TAKe A STEP INTO THE UNKNOWN, CHRISTCHURCH'S PUBLIC ART SCENE
Don't miss SCAPE's Opening Weekend 5-7 October to rediscover the city's wonders through the SCAPE Public Art Walkway
This spring festival, a world-class art event comes into full bloom in Christchurch in October. It is the 20th anniversary of the annual SCAPE Public Art festival so expect celebrations to be large-scale, impressive and unforgettable.
A towering bronze sculpture by world renowned artist Tony Cragg, a glittering gala dinner with Justin Paton (Curator of International Art at the Art Gallery of New South Wales and famed author of How to Look at a Painting), and more than a dozen daring new public artworks for Christchurch by some of the most exciting artists in the world, are just a few of the offerings that make up the SCAPE Public Art Season 2018 (6 October - 17 November).
The 5.5m metre tall, bronze sculpture Mixed Feelings by Tony Cragg has already been announced as one of the SCAPE Season 2018 artworks, with further contributing projects to be revealed as the countdown ticks towards Friday 5 October – when Opening Weekend begins.
The announcement of artworks now flows into the build towards the Season opening and includes favourites by artists returning from Seasons past; Michel de Broin, Paul Hartigan and Caroline Rothwell. New presentations include a selection from Tom Dale, Hannah Beehre, Erica van Zon, Piri Cowie, Brett Graham, Chris Ulutupu, Ben Pearce and George Rickey. The 20th anniversary will also be marked by the permanent installation of artworks by Nathan Pohio, David McCracken and a new commission by Sēmisi Fetokai Potauaine.
Eclectic, artistic, intellectually enquiring and a little bit off the wall – this is the Christchurch that locals know and love. Where the city’s charms were largely shrouded during the post-earthquake rebuild, the revitalisation of many places of significance and nostalgia is seeing this uniquely Christchurch spirit radiate once again in its people and spaces.
Christchurch is a city building a reputation for its urban art and ingenuity in hospitality, architecture and public spaces. The combination of old and new – the beloved Christchurch Trams, Tūranga (the city’s new state of the art central city library), the Arts Centre, Christchurch Art Gallery Te Puna o Waiwhetū, CoCA, the Botanic Gardens – all will feature as locations in this SCAPE Season.
For this year’s 20th anniversary Season, SCAPE Public Art Executive Director, Deborah McCormick has been delighted to secure an enviable lineup, “I’m very excited about what we have planned. Artistically it is a high quality selection that, I believe, any major city worldwide would be proud to exhibit. Adding our own uniquely Christchurch flavour makes it all the more special.”
“We have been growing the SCAPE Seasons over 20 years, and now, featuring the likes of Tony Cragg and Justin Paton, the high calibre of the event is front and centre. It’s a must-see for both arts professionals and enthusiasts. Our offering is free-to-view and particpate in – the festival is truly for everyone,” she said.
Loren Heaphy, General Manager of Destination and Attraction at Christchurch NZ says, “SCAPE Public Art and its philosophy is inextricably integrated with the spirit of Christchurch. It’s an important event on our local calendar in spring, and many visitors nationally and internationally make a pilgrimage to experience the annual event.”
“It’s a great time to visit Christchurch, there are new things popping up all the time as more and more people are exploring our new central city. Events are a great way to experience our Christchurch lifestyle and SCAPE’s Seasons are not to be missed.”
SCAPE Curator, Heather Galbraith’s selection is based on the theme Our Braided Future.
“For this momentous occasion,” she said, “We’re looking back at SCAPE’s history and the artworks that they’ve developed in response to Ōtautahi Christchurch, as well as casting our minds to the possible futures facing the city and its peoples where multiple voices and perspectives are heard and valued. We’ve brought together works from SCAPE’s archives, with existing works never before seen in the region, and brand new artworks too.”
The public can view the artworks – for free – and participate in a diverse public programme, during the six-week Season, from Saturday 6 October – Saturday 17 November 2018. But to taste the festival at it’s freshest, when the artworks are the talk of the town, and artists and curator are visiting for the big reveal, one must consider attending the opening weekend.
