Phoenix: A Celebration of Creative Wellbeing exhibition

Phoenix: A celebration of creative wellbeing is an exhibition showcasing work by artists from Ōtautahi Creative Spaces' Room 5. It is on display in the Exhibition Space on Hapori Level 1 in Tūranga until Sunday 11 August. The exhibition’s theme of transformation is expressed through the mythical story of the firebird Phoenix, which arose from the ashes and symbolizes regeneration, strength and renewal.
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Diego and Frida: A smile in the middle of the way – exhibition and events

South Library will play host to a stunning exhibition of photos of artists Frida Kahlo and Diego Rivera from Friday 26 October to Sunday 11 November. Diego and Frida: A Smile in the Middle of the Way takes an intimate look at the life and relationship between Frida Kahlo and Diego Rivera, as seen through the…
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Mother Nature: Giving us everything we need to create beautiful, natural, art

The chill of frosty mornings. Puddles to splash in. Trees a-flame with orange, red, and yellow leaves... and the crunch of those leaves underfoot. There's no doubt about it. Autumn is here, and she's arrived in all her glory. Sure, she's on her way out, and the early-morning frosts are starting to creep in, but…
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Cool stuff from the selectors: Designer dogs, Dickens and decluttering

The Art of Winnie-the-Pooh: How E.H. Shepard Illustrated an Icon. By James Campbell The Art of Winnie-the-Pooh The collaboration between the writer A.A Milne and illustrator  E.H. Shepard was unheard of at the time, and led to an iconic series of books where story and illustration became synonymous with our enjoyment of Pooh, Piglet, Christopher…
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Paemanu: Ka Nohoaka Toi

Ngāi Tahu artists have transformed CoCA Gallery. On a recent visit I was captivated by the rock art images drawn on the walls. The drawings, by Ross Hemera, are inspired by ancient rock art. Fascinating pieces of sculpture and projections also rim the gallery walls and interior.  Ngāi Tahu artists from Aotearoa and around the…
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The winners of the My Very Own Hungry Caterpillar colouring-in competition

We're happy to announce the winners of the My Very Own Hungry Caterpillar (for ages 0 to 12 years) competition. It was a difficult task to judge, as the entries were outstanding. WINNERS These prizewinners get family passes to The Very Hungry Caterpillar Show at the beautiful Isaac Theatre Royal. HIGHLY COMMENDED Congratulations to our two Highly…
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Canterbury Society of Arts formed in 1880 on the 8th of July

A group of community-minded men had an initial meeting in late June 1880 to discuss how to organise and promote art within Canterbury. They felt that the rapidly growing centre of Christchurch needed some form of cultural organisation, and Auckland and Dunedin already had Art Societies. A sub-committee of three was elected to draft up…
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