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90-Day Success Club - April

Spending time on the business, not just in the business is critical for our success. Take this opportunity to plan your year ahead and set your business up for growth in 2021. Continue the year with a clear plan, with a facilitated session designed for you to step away from your business, think about the next 90 days, and produce a plan that.

Artist Bill Hammond (1948 - 2021)

Undoubtedly Bill Hammond was one of New Zealand’s greatest painters.  Not merely in the trivial sense of the large sums his work went for at auction, but in terms of what he said about us as people.Bill was the supreme dissector of the Kiwi (admittedly predominantly Pākehā). His works from the 1980s were surrealist visions of an uptight,...

Janneth Gil. Tribute- Darkness into Light

When the 15th March 2019 Mosque attacks happened, Colombian born, Christchurch-based artist Janneth Gil was immediately reminded of memories of her life in Bogotá in the 1980s and 1990s.  The United States was then waging a war on drugs in Colombia in armed conflict with drug cartels, with civilians caught in the middle with the cartels...

Viv Kepes Tribute - Bouquet

Viv Kepes’ oil on linen paintings in Tribute - Bouquet take their subjects from the memorial flowers and bouquets spontaneously and cumulatively placed outside the entrance to the Botanic Gardens in Rolleston Avenue and at Al Noor Mosque on Deans Avenue following 15th March 2019.  She maintains that they are, in part, a sensory experience...

Toi Tū Toi Ora- Contemporary Māori Art and the Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tāmaki

I discovered Aotearoa New Zealand’s art history at high school in 1973 through Gordon Brown and Hamish Keith’s An Introduction to New Zealand Painting 1827–1967.  This is a history which has its origins in the appointment of the country’s first professional art gallery director in 1952, Eric Westbrook and his successor Peter Tomory at...

Megan Huffadine. Nature Morte in Clyde

Based in Central Otago, Megan Huffadine is an artist best-known for her wall-relief sculptures of objects conceived and crafted in mdf (medium density fibreboard).   Yet, over the past 30 years she has also sustained a fundamental commitment to working with paint, experimenting with differing painterly surfaces and its textural qualities.

Ina Johann, Porosities at the Ashburton Art Gallery

They could be aerial photographs of islands or the detail of an urban landscape surrounded by, and sharing space with a shifting and mountainous terrain.  Porosities (the state of property or structure being porous) is the title of a new series of works by German-born artist Ina Johann that asks us to reconsider and look again at our...

Elizabeth Thomson at the Aigantighe Gallery

Elizabeth Thomson, Cellular Memory: A Survey Exhibition Curated by Gregory O’Brien at the Aigantighe Art Gallery For over 30 years, Wellington-based sculptor/installation artist Elizabeth Thomson has been drawn to areas of scientific knowledge such as botany, micro-biology, oceanography and mathematics. In her art we encounter new ways of...

Who, or what, is the community in Community Arts?

At the end of last year I started a new role at the Christchurch City Council; my full title is Community Arts Advisor.   In the first few weeks when people would ask what I was doing I would clip the title and say “Arts Advisor”—it seemed more straightforward.  It also mitigated any confusion around “Community Art”—a...

Te Kura Reo o Ngāti Kahungunu 2021

Tēnā koutou katoa, Put these dates into your calendar now ‘Te Kura Reo o Ngāti Kahungunu 11-14 October 2021 Online registrations will open two months prior to the event. All participants must be registered iwi members. To check if you’re registered click here

Weekly Update - A Report from Glenview School - 23 February 2021

Our speaker, Lynda Knight de Blois focused on new thinking in the teaching of traumatised and stressed students, we had a viewpoint with a difference, learned about the outcomes from the Book Fair and heard about the many up and coming activities ...

A Report from Glenview School

Tonight, Principal of Glenview School, Lynda Knight de Blois talked to the club, focussing on new thinking in the teaching of traumatised and stressed students. This is especially relevant to Glenview, because it has students who are refugees from Myanmar and Syria, many of whom have very troubled backgrounds ...

Guardians of future generations - 23 February 2021

Denise Trail gave us her Viewpoint tonight. She said, 'My viewpoint is to appreciate the opportunities we have as guardians of future generations and be sure the lessons we pass on enable forever learning.'

Keep fit as you age, and enjoy life

If you’re aged over 50, you’re more conscious of your health because it directly affects your future quality of life. When I speak to my clients in this age group, the health of their heart is always a concern, and if you’re over 50 and reading this I’m sure you’ve had a similar conversation with your doctor. Having a fit and...

Empowering women on a journey of change

Family, friends, children, sunshine, love, happiness and exercise are the seven nouns one woman used in a painting of her body to describe the things that give meaning and joy to her life.

Don't Shoot Me, I'm Only the Piano Player

Welcome to an evening with David Scheel... Don't Shoot Me, I'm Only the Piano Player, has been touring the world for 15 years, sold out in West End, then at 3 consecutive Edinburgh Festivals. In David's concerts classical music is turned on its head. At any time you may hear a popular folk song played in the styles of Mozart, Rachmaninoff, or he...

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