Seeing Red

Life dealt me the recessive gene MC1R (only achievable through both sides of the family) and I arrived with a 'reddish' hue to my hair - together with the obligatory pale skin and, a few years later, a mass of freckles. I managed to avoid the 'Tudor' blue eyes so I actually have discernible eyebrows…
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Haere rā Peter Gossage

With great sadness, we share the news that beloved author & master Maori storyteller Peter Gossage has passed away. pic.twitter.com/kDTIQ85FFx — Penguin Random House (@PenguinRandomNZ) August 1, 2016 Haere rā to Peter Gossage who died last weekend. His stories and art are familiar to many New Zealanders, and Peter was renowned for retelling the myths…
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Your life as an artist

There are three stages to your life as an artist: young and artistic; middle-aged and completely useless; and the Third Age in which you will do anything to stave off dementia. According to research, Seniors (in addition to exercising, eating well, doing crossword puzzles and cleaning their teeth with turmeric) are being exhorted to take…
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Liz Pichon: ”Drawing, writing, painting – I have the best job in the world!”

If you are travelling down the northern motorway into Christchurch in the mornings and spot a person in the car parallel to yours chuckling uncontrollably, you might be looking at a librarian who is listening to an audiobook. Similar unexpected outbursts of laughter can happen at some other times, during lunch breaks in the staff…
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Open for business – an interview with Lara Strongman, Christchurch Art Gallery

The Christchurch Art Gallery re-opened on Saturday 19 December 2015, and has had record visit numbers ever since. Their latest publication is 101 works of art, beautifully designed by Aaron Beehre, features texts by Lara Strongman, Ken Hall, Felicity Milburn, Nathan Pohio, Peter Vangioni and Jenny Harper. Lara Strongman is the senior curator of the…
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Abandoned places & Bio art: Cool picks from the selectors

Abandoned Places: 60 Stories of Places Where Time Stood Still Illustrated liberally and with short articles this is a great book for the armchair traveller. Chernobyl is of course featured, but there are a surprisingly large amount of places that have been abandoned because of environmental disasters as well as urban migration. Interestingly Waiuta in…
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Off the shelf (3)

As followers of our blog will know, voracious reader Robyn has been sharing with us on a regular basis the titles that she has been adding to her For Later shelf. This time she reports back on some of the titles that have graduated to her Completed shelf. Some lovely books that have come off the…
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The outdoor art gallery

When I first moved to Christchurch, there were very few wall murals and the outdoor sculptures were just statues of monarchs or founding fathers. For my art fix, I headed off to the Robert McDougall Art Gallery, tucked in behind the museum in the Botanic Gardens. It was a lovely building, full of many wondrous…
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