A weekend of intense art appreciation, it’s your time to mingle with the people and artists involved, hear behind-the-scenes stories, and be one of the first to interact with the artworks and limited-time-only activities arranged to compliment their opening.
What’s On – Opening Weekend
Lights, camera, action! Friday (5 October) evening will commence with a vibrant whānau fashion show in the Arts Centre’s Great Hall. With artistic direction from Ngāi Tahu artist, Piri Cowie, every garment has been painstakingly thought through, using only natural dyes and customised patterns inspired by nature and her Ngāi Tahu cultural heritage. Beyond Opening Weekend, Piri’s works will transform into a participatory project. The event will feature kapa haka, waiata, mahinga kai and unique taonga made by the artist.
t is titled MAURI MOANA –
ko Au Te Moana ko Te Moana ko Au,
I am the Ocean and the Ocean is me.
The same night, watch as the foyer and façade of Christchurch Art Gallery Te Puna o Waiwhetū is illuminated in a kaleidoscope of multi-coloured lights moving and reflecting around the architecture and surfaces. Paul Hartigan’s, Alphabetica Redux 2004/18 is a blast from the past, one of the people’s favourites from an earlier SCAPE Season returning as part of 20th anniversary celebrations. He’ll be on-site drawing the images live as they’re projected, on 5 October 2018 only. It’s an immersive and otherworldly experience, a 3D visual spectacle that brings the space to life after dark.
20th anniversary celebrations; the glittering black tie Gala Dinner and the Anderson Lloyd SCAPE Public Art Business and Arts Partnership Awards ceremony, begins. It will be a night of sublime entertainment; including a certain raven haired trubador who cannot yet be officially announced (stay tuned for updates...), and the acclaimed guest speaker Justin Paton.
Tables of corporate sponsors, art influencers, plus you and yours (secure your tickets now), will be dining with the SCAPE artists, swinging to the fabulous live music, and diving into the inner workings of one of the most prolific public art producing organisations in New Zealand. It only comes around every 20 years, and it’s an extraordinary history worthy of celebration.
Sunday (7 October) will be one for learning, exploring, discovering and lively discussion. There are many opportunities to get out in the spring sunshine on the Public Art Walkway guided walks, or take your chance to ask a question of our artists during public talks. It’s astounding how much thought and preparation goes into a SCAPE Season artwork, and attendees can pick up some cool insider tips to be shared with friends next time you’re in central Christchurch.
local and emerging artists; think big! (like outer space big...)
Announcing Re:ACTIVATE 2018: New Brighton workshop and artists open call
Ever dreamed your art would be visible from space? That millions of people worldwide could zoom into it with the click of a mouse? Christchurch’s freshest art competition asks participants to design a basketball court, or huge mural wall visible on Google Earth.
The competition, titled Re:ACTIVATE 2018: New Brighton, will see two new, community-driven public artworks enliven the foreshore of New Brighton. The coastal Christchurch suburb, an area hit hard by the Canterbury quakes, is already building a name for itself as a creative hub with a vibrant art and street art scene, and any artists over the age of 18 now have the opportunity to make their mark.
Re:ACTIVATE 2018: New Brighton is run by SCAPE Public Art. It is not a new initiative, but it is the first time exhibition of the winning artworks has been held in a location outside the Christchurch CBD and in conjunction with Development Christchurch Ltd (DCL). SCAPE has been delivering high quality artworks through Re:ACTIVATE every two years since 2012, and as part of this, has achieved significant attention and visitation to the exhibition sites, and boosted support for local artists.
The winner of the first Re:ACTIVATE competition, Resene Art in The Streets, was Rachael Dewhirst with her mural Kaleidoscopic Nights, 2012. At the time, she was a Fine Arts honours student at the University of Canterbury and has since gone on to establish her place as a full-time artist, exhibiting widely around New Zealand and having such distinctions as; finalist in the Parkin Prize, 2016 and her work in the collections of the James Wallace Trust and the University of Canterbury.
