Stoddart exhibition opens

A special exhibition is now on, marking the anniversary of women winning the right to vote in Aotearoa New Zealand in September 1893. University of Canterbury art collections curator Lydia Baxendell has curated a special exhibition of watercolours by Margaret Stoddart, shown at the former home of her fellow student at the University’s School of […]

At home movie feast

Going to the movies used to be the only option to see the newest film releases, however a popular option now is to stay home and go online to see some of the latest and greatest. Film festivals are one way to relax with a glass of wine and enjoy cutting edge and also controversial […]

Here comes the sun

Ahead of his latest book launch, Kiwi pop art guru Dick Frizzell talks to Metropol editor Lynda Papesch. Space may not be the final frontier it once was, yet the sun, the stars and the universe still hold a fascination for millions of people. Among them is artist Dick Frizzell, usually better known for his […]

Art in the country: Lakeland Art Gallery

Whether you are wanting to fill a gap on the wall or searching for that something special, unusual, or unique, Lakeland Art Gallery may have just the piece you are looking for. Only a 45-minute drive from Christchurch or Ashburton awaits the quaint town of Leeston and the friendly Ellesmere art gallery, Lakeland Art. A […]

Seductive ceramics

Lyttelton’s Grace Uivel always felt a “deep pull” towards the ceramics craft. She talks with Julia Strelou about her journey and her art. “I’ll never forget the feeling of trying the [pottery] wheel for the first time; it was like finding the love of my life,” says Grace. “I just had to figure out how […]

The man and the dog

Queenstown artist Ivan Clarke is the painter behind New Zealand’s much-loved Lonely Dog paintings. Julia Strelou finds out what he’s currently up to. Wondering what his own dog did when left at home, painter Ivan Clarke soon found a novel way to express what he thought they might be doing, creating what has become a […]