10 Canterbury Exhibitions You Must See In August
In the highlights of the August exhibit, Warren Feeney recommends We stand here, an exhibition that asks important questions about Åtautahi Christchurch: who lives here, what is our cultural makeup and what is important to us? An artist-run space in the city center ends on a positive note, and an exhibit of painting on unexpected surfaces includes (among other items) a light switch and a plastic bottle.
1. Hellzapoppin ‘! The art of the flying nun, Christchurch Art Gallery Te Puna o WaiwhetÅ«. Corner Worcester Blvd and Montreal St. It’s been 40 years since local record store manager Roger Shepherd started Flying Nun. Now internationally acclaimed for his contribution to garage / post-punk music, Hellzapoppin ‘! The art of the flying nun celebrates the inseparable relationship between music and its art: Flying Nun bands, musicians, artists and designers, defining the look and attitude of the record label’s singles, albums, posters and videos. August 21 to November 28.
2. Diamond Harbor Camera Club, rebuild refocused, Stoddart Cottage Gallery, 2 Waipapa Ave, Diamond Harbor. Rebuild refocused is an annual excursion and exhibit by members of the Diamond Harbor Camera Club, documenting the evolving state of Åtautahi architecture (historic and contemporary) and its community spaces. Among this year’s photographs is that of Tim Cheeseborough Sky High Scaffolding, an image that reveals the potential of the camera to record both the certainties and the unrealities of everyday life. August 6-29.
3. Donna-Marie Patterson, overcooked, until the bubble bursts! Chambers Gallery, 80 Durham St, Sydenham. Sculptor and installation artist Donna-Marie Patterson also creates works on paper that seem to go beyond even artist Paul Klee’s claim that drawing is “taking a line for a walk.” Patterson’s drawings are puzzling visual mazes, worked in ink and oil on paper. These are his favorite materials and also the subject of his work, exhilarating and questioning our relationship to the materials of the earth. August 18 – September 4.
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4. We Are Here: Celebrating Five Years of the Christchurch Documentary Project. TÅ«ranga, 60 Cathedral Square. A collaboration between Canterbury University School of Fine Arts and Christchurch Libraries, We are here documents in photographs five local communities between 2015 and 2019: Bishopdale, City Center, The East, Halswell and Woolston. The brief for the students was to answer the questions: Who lives in Christchurch and is part of our community? What is our cultural and social makeup? What is important to the people in each region? For answers and more, visit We are here. Until September 27.
5. Revisions – Andrew Carran and Takaaki Sakaguchi, Form Gallery, 468 Colombo St, Sydenham. Ceramic artist Andrew Carran is well known nationally for his Shino enamels, and Takaaki Sakaguchi is an internationally renowned fashion designer turned ceramic artist. Sakaguchi has been working with clay since 2017, his work referring to Western and Japanese art. In Revisions he salutes the Ned Kelly series by Sydney Nolan and Kyureki, a series of 12 ceramics representing the Japanese calendar. August 7-28.
6. Julian Hooper, Paludal, 5/2 Papanui Rd, Thursday-Fri 5:30 p.m.-7: 30 p.m., Sat 12 p.m.-3 p.m. Auckland artist Julian Hooper is organizing his first exhibition in Åtautahi. Exhibiting from the late 1990s, Hooper’s painting and sculpture are inspired by a history of European modernism, its imagery and its methodologies, refined and paired, not to go to the essence of their subjects, but rather to reveal their evasive personalities. Both visual puzzles and beautiful objects, it’s hard to resist Hooper’s art. August 6-28.
7. Sefton Rani, Silence is the flower, PGgallery192, 192 Bealey Ave. Painting in the 21st Century is an ever-changing creature and Auckland / Cook Islands based artist Sefton Rani Silence is the flower is a wonderful experience of painting on unexpected surfaces and objects. Paint skins dried on mixed media including corrugated iron, switch and plastic bottle. Rani’s collage works fall somewhere between painting and sculpture in an artistic practice that also deals with Polynesian immigrant culture, family histories, and the opulence and vibe of industrial painting. Until August 20.
8. Sam Harrison, Upside Down, Jonathan Smart Gallery, 52 Buchan Street, Sydenham. Since his first exhibition, sculptor / printmaker Sam Harrison’s art has focused on the human figure, so there is an element of surprise in the pure abstract images in Upside down. An exhibition of charcoals, recessed and residing on paper surfaces, addressed to the interested gallery visitor. Upside down talks a lot about Harrison’s art, emphasizing his authority over materials, his presence remaining unmistakable. Until August 21.
9. Tiffany Thornley, Robyn Webster and Jane Zusters, Dredging. A new story. Engraving of three women. Eastside Gallery, Linwood. Tiffany Thornley and Jane Zusters are seasoned printmakers, both artists also featured in Aotearoa’s first investigative publication of Women Artists: A picture book for women 25 women artists from Aotearoa in 1988. Dredging. A new story. Engraving of three women sees them more aligned in 2021 with printmaker Robyn Webster, all three aware of printmaking as a discipline on contemporary society politics, communication and change. August 9-28.
ten. Claudia Kogachi hot girls with IBS, Hot Lunch, 227 High St. Hot Lunch is closing. The artist-run space was opened in August 2020 by graduate students from the Islam School of Fine Arts, Millie Galbraith, Liam Krijgsman and Lee Richardson. His stay in the city center seems short, and he will be missed, his exhibition program characterized by his wisdom and humor, and Hot Lunch ends on a positive note, with Auckland artist Claudia Kogachi, Hot girls with IBS, the uncomfortable assurances of his life in his paintings a perfect ending. August 6-21.