SCAPE Public Art Executive Director Deborah McCormick is excited to be able to facilitate the competition for artists once again. “Re:ACTIVATE is a great opportunity for anyone who considers themselves an artist, whatever stage they may be at, to have their work selected and exhibited in large-scale, visible to a wide audience,” she said.
“We are so pleased to have secured this location on the New Brighton foreshore to showcase emerging artists work in a fun and practical way. These two new Re:ACTIVATE works will add to the groundswell of art in the area and contribute to the wow-factor of New Brighton.”
Home to many artists, the neighbourhood is undergoing a lot of regeneration, and Coastal-Burwood Community Board chairperson Kim Money is equally enthusiastic and excited about this addition of public art. “We are doing all we can to make New Brighton a destination for Christchurch families and visitors alike to enjoy even more. The new beachfront playground has proven very popular and we hold some great annual events like Kite Day and are part of the World Buskers Festival. Support from SCAPE Public Art and DCL to bring a visual spectacle to our beach front is a great collaboration and further extends the appeal of the sunny, beachside environment here.”
Inspiration for the competition brief has developed from Project Backboard, a non-profit organisation in the USA that refurbishes neighbourhood basketball courts by covering them in art. Participating areas have seen increased usage of public courts and parks, and greater inter-generational play, helping people to understand each other and strengthen communities, and it is hoped the combination of art and sport will have a similar effect in Christchurch.
There is strong support in New Brighton for public art initiatives, according to the responses in the recent DCL residents’ survey conducted in April 2018. Survey responses identified public art in the area as one of the top priorities.
Canterbury Basketball General Manager Paul Duggan said, “Basketball and urban street culture have been intertwined since the early 70’s, especially in places like New York City’s Rucker Park and Venice Beach in Los Angeles. Having an artistic element to the official FIBA 3x3 basketball court in New Brighton will enhance the sporting experience and attract participants from the wider Christchurch community. The Canterbury Basketball Association is committed to supporting this initiative and is excited to see this development occur in the eastern suburbs, where basketball and art have an already strong presence.”
Anyone over the age of 18 can enter Re:ACTIVATE 2018: New Brighton, and all entrants are encouraged to attend the 4th Re:ACTIVATE Public Art Development Workshop first.
The workshop is a practical guide for local and emerging artists, and tertiary art and design students. It covers all elements of public art delivery, including; how to respond to a brief and explore site issues, practical production requirements and expectations of delivery frameworks, funding, budgets and contracts, and the unique climate of creative opportunities in the city at present.
One of a cast of local artists and art activators speaking and advising during the workshop is Art Historian Dr. Reuben Woods, whose research has explored the performances of urban art in post-quake Christchurch. He believes the competition is a great opportunity for artists to turn their ideas into reality and provides a unique setting and scale to explore and transform. “Graffiti and street art have been major elements in the significant and continuing rebuild and recovery of the Christchurch CBD. But we have also seen them play a role in the transformation in New Brighton and other suburban areas of the city. SCAPE’s Re:ACTIVATE project provides an awesome opportunity for artists, and in a unique format that combines a significant visual platform with a functional community space.”
“Anyone with a vision for this space, even if you’re not sure how to convey it into a proposal, should come along to the workshop on 7 August. You’ll have a chance to talk to the people involved, learn more about how public art is produced and how to get your work out there,” says Deborah McCormick.
Winners will be selected by a panel made up of local community members, key organisations and art experts. Judging will take into consideration artistic quality as well as fit for the local area and its people.
The winning design for the basketball court will be implemented by Park-Life www.parklife.co.nz later this year.
The 4th Re:ACTIVATE Public Art Development Workshop will be held on Tuesday 7 August 2018 4pm - 8pm at the Grace Vineyard Church, 111-113 Seaview Road, New Brighton.
It is free to attend. Registration is essential, register online here. There are 50 places available.
Re:ACTIVATE 2018: New Brighton is an open call to all emerging artists over the age of 18. The two briefs will be provided at the workshop, and are available online here.
Submission deadline is Thursday 30 August 2018.
