10 must-see Canterbury exhibitions this November


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In November Warren Feeney eagerly awaits an exhibit that asks, “What has changed for women in the 21st century?” He’s also excited about TENT, an art fair like no other in pop-up galleries and online, and the opening of the Ravenscar House Museum, and his experience of historic and contemporary New Zealand art in a unique domestic setting.

Heather Straka, Age of Discovery, SCAPE Public Art, Hôtel Montréal, 351 rue Montréal and https://tente.art: In November, ÅŒtautahi Christchurch welcomes ATTEMPTED, a national art fair of 25 galleries over a weekend in the towns and villages of Aotearoa and online. In ÅŒtautahi, the artist’s initiative play_station from Wellington and the {Suite} gallery are opening ephemeral exhibitions. SCAPE Public Art resides at the Hotel Montreal with new works by Heather Straka, showcasing the ambiguous splendor of the subjects of her new series of portraits, embodying a range of agendas, identities and politics. November 4-7.

Kylie Norton, Lonely Girl (detail), 2020, embroidery, (Ashburton <a class=Art Gallery)” style=”width:100%;display:inline-block”/>

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Kylie Norton, Lonely Girl (detail), 2020, embroidery, (Ashburton Art Gallery)

2. Kiri Mitchell, Sarah Baird, Kylie Norton, Maggie Covell, Tamara Nicholson and Michele Beevors, Configure. Ashburton Art Gallery, 327 West Street. Configure is a group show of six tepoti-Dunedin artists who ask; “What has changed for women in the 21st century? Their response takes into account the body, identity and influence of popular culture. Artists recognize the impact of Los Angeles, the women’s house, an installation / performance project from 1972, Configure respond through historical and contemporary means that encompass animation and embroidery. November 8 – January 21, 2022.

Shane Cotton, Eyes, 2021, acrylic on linen.  Image courtesy of the artist and Nadene Milne Gallery, Christchurch and Arrowtown.

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Shane Cotton, Eyes, 2021, acrylic on linen. Image courtesy of the artist and Nadene Milne Gallery, Christchurch and Arrowtown.

3. Shane Cotton, Things Behind the Sun, Nadene Milne Gallery, 47 Hereford St. Shane Cotton (Ngāti Rangi, Ngāti Hine, Te Uri Taniwha) is an artist who, over the past decade, has gradually suspended traditional and familiar notions of his paintings’ links to authoritative linear progression and development. For example; he designed and produced expressionistic images of mokomokai (preserved heads) alongside childish iconography of native flora and fauna, encouraging us to look and reconsider – then to look again. Open on November 19.

Charles Frederick Goldie (1870-1947), Senator, 1897, oil on canvas, no known copyright.  Ravenscar Trust Collection 0028. (Ravenscar House Museum)

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Charles Frederick Goldie (1870-1947), Senator, 1897, oil on canvas, no known copyright. Ravenscar Trust Collection 0028. (Ravenscar House Museum)

4. Ravenscar House Museum, 52 Rolleston Ave. The Ravenscar House Museum is the vision of art collectors Jim and Susan Wakefield. Now the permanent home of their collection of classic New Zealand art, objects and antiques, it represents artists, designers and craftsmen, inviting comparison with public collections – but there are differences. Ravenscar is an experience of art at home through a collection shaped by an agreement that the two collectors loved every work they acquired. Open on November 8. Monday to Sunday 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Doc Ross, Haring, 2021, digital image (Chambers Gallery)

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Doc Ross, Haring, 2021, digital image (Chambers Gallery)

5. Doc Ross, a fantastical exhibition of oneself through art. Chambers Gallery, 80 Durham St, Sydenham. Photographer Doc Ross’s new photographs are essentially a self-portrait in which he assumes the identity of artists who have in one way or another influenced his work. Ross’s character is further enhanced by the immediate experience of his imagery, theatrical disguises, and dramatic manipulation of color, darkness and light, making this a unique exhibition of this eminent photographer. November 10-27.

Reuben Paterson, Christchurch Art Gallery - Reuben Paterson The Golden Bearing 2014, Mixed media.  Courtesy of the artist and the Govett-Brewster Art Gallery.  (Christchurch Te Puna o Waiwhetū Art Gallery)

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Reuben Paterson, Christchurch Art Gallery – Reuben Paterson The Golden Bearing 2014, Mixed media. Courtesy of the artist and the Govett-Brewster Art Gallery. (Christchurch Te Puna o WaiwhetÅ« Art Gallery)

6. Ruben Paterson, The Golden Bearing. Christchurch Te Puna o WaiwhetÅ« Art Gallery. Reuben Paterson’s use of sequins (Ngāti Rangitihi, Ngāi TÅ«hoe, TÅ«hourangi, Scottish) created a sense of dignity around the subjects of his paintings; koru, clouds, flowers and birds are considered to be given as precious in all his works. The Golden Roll, a golden tree representing all the trees on planet Earth, is no exception. His presence in the Christchurch Art Gallery Te Puna o WaiwhetÅ« seems timely and welcome. 30 Oct. 30 Jan. 2022.

Sarah Anderson, Stone Scape, 2021, acrylic on paper (Le Colombo)

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Sarah Anderson, Stone Scape, 2021, acrylic on paper (Le Colombo)

7. The associates, related to and arising from … Le Colombo, 363 Colombo St, Sydenham. The Associates are an affiliation of 15 local artists, sharing knowledge and resources essential to their artistic practices and their progress. Related to and arising from … is their second group show in 2021, encompassing connections to nature, home and the micro and macro through various materials and ideologies, their November show reflects The Associates as a collective and the gallery visitor as as active participant. November 8 – December 5.

For 10 exhibitions to be discovered in November: 8. Artist workshops on the Campus d'Ilam.

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For 10 exhibitions to be discovered in November: 8. Artist workshops on the Campus d’Ilam.

8. Exhibition in open studio Ilam 2021. The School of Fine Arts of the University of Canterbury. Ilam 2021 is the end-of-year exhibition for third and fourth year artist-workshops, Honors and MFA at the École des Beaux-Arts. This is an annual opportunity to discover the work of artists from all disciplines at the school. In addition, its organized annual exhibition, TO SELECT, includes the selection of three works that will form part of the University of Canterbury’s art collection. From Saturday November 20 to Thursday November 26 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. daily.

Pip Trumic, Spiked Trio, 2021, ceramic (Form Gallery)

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Pip Trumic, Spiked Trio, 2021, ceramic (Form Gallery)

9. Canterbury Potters – One Pot, One Shot II, Form Gallery, 468 Colombo St, Sydenham. Form Gallery opens its second exhibition of works selected by Canterbury Potters. One pot, one shot II brings together a work by each artist highlighting the diversity of contemporary ceramic practice, its anchoring in a history of studio pottery and its capacity for innovation and the nuances of such an agenda. One pot, one shot II is also a comprehensive survey of the Canterbury potters across generations with the work of artists such as Frederika Ernsten and Pip Trumic. November 6-27.

Chimp, Mental Weight, 2021, aerosol and acrylic on panel (Fiksate)

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Chimp, Mental Weight, 2021, aerosol and acrylic on panel (Fiksate)

ten. Chimpanzee, Social woes, Fiksate, 54 Hawdon St, Sydenham. Chimp is a Wellington-based street artist whose work is well known to residents of ÅŒtautahi through his mural on the Justice and Emergency Services District. Social Woes is a series of glued abstract portraits in which the layered fragmentation of its subjects and their geometric shapes creates an animation and elegance that certainly sits between the contemplative nature of the gallery and the credibility of street art. November 5-27.

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