideas.

Quake-shattered home reborn

First Contact, First Installation exhibition in Bealey Ave, Christchurch

How did artists and curators, Sophie Bannan, Sophie Davis and Grace Ryder manage to establish the artists-run space, North Projects in seven days with a six month exhibition programme?

Legacy of paintings, adventure

Christchurch artist Tui McBeath died of motor neurone disease, aged 67. She left a legacy of beautiful works.

Tui McBeath was a woman unafraid of pursuing adventure.

'Proud to be an outsider'

Philippa Blair, Fast Arrow, 2012, Oil on canvas

Once described as "international rather than local", painter Philippa Blair is pleased to be home.

Following in his father's footsteps

New School of Fine Arts director Aaron Kreisler is following in his artist father's footsteps.

Aaron Kreisler is now head of the school where his artist father was taught a generation before him.

Poignant acts of remembrance

A small field of white crosses and poppies in Cranmer Square was one of many acts of remembrance in Christchurch.

Can artistry adequately imagine the unimaginable? No, but it can evoke the lasting human impact of events.

Sculpting Christchurch's future

British Artist Anthony Gormley with his work, Room, in London.

By year’s end, Christchurch will be Gormless no longer.

Artist 'a perfect fit'

British sculptor Antony Gormley is creating a new artwork in Christchurch. His Event Horizon artwork in New York City in 2010 featured 31 statues installed across the city.

Renowned British sculptor Antony Gormley is creating a new public artwork for Christchurch.

Street art as fine art?

TAGS TO RICHES: The Panic Room by French artist Tilt at the YMCA.

OPINION: Relocating an art form from the street to a gallery is problematic.

Street art pulls in crowds

WELCOME TO CHRISTCHURCH: Street art is going up around the city, including this piece by Dcypher on Welles Street.

Street artists create new colourful work on walls in Christchurch, attracting thousands of people.

Street art museum 'a world first'

EYES HAVE IT: Canterbury Museum director Anthony Wright, street art festival director George Shaw and YMCA Christchurch chief executive Josie Ogden Schroeder talk in front of street art by Rone.

One of the largest collections of Banksy artworks in the world could soon have a permanent home in Christchurch.

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