Ngāi Tahu artists have transformed CoCA Gallery. On a recent visit I was captivated by the rock art images drawn on the walls. The drawings, by Ross Hemera, are inspired by ancient rock art. Fascinating pieces of sculpture and projections also rim the gallery walls and interior.
Ngāi Tahu artists from Aotearoa and around the world have come together to create the exhibition Paemanu: Ka Nohoaka Toi.
Curated by senior Paemanu artists, the exhibition takes the form of a nohoaka, a seasonal site for gathering food and other natural resources. There are 72 nohoaka (or nohoanga) within Te Waipounamu. Rights to the nohoanga are part of the Ngāi Tahu Claim settlement.
In the unlikely event that at some stage in the WORD Christchurch Festival, you find that you have overindulged in word richness, fear not, because an ideal palate cleanser is on hand.
Carpe Librum: Seize the Book is a exhibition of art created out of decommissioned books at Ara City Campus ArtBox. It is a great little event to sandwich in-between all the other WORD gorgeousness you will be experiencing and it’s fun to take in with a friend. Masha and I visited to-day.
This exhibition knocks your average scrapbooking right out of the ballpark. It is essentially concept art for the book lover. Each and every exhibit will challenge you to work out the creative process that went into the making of it; to bounce off one another what you would have done instead and to seriously consider taking a bookbinding course. And it’s OK if you go on your own as well, as the Artist in Residence at Ara has her studio off the end of the venue and she is a chatty lady who is producing amazing art from images of slices of her brain.
And once you’re in that part of the city, there is so much more to explore – great cafe’s, excellent outlets to buy gorgeous stationery and Central Library Manchester to visit. I will let Masha (shown here feigning terror at a giant squid in one of the exhibits) have the last word on this exhibition, she can always express things so eloquently:
More beautiful things for me to love and do.
Which all just goes to prove that WORD Christchurch 2016 offers so much more than words, while you are in town, give this free event at ArtBox a visit!
Following on from the successful exhibition held in October by local Korean painting group Chichi Geureemteo, the library is now privileged to be hosting two more art exhibitions.
The white wall nearest to Main South Road features a 3- Dimensional Chinese Calligraphy and Painting Exhibition by Rev. Canon Gon Loong, QSM. This is a fascinating collection of works blending Chinese and Western sensibilities with the aim to educate the viewer. The 3-dimensional aspect has nothing to do with the current cinematographical 3-D craze – the 3 dimensions refer to art, wisdom and eternity, to inspire, in the artist’s words, a “deeper understanding of the living wisdom of a harmonious world”.
In the Young Adult area visitors can admire instead the fantastic works of students from 12TU and 12WR, the Special Needs classes at Riccarton High School. Their pieces include amazing paintings and sculptures, some of which have also been exhibited in the COCA gallery as part of the IHC/Telecom Regional Art competition. The senior class, 12WR, focused first on a sea theme, and then on masks; whereas the junior class, 12TU, used mixed-media and recycled materials to make mobiles, sunflowers and placemats, as well Jackson Pollock-inspired pieces.
In addition to these exhibitions, works by Riccarton High School Year 10 Art students are scattered throughout the library.
The 3-Dimensional Chinese Calligraphy and Painting Exhibition finishes on Sunday 28th November, while the exhibition by 12TU and 12WR continues to the end of the school year – so why not take a break from the Christmas shopping, and come visit?
In the interim, here’s a taster from the Pulse Te Auaha Flickr photostream. My personal favourite are the iridescent seahorses – what about yours?