Lose yourself in art: Tait Gallery

A festival is always a drawcard and this year’s Hanmer Village Winter Festival is no exception. Among the highlights at this year’s event – from July 2 to 31 – is a children’s art expo, sponsored by Hanmer’s Tait Gallery and The Drawing Room (Christchurch). On display at Boulder Point Precinct throughout this month, the […]

Creative feather art: Awatea Design

  From small beginnings, one family-oriented New Zealand business is slowly yet surely making its mark in the creative world.     Awatea Design is a small whānau-based business located in Paerata, South Auckland, yet its clever contemporary feather art is flying all round the world. Dedicated to the art and craft of contemporary feather […]

Grand sculpture finale

  Many of the region’s best creations will be on display in this year’s Sculpture on the Peninsula event in November, which will sadly be the last.     After more than two decades, the organising committee has decided the November event will be the grand finale. Held every two years, since its inception in […]

Nature inspired classy glass

  Masters in glassblowing and coldwork, Hamish Webster and Greg Swinburne have an exciting new combined display at Christchurch’s Form Gallery, on now until July 30.     “We are holding only two glass exhibitions this year, and the other one was cast glass,” says gallery manager Ryan Dewsbury. “Compared to other art disciplines there […]

Wongi and the giant peach

  Christchurch residents are often surprised and delighted when a new work of art appears on the walls of their city, which has become known as the ‘street art capital’ of New Zealand. Julia Strelou talks to one of the artists.     Wongi Wilson is the man behind the giant peach which popped up […]

Using art to express yourself: Art Metro

  Creating an accepting atmosphere where artists are free to explore, learn and express themselves is the aim of Art Metro’s owner Simon Walmisley, who pointed us in the direction of adult student Grant Philip to talk about his life and experiences.     Grant began mouth painting in 2002 after being injured in a […]

Creating lasting memories: Art By J Steel

Certain locations and buildings always hold a special place in our hearts. Artist Jonathan Steel captures those places and memories, beautifully, to be treasured for years.     “We form a particular emotional attachment to the family home. But the places we love can be just about anywhere… the location where we were married or […]

Lighting the way this month

Contemporary art space The Physics Room launches its new exhibition from June 10 through to July 25. The ‘Light enough to read by’ exhibition emerged from discussions around the return of The Physics Room’s library into the gallery and to public access. Metropol looks at how the exhibition came about.     For the last […]

Art to honour locals

A stunning white Ngutu, or ceremonial entranceway, will be a feature of the Te Pae Christchurch Convention Centre. Called Te Aika, which means “the home people”, the artwork recognises the mana of local hapu, Ngāi Tūāhuriri.     Designed by artists Rachael Rakena and Simon Kaan it will be produced by SCAPE Public Art in […]

Hotere comes to town

A free exhibition of one of New Zealand’s most important artists is showing at Christchurch Art Gallery Te Puna o Waiwhetū. Ralph Hotere: Ātete (to resist) is co-curated by Christchurch Art Gallery and Dunedin Public Art Gallery and brings together works from collections across the country.     Photo: Ralph Hotere in The Artist’s Studio, […]