Visual Art

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.

This week's Go Guide

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


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

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.

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.

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.

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

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

A quietly classical presence

Persimmon (Study of a Racehorse), Betty Harrison (1912-1937),  Courtesy of Christchurch Art Gallery, gift of J.H. McGregor, 2008. Painted plaster, circa 1930.

Statue's backstory highlights the fragile nature of art and life

Ban the barbarians (and their phones)

The "art gallery selfie" is on the rise around the globe.

OPINION: OPINION: Why direct action is needed to stamp out the "art gallery selfie"

Group provides artistic sounding board

The Critique Group Christchurch's current Upfront exhibition includes works by the likes of Paul Deans, Sarah Harper, Anne Fountain and Jenny Lee.

A long-running Christchurch group prove that making art can be a very social activity.

Solidarity Grid lighting the way

This lamppost was given to Christchurch by Japan's Sendai as a symbol of solidarity between the two disaster-ravaged cities.

Walking down Christchurch's Park Tce has become a globe-trotting experience, thanks to a new SCAPE project.

YMCA embracing a wider Spectrum

Selina Miles' Perspectives forms part of Spectrum - a celebration of street art at Christchurch's YMCA.

Spectrum proves street art is more than just vandalism

Darkened Sky brought back to life

Petrus van der Velden, Nor'western Sky (1890), Oil on canvas, Presented by Miss Van Asch, 1938.

Nor'western Sky : A piece of the Avon poeticised

The bull comes home

On First Looking into Chapman's Homer by Michael Parekowhai attracted crowds on Madras St in 2012.

Michael Parekowhai's sculptures became a symbol of Christchurch's creative rebirth.

Reopening proves appetite for art

The Christchurch Art Gallery has proved popular with visitors since re-opening in December.

OPINION: Opinion: Heartening Christchurch Art Gallery restart must be built on

Ad led to tagger destroying artwork, says artist

First an advertisement was put on top of it, now a tagger has destroyed Ash Keating's mural on Manchester St, Christchurch.

"Disregard" for destroyed Christchurch artwork started when ad installed on it, Gap Filler says.

Reopened art gallery tops 40,000 mark

More than 40,000 people have visited the Christchurch Art Gallery since it reopened last month.

Jenny Harper didn’t know what sort of response to expect when the Christchurch Art Gallery reopened just before Christmas.

From wildlife to street life video

The artwork is on a large wall at the Re:Start mall in central Christchurch.

A Canterbury conservationist has been honoured with a large street art mural in central Christchurch.

Artist's mural to lead Belfast Community Network developments

Christchurch artist Jake Clark has donated his artwork to the public at the Belfast Pool.

Local artist donates mural at Belfast Pool

Finally a collection worthy of the city

Bill Culbert, Bebop, 2013, Furniture, fluorescent tubes, electrical components, wire, sheet glass. Purchased with assistance from Gabrielle Tasman and the Christchurch Art Gallery Trust.

OPINION: Gallery's closure has allowed them to reinvestigate their permanent collection

More white knights needed for arts

Lady Adrienne Stewart has been a great supporter of the Christchurch arts scene, but who will take her place in the generations to come?

OPINION: OPINION: Who will champion the arts in Christchurch in the future?

Controversy bookends the year in arts

Canterbury Museum played host to the controversial T-Shirts Unfolding exhibition.

OPINION: 2015 proved art still has the power to shock in Christchurch

Without creativity Christchurch would be 'dead and rotting'

Kiwi Jungle by Flox, one of the works in the Spectrum street art exhibition at the YMCA in Hereford Street.

OPINION: The city emerging from the rubble is more exciting than ever.

Gallery naming an art in itself

Wilhelmus Ruifrok, Terraces, oil on canvas.

New Lyttelton art gallery was in the works for six years

A city reunited with art

Curator Felicity Milburn directs the hanging of Frances Hodgkins’s painting Houses and Outhouses, Purbeck 1938. Oil on canvas. On loan from the British Council Collection, London.

Christchurch people are about to be reunited with an art collection hidden from sight for nearly five years.

Another view of Antarctica

Anne Noble Wilhelmina Bay, Antarctica, 2005. Photograph Collection of Christchurch Art Gallery Te Puna o Waiwhetu.

OPINION: Anna Noble's photographs capture the "alien space" of Antarctica

Solidarity provides light relief

Featuring a growing number of individual street lights representing global cities, Mischa Kuball's Solidarity Grid has been brightening up Park Terrace since it was launched in 2013.

OPINION: Park Terrace project shows the importance of putting the fun back into public art

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