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Media Statement 2 July, 1998

Advance Schedule Of Exhibitions At
The Robert McDougall Art Gallery & Annex

The Robert McDougall is Christchurch’s public art gallery which features regularly changing exhibitions of international and New Zealand historical and contemporary art. The McDougall Contemporary Art Annex is one of New Zealand’s leading contemporary art venues. The Robert McDougall Art Gallery is located behind the Canterbury Museum in the Botanic Gardens off Rolleston Avenue. The McDougall Contemporary Art Annex is situated across the road in the Arts Centre, Worcester Boulevard, Christchurch. Hours are 10 a.m.-5:30 p.m. every day from Labour weekend to Easter inclusive. Winter hours are 10 a.m. - 4.30 p.m. Closed Christmas Day and Good Friday. Admission is free.

Nb. Italicised text indicates shows which are on in the McDougall Contemporary Art Annex, in the Christchurch Arts Centre.


Seraphine Pick
5 June-12 July

Having built up a substantial body of work since her graduation in 1987, this exhibition brings together representative pieces from each phase in Pick’s development from the early ‘dreamscapes’ of childhood memories and the sensual images in her post-European painting to the newest style fusing these past approaches together.

Revisioning the Real
20 June-23 August, 1998

Organised and toured by Lopdell House Gallery Auckland, this show features New Zealand contemporary artists working in a figurative or representational vein. "But what can it mean to be a realist, or more appropriately, to be concerned with representation in the late twentieth century. It is this question which underpins Revisioning the Real." (Brett Levine, Curator)

Drawings from the Collection by Twentieth Century Artists
27 June-30 August

Eighteen major Canterbury artists (from circa 1905 to 1995) are represented in this selection of drawings from the Gallery’s collection.

Reckoning with the Past
1 July-6 September 1998

An exhibition of contemporary Chinese painting initiated by the Fruitmarket Gallery for the Edinburgh Festival of the Arts. Features 66 works by 15 artists. Supported by Asia 2000 in association with New Zealand Museums Company and Creative New Zealand.

Earthwalk: Judy McIntosh Wilson
17 July-23 August 1998

Highlights selected from a major survey exhibition of one of New Zealand’s most internationally acclaimed sculptural artists. Based in North Canterbury, this artist’s work will be familiar to many visitors to the McDougall. Her exhibition, Tall Poppies was seen at the main Gallery in 1994, and her basalt stone circles were featured in the Gallery’s ‘Sculpture in the Gardens’ exhibition in the Summer of 1995/96 . -

John Edgar: Lie of the Land
29 August-25 October, 1998

A nationally-touring exhibition of stone sculptures exploring how real and imaginary concepts of "the land" have become embedded into our culture and have taken on the power of icons, influencing our behaviour, our identity, and the very way that we present ourselves to the world.

Benjamin Mountfort
17 September-22 November, 1998

A collection of Gothic Revival drawings and photographs from this well-known architect whose designs include Canterbury Museum, Provincial Council Chambers and what is now the Christchurch Arts Centre. This show will be part of a city-wide celebration of Mountfort’s life and work marking the centennary of his death.

Visa Gold Art Award
28 August - 4 October, 1998

This national art competition was established seven years ago to encourage and support contemporary artists in New Zealand. The prize winners and selected finalists will be shown at the Auckland Art Gallery, City Gallery in Wellington and we are delighted to announce that the McDougall Contemporary Art Annex will be the first ever South Island venue for this exciting exhibition.

Canterbury Prints
5 September 1998 - 24 January 1999

Forty Years of Canterbury Painting
31 October 1998 - 24 January 1999

Skywriters and Earthmovers
9 October-29 November, 1998

Featuring works by eight of New Zealand’s leading contemporary painters, painters, this show celebrates the tenth anniversary of the McDougall Contemporary Art Annex by illustrating a stylistic thread running through the work of a number of Canterbury-trained artists. Including works by Chris Heaphy, Shane Cotton, Grant Takle Seraphine Pick, Tony de Lautour and Saskia Leek. This show will also emphasise the role the Annex has played in Canterbury’s contemporary art scene during that time.

12 December 1998 - 7 March 1999

This touring exhibition initiated by the Auckland Art Gallery, features the outstanding work of artist Charles Frederick Goldie, whose Maori portraits have made him a household name.


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