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First artist announced for scape 20th anniversary season 2018
Collaboration enables presentation of Tony Cragg's Mixed Feelings for New Zealand
British sculptor Tony Cragg, widely recognised as one of the most acclaimed artists of his generation, is announced as part of Our Braided Future the curated element of the SCAPE Public Art Season 2018.
The artwork is being shipped to Christchurch from Europe and will arrive ahead of the annual six-week SCAPE Season (Saturday 6 October – Saturday 17 November), but will remain in the city throughout summer. The large-scale 5.5m bronze sculpture will form part of the central city SCAPE Public Art Walkway. The art trail, and SCAPE’s wider programme of events, has become synonymous with Christchurch in spring – drawing large crowds both locally, nationally and internationally.
“We are absolutely delighted to bring Tony Cragg’s Mixed Feelings to Christchurch, his first large-scale presentation of public artwork in New Zealand. In our twentieth year the Season 2018 will be our most comprehensive presentation to date,” said Deborah McCormick, Executive Director of SCAPE Public Art.
“We are thrilled to have been able to collaborate with Gow Langsford Gallery and the Philipp Family Foundation to make this happen and be accessible to everyone. Tony Cragg’s sculptures are comparable to the works of Picasso in terms of reputation and reverence – he’s one of the great artists of his generation. This sculpture will inspire and provide prestige when it comes to Christchurch. An education package accompanying the piece will be delivered in our new Education Zone which has found its home within Tūranga (the new Central Library).”
Mixed Feelings, 2012 will be in residence at Christ’s College Quadrangle, a grass canvas that has become familiar to the annual presentations of SCAPE. The piece is an immense glowing monument, formed by two intertwining bronze towers, pushing together and pulling apart as they spiral towards the sky. As the viewer circles the piece, human profiles come into and out of focus. Each tower of feeling exerts a gravitational pull on the other, creating a unique, pulsating form of energy.
Previously exhibited in London, Prague and Amsterdam amongst others, the artwork is on loan to SCAPE Public Art courtesy of the Gow Langsford Gallery in Auckland who have built a relationship with the artist over many years. A crucial piece to the success of this project was the vision and dedication of one of the Founding Directors Gary Langsford MNZM, to bring the artwork to Christchurch.
“It is wonderful to have the opportunity to work with SCAPE in its 20th year. They’ve been pioneering and ambitious in bringing world-class public art to Christchurch,” said Gary Langsford MNZM, Founding Director of Gow Langsford Gallery.
“Our organisations have enjoyed a long and mutually beneficial relationship, and the 20th anniversary of SCAPE provided the perfect opportunity to bring a monumental work by Tony Cragg to New Zealand,” Langsford said.
“Tony has previously exhibited at the City Gallery in Wellington (1998) and several times at Gow Langsford Gallery in Auckland since 2005. Although these exhibitions featured a number of significant works by Tony, reflecting his varied sculptural practice, none of the works were of the scale of Mixed Feelings. The challenges of bringing such a large-scale work from Europe to New Zealand are many, and Gow Langsford Gallery are delighted to partner with SCAPE and the Philipp Family Foundation to make this a reality.”
The Philipp Family Foundation are also responsible for funding towards the cost of freight, insurance, exhibition and an associated education resource which will bring many children into the city centre to visit, interact and enjoy the artwork.
Peter Sherwin from the Philipp Family Foundation said, “The arts have had a transformative power in Christchurch, touching people’s lives as a modern city is rebuilt, and we are proud to have been, and continue to be, a part of that. We are particularly excited to also be able to support the associated Mixed Feelings children’s education programme. SCAPE’s programme will enable children to visit the site, view the sculpture and undertake art making activities. The children will experience the benefits of the relationship between Arts, Health and Wellbeing.”
The Philipp Family Foundation were also integral in securing Seung Yul Oh’s, Conduct Cumulus, 2017 for the South Quadrangle in the newly refurbished site within the Arts Centre.
