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He Hononga | Connection, Ground Floor
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Te Pito Huarewa / Southbase Gallery
Located on Tuakiri | Identity, Level 2, Tūranga, Te Pito Huarewa / Southbase Gallery houses exhibitions that reflect the cultural identity and history of Christchurch and Canterbury.
Find out about upcoming exhibitions at Tūranga.
Humans of Christchurch / Ōtautahi (Saturday 17 December 2022 to Sunday 12 March 2023)
Everyone has a story. This exhibition features honest stories about everyday people; stories that encourage us look at our city through fresh eyes. These stories connect us and reveal a diverse community of shared experiences.
Tūhura Tuarangi – Aotearoa in Space 11 to 26 February 2023
The space science showcase that is out of this world. Tūhura Tuarangi is packed with hands-on activities. You will get to build a satellite, launch a rocket, and see how you can create energy out of water. The whole whānau can get up close with ion thrusters, a four-billion-year-old meteor and part of a secret Russian space craft. There are also virtual reality experiences where you can take your first giant leaps into space and explore the entire solar system. Discover the amazing space technologies, learn about space related careers and, world-leading research going on right here in Aotearoa, New Zealand.
Bought to Tūranga by the Tūhura Otago Museum team.
Find out about previous exhibitions at Te Pito Huarewa / Southbase Gallery, Tūranga.
In search of Ngaio: Life and work of Dame Ngaio Marsh (27 August to 27 November 2022)
Dame Ngaio Marsh is probably New Zealand’s most well-known writer.
Ōtautahi’s own Queen of Crime Ngaio Marsh sold two million copies of detective novels internationally. She was an established theatre director, a mentor, an artist, a friend. Publicly enigmatic, yet fiercely private independent woman, whose life was divided between hemispheres, she dedicated her hard work, talent and time to people and arts she loved the most.
The exhibition will uncover Dame Ngaio Marsh’s work and life as a crime writer, theatre director, a painter and a mentor.
Amongst the material gathered from Ngaio Marsh House and Heritage Trust, St Margaret’s College, Alexander Turnbull Library, Ngā Taonga Sound and Vision and Christchurch City Libraries, a keen detective eye will be able to find rare manuscripts and writing notes (she burnt most of them!), play production books, her own artwork as well as the artwork of The Group and even a beret – her signature style accessory.
Te Ao Hou: A Moment in Time (16 April to 7 August 2022)
A timely moment to celebrate the tenacity and elegance of the Māori spirit through this new exhibition. It centres the magazine Te Ao Hou: The New World and 2022 marks the 70th anniversary since the first volume was published.
Come and be welcomed into the exhibition that explores the treasures of Te Ao Hou.
Karanga – Nau mai, haere mai. The call of welcome, the voice that invites you in. Our promotional material and design extends to you the opportunity to join us.
Whaikōrero – Tēnā koutou katoa. The forum for formal speech making and to set the foundations of the day. The exhibition presents moments of discussion and formal gathering. 16 April – 15 May
Hongi – Tihei mauri ora! The breath of life that is shared to connect people with each other. The exhibition presents moments of whānaungatanga | relationships and inter-tribal connections. 16 May – 12 June
Hakari – Nāu te rourou, nāku te rourou. A time to share food together as well as close off the formal part of the proceedings. The exhibition presents moments of manaakitanga | hospitality or care for others in action as well as recipes a plenty. 13 June – 10 July
Poroporoaki – Nō reira, tēnā tātou. The time of reflection altogether on where we have been, what are doing now and where we are going. The exhibition presents moments of celebration for our artists and creatives as well as visions and aspirations for the future. 11 July – 7 August
Object Lessons: Imported collections, local art, and design education in Ōtautahi Christchurch (Saturday 19 February to Sunday 27 March 2022)
About Object Lessons
Whakaata mai te Kūkūwai - Reflections from the Wetlands Exhibition
We Stand Here: Celebrating Five Years of the Christchurch Documentary Project, and Children’s vision for Ōtautahi (9 July to 27 September 2021)
A city seen over five years, 2015-2019. Five suburbs from the north, east, south, west and centre, containing a multitude of communities all experiencing rapid change as a city recovers. As the landscape and built environment evolved these communities continued to do what they've always done: working to make their place meaningful; a place to feel connected to; a place to stand.
The Christchurch Documentary Project sought to capture a snapshot of life in our city during this period through the eyes of University of Canterbury, School of Fine Arts photography students. Their brief - to create a portrait of an area of Christchurch that was informed by both the physical environment and the often overlooked moments of community life. Starting with Halswell in 2015, followed by New Brighton and its neighbouring coastal suburbs, Bishopdale, Central City and finally Woolston in 2019.
The exhibition We Stand Here: celebrating five years of the Christchurch Documentary Project, curated by Senior lecturer of Photography and Place in Time Director, Tim Veling, brings together a selection of images from the project that honour the photographers involved and the people who so generously opened their doors and shared their stories. Tim's vision also enquires into the nature of representation in library archives and through his associated exhibition We Stand Here: Children's vision for their Ōtautahi, challenges the viewer to consider how younger generations will see themselves and their culture reflected in our city's public spaces.
