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.

Extraordinary: From the collections of Alexander Turnbull Library, 9 November 2019 - 9 February 2020

To celebrate the centenary of New Zealand’s most extraordinary library, Extraordinary exhibition offers a glimpse into Alexander Turnbull Library’s collection. Displayed are taonga with a meaningful and tangible connection to Ōtautahi, its history and people.

Included in the eclectic mix are significant artworks by Rita Angus, Leo Bensemann, Ngaio Marsh's production script for A Midsummer Night's Dream, a 2.3m long early panoramic photograph of High Street, one of the earliest maps of the South Island, photos by Steffano Webb and John Pascoe, and a recipe on how to make a homebrewed beer from 1880s.

Ariana Tikao - Wednesday 29 January 2020, 6pm to 7pm at Tūranga

Ariana Tikao (Kāi Tahu) is the Māori specialist in the Alexander Turnbull Library (ATL) Arrangement & Description team. In 2014, Ariana curated the Borderland exhibition relating to writer James Cowan and his influence on New Zealand identity. Ariana will focus on the page of notes that Cowan wrote while interviewing her great-grandfather Teone Taare Tikao at Rāpaki, along with connections between Cowan and her whānau. She will also talk more broadly about collections in the Alexander Turnbull Library that relate to Kāi Tahu people and places. Find out more.

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