Studio 125 Gallery
Studio 125 Gallery is a contemporary art gallery supporting public art in the city. The exhibition inside links to sculptures, paintings, photographs, ceramics and limited editions by artists associated with SCAPE.
SCAPE Public Art's 20th anniversary year has begun with a new collection of limited editions shown for the first time at Studio 125 Gallery. The pop-up contemporary art gallery, located in Merivale at 125 Aikmans Rd, will remain open until Thursday 28 April 2018. Opening hours are Thursday & Friday 11am - 5pm, Saturday 10am - 4pm (or by appointment). Everyone is Welcome!
20th anniversary limited edition artworks from; Neil Dawson, Seung Yul Oh, Phil Price, Sarah Greig and Nina Oberg Humphries plus an impressive collection of exhibiting artists contributing to 20 years of world-class SCAPE Public Art in Christchurch are on show.
Neil Dawson's creation SCAPEXX 2018 holds a hidden surprise. Stenography (from the Greek steganos, or "covered," and graphie, or "writing") is the hiding of a secret message within an ordinary message and the extraction of it at its destination. http://www.scapepublicart.org.nz/support-shop/scapexx
Nina Oberg Humphries has created a SCAPE 20th Anniversary Limited Edition Brooch. The two Frigatebirds pictured in the brooch are seabirds found across all tropical oceans, they migrate each year through the Pacific often reaching New Zealand. Every year SCAPE brings artists and artworks to fill city streets, walls, parks and public spaces. Then they leave and new artworks return with each Season. Exotic Bird of Paradise flowers draw the eye, originating in lands far away and travelling through the Pacific. The flower, thick skinned and elegant represents the many moments of wonder, spaces of contemplation, objects that have connected us through the 20 years of SCAPE in a city where our foundations have been rattled and our futures are wide open. http://www.scapepublicart.org.nz/support-shop/20th-brooch
There is also a new sculpture by Seung Yul Oh Ode Pou 2018 in which the artist's "moments of balance and counterpoint", are manifest in the contrasting scale and complementary forms of its subjects. http://www.scapepublicart.org.nz/support-shop/odepou
Studio 125 Gallery is a partnership between Heather and Neville Brown and SCAPE Public Art for the promotion and advancement of public art in Christchurch. Artist and Philanthropist Heather Brown will open her Merivale studio to the public as a pop-up gallery, to promote and fund raise for public art in the city.
The contemporary art gallery, the first of its kind in Merivale, is hoped to ignite the area’s art scene. It will also provide an opportunity for collectors and supporters to invest in sculptures and artworks in support of public art in the city. The endeavor is a new philanthropic model supporting local Christchurch and New Zealand artists.
Deborah McCormick, Director of SCAPE Public Art, says that the presentation of work in Studio 125 Gallery is an exciting new location to exhibit. “Studio 125 Gallery offers an eclectic selection including original sculptures, paintings, photographs, ceramics and limited editions that places art at the heart of Merivale, sparking the imagination of locals. A new way of supporting public art in a positive way.”
Heather Brown says her hope is to make people feel ‘at home’ in art environments. “By opening my studio as a gallery I hope to develop a closer connection and relationship between artists, galleries, art organisations and the public. I would like people to feel welcomed and relaxed to experience and enjoy a wide range of excellent artwork.”