In the third Season of her three-year curatorial tenure of SCAPE, Heather Galbraith (Professor of Fine Arts at Massey University) has taken the 20th anniversary of SCAPE Public Art as an opportunity to look back at the artworks that have been developed, commissioned, and sited in response to the central city of Ōtautahi, as well as to cast our minds to the possible futures facing the city and its peoples. The 2018 artworks respond to the theme of Our Braided Future.
E kore e taea e te whenu kotahi ki te raranga i te whāriki kia mōhio ki a tatou,
The tapestry of understanding cannot be woven by one thread alone.
- Kūkupu Tirikatene ONZM, Ngāi Tahu kaumatua
The selection will be on show in a range of spaces around Christchurch and are part of a broader six-week event for the city between Saturday 6 October – Saturday 17 November 2018.
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Auckland and Seoul-based artist Seung Yul Oh presented Conduct Cumulus 2017 as part of Time in Space (territories and flow), to complete the curated element of the SCAPE Public Art Season 2017.
A community of oversize bubbles will drift across the lawn of the South Quadrangle in the newly refurbished site with a long, rich history of public use and cultural activity. Conduct Cumulus, with its light and playful tone, is the first public commission in the South Island by Oh. The artist has observed our enduring fascination with bubbles, such as during family time with children at play, and celebratory events such as children’s birthday parties. Bubbles also have interesting properties for those who see beyond beautiful floating spheres. No matter what shape it has initially, a bubble will try to become a sphere – the shape that maximises the surface area and requires the least energy to achieve. When one bubble meets another, the resulting union is always one of total sharing and compromise.
The Philipp Family Foundation are responsible for significant funding towards the cost of the public artwork and an associated education resource which will bring many children into the city centre to visit, interact and enjoy the artwork. Leighs Construction have significantly contributed to the installation, in keeping with the art and industry sponsorship model SCAPE has successfully developed over the last, almost, 20 years. Both align to the idea that public art lends itself well to strengthening community and public engagement in the evolving city of Christchurch. Leighs Construction is presently on site at the Arts Centre delivering the CE West Theatre Restoration project. Past public art projects Leighs Construction has installed for SCAPE include Neil Dawson’s Fanfare 2014/15 and David McCracken’s Diminish and Ascend 2014.
The artist wants the work to honour the extraordinary actions and energies of Christchurch citizens, working individually and collectively through self-determined groups and communities of interest to rebuild their city post-quakes. The ‘Conduct’ within the title of the work refers to the idea of an orchestra where individual parts are conducted to form a unified rhythm of units. ‘Cumulus’ refers to an accumulation of airborne particles that appear to be shaped and directed by forces such as wind. The location of Rutherford’s Den and the history of the Arts Centre as a haven for families and culture also found an echo with the conceptual development of this work.
SCAPE Public Art Director, Deborah McCormick commented, “Oh’s Conduct Cumulus sculpture sees SCAPE engaging the public in this beloved central city space offering another reason to visit the Arts Centre. For many it may be their first visit to the iconic, newly restored, cultural hub of Christchurch and even to the city centre itself. We are especially delighted to be joined by a new lead sponsor in the Philipp Family Foundation and to have partnered in the production of the work by Leighs Construction. Oh is to be congratulated on his colourful, fun and engaging sculptural elements that create a fresh contemporary environment within the South Quadrangle.”
In the second Season of her three-year curatorial tenure of SCAPE, Heather Galbraith has celebrated artworks which explore how different understandings of time (geological, cultural, cosmological), and alternative ways of recounting histories combine to shape a sense of place. The 2017 artworks have been shown in a range of spaces around Christchurch, with many remaining in place beyond the planned Season to be enjoyed in the city for early summer.
Born in Seoul, Korea in 1981, Seung Yul Oh moved to New Zealand 15 years ago and completed an MFA at Auckland University's Elam School of Fine Arts. He now divides his time between Auckland and Seoul.
Large-scale diatoms to inhabit Hagley Park and Canterbury Museum
First artists announced for SCAPE Season 2017
Christchurch-born artist Wayne Barrar and Auckland-based Anton Parsons are the first artists to be announced as part of Time in Space (territories and flow), the curated element of the SCAPE Public Art 2017 Season.
