Papa Hou at The Kind Foundation
4 Rolleston Avenue
10am – 4pm
Located in the heart of the central city, Papa Hou is a vibrant hub featuring a Black Box Theatre, Pūmanawa Preschool, Elevate Fitness gym, Muscle People physio, youth and community spaces, dance and movement studios, and more. Join us for a day of family-friendly fun and your chance to explore the many treasures of Papa Hou. You will get a taste of what each unique space has to offer PLUS there will be free face painting, a sausage sizzle, and lots more. The new cafe, Atawhai, will also be open and ready to serve those looking for their coffee-fix. This is a day you don’t want to miss, check out the Facebook event here!
Chloe Cull and Māia Abraham in Conversation
Where: Toi Moroki Centre of Contemporary Art
66 Gloucester Street
When: 3.00pm – 4.00pm
Chloe Cull (Pouarataki – Curator Māori at Christchurch Art Gallery) and Māia Abraham (Kaiwhakahaere Ngā Ratonga Maori, Manager Māori & Multicultural Services, Christchurch City Libraries) in conversation about Robyn Kahukiwa’s extensive and varied body of work.
Drawing Workshops at Teece Museum of Classical Antiquities
Where: Teece Museum of Antiquities, 3 Hereford Street
When: 1pm – 4.30pm
1.00 – 2.00pm Workshop 1, Drawing from the (ancient) antique: A one hour drawing class with Jon Jeet where attendees will have the opportunity to draw inspiration from the Logie Collection of classical antiquities. This class will be hosted in the Museum and is free, but registration is compulsory. Register here.
3.30pm – 4.30pm, Workshop 2, Life drawing in the Teece Museum: A one hour drawing class with Jon Jeet in the Teece Museum after hours. The ancient Greeks were fascinated with the human form and as a result the Teece Museum exhibition features a wide range of ancient Greek artefacts sporting nudes. The museum venue will provide a unique atmosphere and engage the senses! This class will be hosted in the Teece Museum and is free, but registration is compulsory. Register here
Christchurch Art Gallery Te Puna o Waiwhetū
Where: Christchurch Art Gallery Te Puna o Waiwhetū
Join curators Melanie Oliver and Jane Wallace as they introduce you to the new exhibition ‘Spring Time is Heart-break: Contemporary Art in Aotearoa’.
Working in textiles, sculpture, painting, photography, moving image and sound, the twenty-four artists in Spring Time is Heart-break explore the transitions between places, and across time. An Ursula Bethell poem lends the exhibition its title, echoing the seasonal temporality and tenderness in the works. Spring Time is Heart-break compels you to think, and feel.
Little Street Art Festival Launch
It’s been a busy month gearing up for this – but we are so excited to launch our first ever Little Street Art Festival this weekend! From Friday, our roster of artists will be adding playful, thoughtful, poignant and even interactive works of smaller scaled street art to the city’s streets! We love the group of artists we have assembled for the inaugural festival and can’t wait for you to explore the city and discover their works – more details of each artist’s projects will come in the following days – so stay tuned!
On top of the art works themselves, we have a range of activations for you to enjoy as well – like guided tours, artist conversations, treasure hunts and workshop activities – so get amongst it.
The Great Museum Santa Search
Where: Canterbury Museum at CoCA, 66 Gloucester Street
When: 25 November 2023 to 7 January 2024
The family Christmas time favourite, The Great Museum Santa Search,is back, but in a new venue and with a bit of a twist.
Sharpen your observation skills at the pop-up Museum, 66 Gloucester Street, and search out the secrets of the Museum Santas.
Pick up an entry form at the front desk. It will have clues to help you answer the questions. When you think you’ve come up with all the correct answers, post your entry form in the box. The first correct entry drawn wins a prize.
The Great Museum Santa Search has been an annual tradition at the Museum for 20 years.
The competition opens at Canterbury Museum at CoCA on 25 November – the same day as The Block Party – and runs to 7 January 2024. It is open to children 15 years and under.
Come into the city and have fun in this free festive activity.
Entry to the Museum is free, donations are appreciated.