ZAFAA award winner

Marie Porter tells Metropol writer Daniella Judge about her artistic background and the meaning behind her award-winning work, The Rocks. In its eighth year, the ZAFAA Awards (Zonta Ashburton Female Art Awards) were held on 1 March at the Ashburton Art Gallery. Marie Porter, for her work The Rocks, was announced as the winner of […]

Cora-Allan: Encountering Aotearoa

Coming this month to Christchurch Art Gallery Te Puna o Waiwhetū is a major body of new work that reflects on histories of Pacific, Māori, and European exploration and navigation. In this touring exhibition, artist Cora-Allan (Ngāpuhi, Ngāti Tumutumu, Niue – Liku, Alofi) uses whenua (earth) pigment, hiapo (barkcloth from Niue) and other media to […]

A decade of drama: Isaac Theatre Royal

In the heart of Christchurch stands a testament to resilience and artistry, and this year, we celebrate the past, present, and future of this historical masterpiece. Thirteen years ago, the Issac Theatre Royal (ITR) fell to its knees. Today it shines brighter than ever, beckoning both seasoned theatregoers and newcomers alike to experience its magic. […]

Long live the art industry

Art is a creative medium, reflected in numerous ways, throughout the lives of hundreds of thousands of New Zealanders. Paintings or prints, weaving, sculpture, pottery, and much more come to life thanks to the artistic endeavours of Kiwis. Many people, while not actively involved in the arts, support the industry in other ways such as […]

New public art

A monumental-sized steel toki has a new home in New Brighton, Christchurch. SCAPE Public Art commissioned artist Jon Jeet to create the piece in 2022, and until recently it was on temporary display at Te Matatiki Toi Ora The Arts Centre. The artwork, He Toki Maitai 2022, now has a permanent home next to the […]

An exhibition with H’art: Christchurch Art Gallery

View the provocative ‘Springtime is Heart-break: Contemporary Art in Aotearoa’ exhibition where a diverse range of art explores ideas from nature’s renewal to emotional turmoil. Christchurch Art Gallery, Te Puna o Waiwhetū showcases 24 innovative artists in this dynamic body of work, on display until 19 March 2024. Curator Melanie Oliver invites us to be […]

Walking his talk: Art Metro

Jack Walsh says it was procrastination that prompted him to finally begin his art journey seven months ago. Coming here stopped me from procrastinating. If it wasn’t for these classes, I wouldn’t be drawing and learning in the first place.” Jack found Art Metro by Googling art classes, and called in one day for a […]

Poignant art: PG gallery192

Experience an art exhibition that speaks to the universal themes of love and humanity through the lens of time. PGgallery 192 invites you to view Euan Macleod’s collection, showcasing the bitter sweet journey of familial bonds through the unravelling timelines of youth and old age. Having exhibited extensively in both Australia and New Zealand, Euan’s […]

Captivating art beckons: Christchurch Art Show

Philosopher Henry David Thoreau said, “This world is but a canvas to our imagination.” Art lovers can let loose their imaginations and view those of others at the annual Christchurch Art Show, Friday 8 to Sunday 10 March. This year’s show will have more than 150 upcoming and established artists exhibiting at Te Pae Exhibition […]

Art is a gift: SCAPE

Check out the 2023 season of SCAPE Public Art before it closes on 14 February 2024. This season, SCAPE presents debut public artworks by exciting artists from Aotearoa, responding to the curatorial theme The Gift. “They [the artists] have carefully considered how gifting can be threaded through their work, not necessarily in the face-value way […]