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Arts & Museums
Located in Christchurch Central, Chambers 241 is a gallery that showcases local talent related to art and sculpture. Aware of the lack of sufficient art bases in Christchurch, it also houses a rental art studio for emerging artists. The gallery primarily holds exhibitions through which there is increased exposure and opportunities for Christchurch's new and existing artists. The paintings and sculptures cover several types of artwork, such as as abstracts, modernism, scenery, and stone work, among others. The gallery also hosts live concerts and other cultural activities. Having built this community gallery, owners Dr. Warren Feeney and Ronald Mottram are attempting a permanent establishment of Christchurch's art scene.
With the very best of traditional and contemporary Maori arts are on show, the Te Toi Mana Maori Art Gallery is an essential stop for all those seeking to understand the diversity of New Zealand's cultural history. In addition to pictures, sculpture and traditional woodcarving, the gallery also features distinctive bone and jade carving. Works for exhibit and sale all include elements of Maori design. True to the culture of the Maori, the indigenous people of New Zealand have included in their works a strong spiritual as well as aesthetic value. Call for timings, and additional information.
Ernest Rutherford (1871-1937) was one of New Zealand's greatest scientists, and a pioneer of subatomic physics. His work led to the atomic model and an understanding of the structure of the nucleus, winning him the Nobel Prize for Chemistry. This tiny museum display in the Arts Centre, not far from where he performed his early experiments, is dedicated to his life and works. Rutherford's Den was opened in 1978, and features a life-size diorama of Rutherford at work on his original research into the magnetization of iron. Admission: Free
Canterbury Museum dates back to 1870, and features seven buildings containing numerous displays, including the Antarctic and Victorian collections. There are also changing special exhibits and "hands-on" displays. The seven buildings do create a bewildering "rabbit warren" of spaces, so allow plenty of time for your visit. It is worth visiting the cafe, which overlooks the Botanical Gardens. Located close to the city and adjacent to the Arts Centre and the Avon river, you can either walk or catch a city tram to get here.
Cross a natural history museum with a child's fantasy bedroom and you have something approaching the Discovery Centre. Bright and funky, 3-13 year olds will have all their senses stimulated by jars full of weird biological specimens, quirky stuffed animals, drawers filled with animal skulls, a live bee colony, and all manner of animal puzzles and toys. The interesting levels, ramps and pits will suit the busier types, while parents can relax in cushioned comfort reading or playing with the quieter ones. Birthday parties and school holiday programmes are available to Discovery Club members. Timings vary seasonally.
Located in the Old Physics Building of The Arts Centre of Christchurch, Cave Rock Gallery displays a brilliant variety of works by local and New Zealand artists and craftspeople. A quiet, bright gallery, ringed with high windows, there are arresting artworks in ceramics and glass, wood, jewellery and fabrics, and handmade furniture. The objects in the gallery all have a strong visual appeal, inviting you to browse and enjoy. Call for additional information.
Salamander Gallery is an exhibition space for works by artists from New Zealand and the Pacific. The gallery has a small, clean and well-lit space, which is a perfect background for the paintings and sculptures on show. The gallery focuses on exhibiting the works of one or two artists at the same time, specializing in modern and contemporary arts. It creates a calm place for viewing, appreciation and thought in the busy Arts Centre of Christchurch.
Upstairs in the Galleria of the Christchurch Arts Centre, Art Works offers a fascinating diversion from the austerity of contemporary art. With its bright and engaging content, the Gallery features folk and decorative art made exclusively by hand by seventeen local artists. If you dig around you can find some surprises, from icons to hand-painted ties, to sharply detailed watercolours of fishing flies. You can take away a painting for as little as NZD24, and there is usually an artist at work on site.
The ConneXion Gallery employs a collective approach towards making and selling fine handmade jewelery at affordable prices. Works are displayed in a small space that can be found upstairs in the Arts Centre Galleria. The nine members of the cooperative are all local, working mainly in sterling silver, occasionally in copper and gold, and with inlay and enamel techniques. Their work is highly distinctive and various, the result of individual care and craftsmanship. There is usually a jeweler at work in the gallery.
Easily located on the ground floor of the Christchurch Arts Centre Galleria, the Woodcraft Gallery displays some of New Zealand's finest woodwork. Smooth, beautiful woods and rich grains draw the eye and hand. The items here are all made using native timbers: rimu, matai and kauri. It is possible to find almost anything, from wooden sculptures to tools for the kitchen, to a range of souvenirs. There are attractive turned bowls, handmade clocks, carvings, toys, and intriguing wooden puzzles. The gallery will pack and post for overseas visitors.
The Form Gallery specializes in top quality New Zealand made products, which are all on sale and they accept commissions. The gallery deals in stunning pieces of contemporary glass, wood, textiles and pottery. A large range of handmade jewelery includes pieces in silver and cleverly-crafted local paua. Prices range from NZD30 and many pieces would make wonderful gifts to send home. The gallery is well set out and easy to find. Exhibition timings may vary, check website for additional information.
The Brooke Gifford Gallery celebrated 25 years as Christchurch's premier contemporary dealer gallery. Located upstairs in spacious rooms, the gallery shows work by leading artists, including Bill Hammond, Gretchen Albrecht, Shane Cotton, Peter Robinson, Seraphine Pick and Richard Killeen. The gallery also has a reputation for encouraging developing talent. Exhibitions change every three weeks, and in addition to paintings, the gallery deals in sculpture and original prints.