Visual Art

A clear future for COCA

The Centre of Contemporary Art has helped many local artists establish their careers, including the likes of  Neil Dawson, Bruce Edgar, Ross Marwick and Boyd Webb, who had their graduate exhibition from the University of Canterbury School of Fine Arts there in June, 1971.

COCA to reopen February 2016

A work that changed the landscape

Evelyn Page, Summer Morn, 1929. Oil on canvas. Collection of Christchurch Art Gallery Te Puna o Waiwhetu, E Rosa Sawtell Bequest, 1940.

The Karamea Venus revealed

CoCA reopening delayed

The CoCA gallery building on Gloucester St during refurbishment in 2013.

The Centre of Contemporary Art has delayed its reopening by four months after discovering more work is needed on its Christchurch building.

The wonderland of contemporary Chinese art

East meets West at Sydney's White Rabbit Gallery in Eternity (2013) by Xu Zhen and Madeln Company. Buddhist images are transformed into the heads of Classical Greek sculptures in an artwork which crosses cultural boundaries.

Contemporary Chinese art - subversive, edgy and disturbing

Gormley statue on the Avon video

Artist Sir Antony Gormley's human form sculpture after being fixed into place in the middle of the Avon River by Alan Murray, left, and Benn Clothier, both of Piletech.

A statue designed by British sculptor Sir Antony Gormley has been installed in Christchurch.

Building closer artistic relations

Michael Parekowhai's inflatable bunny Cosmo McMurtry is one New Zealand work that has already made its way across the Tasman to Sydney's Art Gallery of New South Wales.

FoNZA opens new doors for Kiwi artists

More than just a sign of hope

Martin Creed 's EVERYTHING IS GOING TO BE ALRIGHT's understated pessimism should connect perfectly with frustrated and ambitious Christchurch residents, believes Warren Feeney.

OPINION: Creed's Alright - art's equivalent of a Keep Calm and Carry On mug

Painted love

Matt Fennell's Untitled (mural), part of the Plastic Memory exhibition which is on display at The Colombo until October 11.

A new generation of artists are drawing on their childhood loves to make collectable works

'Ironic' message of hope

British artist Martin Creed has used the same phrase in a number of neon artworks in cities like New York, Rome and Detroit.

A witty and defiant message of hope will gleam across central Christchurch in blazing neon letters more than a metre tall.

Artist sees world through dad's eyes

Birdlings Flat artist Lisa Wilkins-Pirika won a gold medal for her paintings at the World Art Games this month.

Lisa Wilkins-Pirika wanted to show her late father the World Art Games in Slovakia, so she made his glass eye into a bracelet.

Sculptures no waste of money

A computer generated image showing how Antony Gormley's STAY sculpture will look on the surface of the Avon River in central Christchurch.

OPINION: Buying art for a city severely deprived of beauty is not a waste of public money.

Museum in a reflective moood

Canterbury Museum exhibition Mirror Magic allows visitors to experiment and explore "the amazing properties of mirrors in fun and exciting ways".

Mirror Magic at the Canterbury Museum these school holidays

An anniversary worth celebrating

Artist Natalia Saegusa grew up in Ashburton and was a regular visitor to the public art gallery in her formative years.

In looking back at its past, Ashburton Art Gallery is firmly focused on a bright future

Drawing inspiration from life imitating art

Jason Greig, While heaven sleeps (2015), oil on board (and cropped here to fit electronic image size). An exhibition of Greig and Doc Ross's works is being held at  Chambers 241 gallery until September 19.

Printmaker fascinated by the curious and ominous

Architecture and film combine in Town Hall exhibition

Charles Luney, aged 97, in 2002.

When Charles Luney was interviewed in 2003, the master builder had no idea disaster would befall his creations.

Lowe's commitment to art pays off

Christchurch printmaker Kim Lowe's, Schoon's Birds and Radiola is among her works being exhibited at the Sydney Contemporary International Art Fair from September 10 to 13.

Sydney Contemporary International Art Fair beckons for Christchurch printmaker

Beach zone faces in arty quizz

Paul Johns comes face to face with his portrait, painted by Ina Ludick

New Brighton faces form the basis of a beachy quiz

Master potters and their ways with clay

Rick Rudd, Teapot 2 (Yellow).

Steve Fullmer, John Parker and Rick Rudd are senior New Zealand potters and between the three of them, have been exhibiting their work for more than 120 years to critical respect and acclaim.

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.

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