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Exhibitions and Displays

Heritage Exhibition by d’Alfrey

Themed around the concept of heritage, this exhibition features the work of several artists in a variety of media, including oils, acrylic, decoupage and sculpture.

Gallery O, The Arts Centre
2 Worcester Boulevard
10am-5pm daily, 18 June-1 July
Free, 363 2836

Wuhan Cityscape – Photography Exhibition

Photographic images from Wuhan, China

Our City O-Tautahi
Corner of Worcester Boulevard and Oxford Terrace
Open 10am-4pm
Exhibition runs Monday 18 June-Saturday 14 July
Free, 941 7460

Projecting Our Past

Images that capture the varied strands of Canterbury’s past. Displays of children’s favourite places, city landmarks and tips on how to save Christchurch’s heritage.

Christchurch City Council
Civic Offices, 163-173 Tuam Street
18 June-2 July

Voyages of Pacific Discovery

Treasures from the University of Canterbury Library Collections. A visual journey of European Exploration of the Pacific, 1600-1840.

This exhibition has been designed to showcase some of the fantastic materials relating to European exploration of the Pacific held in the University of Canterbury Library. The items selected for this exhibition are sourced primarily from the Macmillan Brown Library collection, one of six specialist libraries the make up UC Library.

From among the many voyages of European exploratin in the Pacific, here are just three of those journeys, each of which captured a moment of particular importance in the history of the Pacific.

  • The Voyage of the Resolution (1776-1780)
  • The Voyage of the Astrolable (1837-1840)
  • The Voyage of the Herald (1838-1842)

To access the exhibition, please visit from 22 June 2007 to 22 June 2008

Sydenham Church Celebration

130 year celebrations of laying the foundation stone at the Sydenham Heritage Church. On display will be memorabilia from Sydenham: Luke Adams Pottery; Sydenham Rugby Club; Sydenham School. Luke Adams came to New Zealand from Hampshire in 1873, and is well-known for the pottery he produced in Sydenham from 1881 – shortly before his death in 1918. The Sydenham Heritage Church is a protected heritage church with a connection to the Samoan Congregational Church (Le Ekalesia Faalapotopotoga Kerisiano o Samoa). It was built in 1878 to a design by Melbourne architects Crouch and Wilson and was purchased by the Samoan Congregationalists in 1986 who used it until 1997 when they built a new church in Linwood.

Sydenham Heritage Church
Corner of Colombo Street and Brougham Street
1pm-4pm daily, 22-29 June
Optional gold coin donation, 363 79267

Seadrift Exhibition

One of New Zealand’s earliest children’s stories, written by one of Christchurch’s founding fathers, James Edward Fitzgerald, presented in a series of large format panels.

ChristChurch Cathedral
9am-5pm, 22-28 June
Free, 366 0046

Building Akaroa

This exhibition highlights Akaroa’s built heritage and the people from various parts of the world who contributed to the development of the historic town.

Akaroa Museum
71 Rue Lavaud, Akaroa
10.30am-4pm daily, Friday 22 June-Friday 6 July
Adult $4.00, Seniors/Students $3.50, Child $1, 03 304 1013

Andre Brooke: Contemporary Art in Christchurch 1959-1965

Andre Brooke opened the first dealer gallery in Christchurch and introduced an urbane European culture to the City that had previously been absent. In 1960 he became the Secretary of the Canterbury Society of Arts and established New Zealand's first contemporary art award: the Controversial Hay's Art Prize. This exhibition profiles his contribution to the arts in Christchurch.