- We Stand Here: celebrating five years of the Christchurch Documentary Project Te Pito Huarewa / Southbase Gallery, Tuakiri | Identity, Level 2, Tūranga
- We Stand Here: Children's vision for their Ōtautahi beside Foundation Cafe, He Hononga | Connection, Ground floor, Tūranga (previously located outside Tautoru / TSB Space, Hapori | Community, Level 1)
Wild Ōtautahi - Exploring the wildlife of our city (20 March to 20 June 2021)
Inspired by Gavin Bishop’s illustrations from his book Wildlife of Aotearoa this exhibition told a story about the wildlife habitats of Ōtautahi. Gavin’s original illustrations of the bush, the rivers, the wetlands, the estuary, the sand dunes and the sea provide the context to explore the richness and fragility of these local habitats and species living in them.
Through engaging storyboards and gadgets, borrowed from conservation’s shed, this exhibition provided an opportunity to expand knowledge about local natives, how to protect them and make them thrive.
Talanoa i Measina – Sharing our stories (12 November 2020 to 28 February 2021)
An expression of Pacific identity, cultural belonging and visual Talanoa from Christchurch's Pacific community.
Using gathered images, film and objects from Pasifika communities, archive material from Christchurch City Libraries and other institutions, Talanoa i Measina - Sharing our Stories is a visual showcase mirroring a living room that celebrated achievements, people and love for Pacific culture in Ōtautahi.
Inside the exhibition
Join exhibition curator, Nina Oberg-Humphries for a 360° experience of the exhibition in the video below.
From Paper to Pixel (21 September to 1 November 2020)
Explore stories of Christchurch and wider Canterbury in this exhibition that highlights over 20 years of digitising and collecting born digital heritage items at Christchurch City Libraries. Among many of the items to discover are ship board diaries from the 1850s, letters home during World War II, maps from the mid twentieth century, band posters from the 1980s and thousands of photographs from the late 1800s to today.
Christchurch City Libraries collect and describe these items to preserve them for the future and make them accessible to the public.
Aroha Revolution: A community Matariki quilt (13 August to 13 September 2020)
To celebrate Matariki 2020, Stitch-o-Mat hosted Ron Te Kawa as Artist in Residence during July, thanks to generous funding from Te Puni Kōkiri and Christchurch Creative Communities Scheme. Ron delivered a series of workshops on Whakapapa quilts and heritage flags and worked with the community to make the community healing quilt that is displayed in the Southbase Gallery. On display 13 August to 13 September 2020.
Aroha Revolution: A Community Matariki Quilt: (13 August to 13 September 2020)
Labyrinth in the Library (29 February to 2 August 2020)
Exploring the landscape of the mind through creativity. The labyrinth, an installation by artist Robyn Webster at Te Pito Huarewa / Southbase Gallery, Tūranga, examines the concept of individual and collaborative creativity. Local artists, choreographers, filmmakers, musicians, storytellers will respond to the artwork throughout the exhibition and opportunities for the public to respond and contribute.
Heartfelt (15 to 23 February 2020)
An exhibition of collages from cards sent with messages of love and support after the 15 March mosque attacks.
A collaboration with NMIT - Nelson Marlborough Institute of Technology.
Extraordinary: Alexander Turnbull Exhibition (9 November 2019 to 9 February 2020)
An exhibition inspired by the people and landscapes of Ōtautahi Christchurch from the collection of the Alexander Turnbull Library.
Featured in the exhibition are a wide variety of objects ranging from significant artworks by Rita Angus, Leo Bensemann, photos of early Christchurch by Steffano Webb and John Pascoe, Ngaio Marsh's production script for A Midsummer Night's Dream (including felt tip sketches for costume), Douglas Lilburn music scores and more domestic artefacts including an old recipe book and children's craft work.
Illuminate: Unearthing treasures from our collection (3 August to 27 October 2019)
To celebrate our 160th birthday, we've gone deep into our vaults and rummaged our shelves to bring you some of our favourite gems.
Stunning, unexpected, extraordinary, curious - come and find your favourite!
Va Oceans Between (18 May to 21 July 2019)
Va is the guiding curating principal of our exhibition Va Oceans Between and is a fundamental Pacific value that underlines everything. The relationships we have with each other, with the physical world and the spiritual word connecting past, present and future.
Va Oceans Between is an exploration of Pacific Peoples living in Christchurch and their relationship to the Moana, Ōtautahi and each other through the use of never seen before Polynesian artefacts from Canterbury Museum, oral histories and visual, performance and written art forms from Christchurch-based Pacific artists.
Exhibition events included an artist floor talk, poetry reading by Tusiata Avia, and theatrical performance by Pasifika collective YNOT.
Kā Huru Manu (26 January to 28 April 2019)
Compiled over ten years, Kā Huru Manu (The Ngāi Tahu Cultural Mapping Project) is dedicated to recording and mapping the traditional Māori place names and associated histories in the Ngāi Tahu rohe (tribal area).
This exhibition showcased six of the key maps for Ngāi Tahu place names within the Canterbury and Banks Peninsula region, including maps by Rāwiri Te Maire, Teone Taare Tikao, Tieke Pukurākau, and Hoani Te Hau Pere.
Unique artefacts were also showcased such as Canon James Stack’s original 1898 correspondence of Ngāi Tahu place names for Banks Peninsula and the original Tieke Pukurākau notebooks of place names within the Waitaki catchment.
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Our Painted Stories (Friday 12 October 2018 to Thursday 17 January 2019)
The Our Painted Stories exhibition explores the presence and importance of local Canterbury settings in children's books and celebrates the power of visual storytelling. Featuring original illustrations from books by Margaret Mahy and Gavin Bishop.
Created in partnership with the Painted Stories Trust.