Wayne Barrar’s In/Visible Landscape 2017 drawn from his extensive series of photographs The Glass Archive, will feature on a large banner on the outside of the Canterbury Museum, and billboards at seven locations across Hagley Park, with further pieces displayed inside the Museum.
The Glass Archive is a large body of photographs exploring the extraction, arrangement and circulation of diatoms and other microfossils for scientific study. Diatoms are comprised of tiny silica skeletons, remnants of algae from millions of years ago and are often found as fossils in diatomite deposits. Glass slides of diatoms were sold to amateur Victorian microscopists, and have been photographed by Barrar through a microscope, enabling us to view the detailed forms and patterns not normally visible to the naked eye.
Seven-large billboard works in Hagley Park including of fossil marine diatoms photographed through a microscope compliment a large banner on the front of the Canterbury Museum, and a giant colour pigment print in the main foyer, both featuring arranged diatoms.
Continuing a long association with SCAPE Public Art, Anderson Lloyd are again involved in the Season, and are the major sponsor of Barrar’s work.
Anderson Lloyd Partner Ben Johnston said, “We are excited to be a sponsor of SCAPE's 2017 Season, and in particular helping to showcase Wayne Barrar's In/Visible Landscape in Christchurch. Associate Professor Barrar's body of work, which considers the way landscapes change and are re-defined through human interaction, has particular relevance for Christchurch in our rebuild environment.”
Anton Parsons work comprises two impressive sculptures forged from metal. Myopia and Acquiesce are in residence at Christ’s College Quadrangle.
Myopia 2017 explores ideas about distance (both physical and metaphorical) and perceptions of the world depending on where you see things from. The aluminium rounds are spaced out in braille to spell ‘myopia’ and ‘hyperopia’. These terms are often used to describe conditions of sight (myopia – shortsighted, hyperopia – longsighted), and the work invites us to consider different ways to perceive the world.
Acquiesce 2017 also features patterning that is in braille, but the meaning of the text is more ambiguous. It could be a highly sophisticated code, or pure decoration.
The form of Acquiesce is an abbreviated version of the seam of a tennis ball, a linear shape that Parsons has been working with since 2006. This seam is a clever geometrical solution to form a robust 3-D sphere from a 2-D surface. Here the form has less of a utilitarian role, and more a metaphorical one. It has no beginning or finishing point, it is endless. The application of braille to a 3-D four-sided profile further challenges a simple translation, and offers the viewer scope for interpretation.
Anton Parsons is a long-time collaborating artist with SCAPE. Passing Time, was created for the 6th SCAPE, and installed only a few days prior to the Christchurch earthquake on 22 February 2011.
In the second Season of her three-year curatorial tenure of SCAPE, Heather Galbraith is celebrating artworks which explore how different understandings of time (geological, cultural, cosmological), and alternative ways of recounting histories combine to shape a sense of place. The 2017 artworks will be on show in a range of spaces around Christchurch, with Canterbury Museum acting as the starting point for the exhibition’s Public Art Walkway. The works by Barrar and Parsons bring visual and symbolic impact to these pockets of the city, connecting to form an integral part of the SCAPE Season 2017 Public Art Walkway.
Wayne Barrar is an Associate Professor at Whiti o Rehua School of Art at Massey University, Wellington. His photography has been widely exhibited and published internationally since the 1980s, and his work is held in major national and metropolitan collections. Publications include the monographic books – Shifting Nature, University of Otago Press 2001, An Expanding Subterra, Dunedin Public Art Gallery 2010, Torbay tī kōuka: A New Zealand tree in the English Riviera, University of Plymouth Press 2011, and The Glass Archive: Photographs by Wayne Barrar, 2016.
Based in Auckland, Anton Parsons is one of New Zealand's leading sculptors. He graduated from the University of Canterbury School of Fine Arts in 1990. His work is held in public and private collections throughout New Zealand. Parsons’ practice has embraced a wide range of media and modes: industrial materials, readymade objects, photography and installation. His works engage physical space in profound, often unsettling ways through apparently simple means.
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