CoCA Gallery, 66 Gloucester Street
Friday 22 June-Saturday 1 July
Tuesday-Friday: 10am-5pm; Saturday-Sunday: 12noon-4pm
Free, 366 7261

Lyttelton, Cradle of Canterbury

Discover the new extension at Lyttelton Museum

Lyttelton Museum will be open extended hours during Heritage Week. Come and visit our unique museum and see our newly opened extension which houses new displays of artifacts from:

  • Rapaki’s Maori display;
  • Lyttelton Borough Council days;
  • Lyttelton Borough/District High School;
  • Norton’s Bakery and other early Lyttelton businesses;
  • The Lyttelton Community Oral History Collection;
  • The completed research of Lyttelton’s Historic buildings (in spiral bound volumes)

And much more!

Take this opportunity to revisit our Antarctic and Maritime Galleries and extensive social history collections.

Lyttelton Museum
2 Gladstone Quay (far end of Norwich Quay) Lyttelton
12noon-4pm, Saturday 23 June, Sunday 24 June, Saturday 30 June and Sunday 1 July
2pm-4pm, Monday 25 June, Tuesday 26 June, Wednesday 27 June, Thursday 28 June and Friday 29 June
Donations welcome, 328 8972

Pacific Pathways Interpreted at Stoddart Cottage

An exhibition by local artists who exhibit regularly at the Stoddart Cottage, on the theme of Pacific Pathways.

Stoddart’s Cottage
Purau Terrace or access from Diamond Harbour hall, Diamond Harbour
1pm-4pm daily, 24 June-1 July
Gold coin entry, 329 4092

Lot 981/132 Lichfield Street

Art exhibition with an historical focus. On show will be paintings and prints accompanied by explanatory research concerning five layers of the history that has occurred on the land – named Lot 981 when Christchurch was settled by Europeans. It is now 132 Lichfield Street where artist Jenny Lee has the Brick Lane Studio. The five layers of history discovered on the site so far include:

  • Ngai Tahu (pre 1850);
  • William Wilson’s plant nursery (1860-1870s);
  • Booming business building the city (1880-1910);
  • The sewing business (mid 20th century);
  • Regeneration (late 20th early 21st).

113 Lichfield Street
12noon-6pm daily during Heritage Week
Free, 027 413 1624

Historic Portraits from the Asia Pacific

The people and culture of the Asia Pacific can be explored here through historic portraits and artworks. Mingled with these are the usual pieces from the collection, including portraits of famous people and antique clocks. This is all housed in a beautiful old former Convent surrounded by a lovely garden.

The Pier Lodge Bed and Breakfast and Lonsdale House Museum
97 Lonsdale Street, New Brighton
11am-3.30pm, every day except Sunday
Adults $5, Students $2, Senior Citizens $3, children 50c, 388 3388 / 388 7689

The Inside Story

John Simpson reveals all on the Phillip Trustrum window and the Ria Bancroft sculptures.

Catholic Cathedral
26 & 28 June
1pm & 6pm respectively
Free, 377 4268

Youth Heritage Competition

The 2007 Youth Heritage Competition invited school aged children from within Christchurch to explore their heritage using the theme; “Remember when – gathering memories of places, spaces, icons and identities”. The task was to use Information and Communication Technologies to design a poster, booklet, powerpoint, podcast or movie related to our city’s heritage.

The competition was designed by a team of school aged children, working at South Learning Centre and was supported by Christchurch City Libraries and Christchurch City Council. The competition entries, due on Friday 8 June, will be judged by a panel of local heritage experts, with the awards being presented at an invitation only function at Our City O-Tautahi on Thursday 28 June.

For information regarding the competition or the awards ceremony, please contact South Learning Centre on 941 5140.

We are all Tuvalu Exhibition – Friday 22 June to Saturday 14 July

10am to 4pm – Our City O-Tautahi, corner of Worcester Boulevard and Oxford Terrace, free admission.

Photography exhibition at Our City O-Tautahi by award-winning environmental photographer Gary Braasch, who has captured climate change effects around the world, and hobbyist photographer Tuvaluan Lomi Paeniu, who reveals Island life from a intimate homeland perspective. Curated by Felolini Maria Ifopo.

We are all Tuvalu ExhibitionWe are all Tuvalu Exhibition

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