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 […]

Spring time is heart break

In the exhibition Spring Time is Heart-break several artists have considered tangata whenua relationships with the land, water, natural environment, and indigenous species. Megan Brady (Kāi Tahu, Ngāi Tūāhuriri, Pākehā) has reconnected with her Ngāi Tūāhuriri whakapapa and the Rakahuri river, creating beautiful handmade carpets with flowing patterns that you can rest on. Madison Kelly […]

Experience Ngā Hau Ngā kau: Canterbury Museum

Astounding paintings, carved taonga puoro (traditional Māori musical instruments), and beautiful music have been woven together for the exhibition Ngā Hau Ngā kau (Breath of Mine). T his outstanding exhibition opened at Canterbury Museum at CoCA on 15 December 2023 and will run until 28 April 2024. Talented artists, painter Robin Slow, master carver Brian […]

Once upon a crime: Stefan Harris

New Zealand crime-novelist and police officer, Stef Harris took time out of his busy film production schedule to chat with Metropol writer Natalia Macrides-Pantos about life as a crime writer. A computer screen springs to life. A beating cursor, a story waiting to be written. Well-schooled fingers kick into gear. Time becomes irrelevant, especially when […]

The River Is: Ashburton Art Gallery

At Ashburton Art Gallery and Museum, Iain Cheesman’s foyer wall artwork The River Is will be on display until April 2024. T he River Is is an extension of Iain Cheesman’s recent exhibition, Nurture Nature, which was exhibited at Ashburton Art Gallery and Museum from 19 October to 3 December 2023. Nurture Nature celebrated the […]

High priestess of poetry

Acclaimed Christchurch poet Gail Ingram clearly recalls the euphoria of seeing her first poem published in the Christchurch Press in 2014. “It was amazing. James Norcliffe published it, and I printed it off and sent copies to everybody.” From her early poems as a student at Canterbury University – “they were angsty poems, the usual […]

Artistic strides: Jacqui Colley

Jacqui Colley is an award-winning New Zealand artist. She was born in Zambia and grew up in Cape Town, South Africa where she studied graphic design at Cape Peninsula University of Technology. Then she relocated to New Zealand in 1996. Jacqui began sporadically painting while working full time as a graphic designer. After realising how […]