10 must-see exhibitions in Canterbury in September
In September, Warren Feeney enthuses about the state of contemporary pottery, 10 years of container art among the weavers, goldsmiths and carvers of Sumner and Canterbury.
Cheryl Lucas: shaped by shale and slag, Christchurch Art Gallery Te Puna o Waiwhetū Cnr Worcester Blvd and Montreal St.
Perhaps the most anticipated investigative exhibition in the history of the Christchurch Art Gallery, Cheryl Lucas: Shaped by Schist and Scoria effortlessly manages to exceed expectations. Encompassing four decades of his practice, the humor and beauty of Lucas’ Royal Muntin Ware from 2011 typifies the experience of an artistic practice familiar with both small details and with a big picture of questions about people and life. Until December 4.
Anna Dalzell, Inner Worlds of the Outer Islands, NZArtbroker, 2 Kingsley St, Sydenham
Famous for her paintings of the Banks Peninsula, in 2021 Anna Dalzell was also artist-in-residence in the subantarctic region. Outer Islands Inner Worlds features paintings, prints and works on paper by the artist that objectively and convincingly reveal the realities of our southernmost remote landmasses, the relationships between people, land and sea, a captivating “tour de force” experience. From September 3 to 27.
Auspicious Victory, Hostile Corps, XCHC, 376 Wilsons Road, Waltham. Auspicious Victory is the identity of an ever-evolving artist in a continuous process of transformation and Hostile Body is their first solo exhibition, a multi-sensory domain and an immersive encounter with digital realities, installations, music and performances. live – and there’s more. As its title suggests, Hostile Body also touches on an important aspect of otherness and difference, with the artist donating 5% of the show’s revenue to support men’s mental health and wellbeing. September 10-30.
Veronica Herber, Last NightThe Central Art Gallery, The Arts Center Te Matatiki Toi Ora, 2 Worcester Blvd.
Japanese washi tape and Piet Mondrian’s geometric abstract paintings share territory in Veronica Herber’s works on paper, evocatively titled in fragmented phrases about ideas, feelings and memories such as “for a while” or “do smile at me”. In doing so, Herber’s Yesterday proposes a relationship between each object and each sentence, and an invitation to look – then to look again. Until October 2.
Perilous: Untold Stories from the Collection. Christchurch Art Gallery Te Puna o Waiwhetū, Cnr Worcester Blvd and Montreal St.
The most recent manifestation of the Christchurch Art Gallery collection is Perilous, with curator Melanie Oliver revealing alternative perspectives to mainstream culture through many previously unseen works. Joanna Paul’s Barrys Bay: Interior with Bed and Doll, 1974 perfectly represents the ambitions of the exhibition in an “expressionist” painting that rejects the notion of sacrificing everything for your art. On the contrary, for Paul, domestic life and art are reconsidered as one and the same creature. In progress
New Zealand Professional Weavers Network, Ngahere – The Bush of AotearoaRangiora Chamber Gallery, 141 Percival Street
Established in 1991, the New Zealand Professional Weavers Network offers a program of traveling exhibitions through galleries in Aotearoa. Ngahere – the Bush of Aotearoa features 38 tapestries by leading weavers, including Marilyn Rea-Menzies and local weaver Laurence Gatehouse, whose contemporary tapestries reconcile their modulated abstract color harmonies with a 6,000-year history of weaving, from looms to weave traditional and natural materials. September 4 – October 6.
3rd Annual Sculpture FestivalNorth Quad, Great Hall and Maker Workshop, The Arts Center Te Matatiki Toi Ora, 2 Worcester Blvd.
An annual two-week downtown arts festival, the Arts Center Sculpture Festival features an encounter with three-dimensional objects by more than 40 artists with demonstrations, lectures and workshops. Among the many highlights was designer and ceramist Takaaki Sakaguchi, whose ability to reduce the subjects of his work to essential beauty is unparalleled. September 2-16.
Container Art at Sumner 2022
It started in October 2011 in response to cargo containers holding up the hillside alongside Sumner’s main road. Artist and resident Bryan LEStrange considered their potential as an outdoor gallery for New Zealand art and as such a contemporary visual statement that after the earthquake, local residents were here to stay. In 2022, the participating artists are Hamish Allan, Nigel Brown, Alison Erickson, Jason Greig, Bryan LEstrange, Alan Pearson, Ewan McDougall, Llew Summers and Philip Trusttum. Visit from August 30.
Amanda Greenfield and Tatyanna Meharry, AlchemyAshburton Art Gallery, 327 West St.
Ceramic artists Amanda Greenfield and Tatyanna Meharry’s Alchemy see them collecting clay between the Rakaia and Rangitata rivers for an exhibition that highlights the important relationships between land and people, connecting to a history of performance/conceptual art of the 1970s which saw the potter Barry Brickell (1935-2016), engage for 30 years in the regeneration of the Coromandel. Alchemy is also a reminder of our responsibilities to where we live. Until October 21.
Canterbury Goldsmiths Guild Annual ExhibitionMaker Space, Ground Floor, The Arts Center Te Matatiki Toi Ora, 2 Worcester Blvd
On its 40th anniversary, the Silversmiths Guild of Canterbury exhibition features local and international silversmiths currently contributing to its programme. Created with the support of the Craft Council of New Zealand, contemporary jeweler Kobi Bosshard is one of its best-known artists. Moving to The Tannery in 2012, the Guild continues to showcase the work of its members and its workshops. The exhibition opens on Monday evening September 19. Until October 2.