Topic: Public Art in Christchurch

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Public art refers to art works displayed in public places either temporarily or permanently.

Public art refers to art works displayed in public places either temporarily or permanently.  

It may include sculptures, statues, temporary installations, memorials, murals and street or graffiti art.  Public art is found in both the central city and suburban areas, often gifted or sponsored by local community groups or businesses or with the support of the Christchurch City Council.  

Examples include SCAPE which has curated biennial exhibitions of art works since 1999 at least one of which from each exhibition is purchased and gifted permanently to the city;  the Christchurch Art Gallery Outer Spaces programme an ongoing programme that uses spaces beyond the gallery's normal exhibition spaces, which has become essential since the 2010/2011 earthquakes and From the Ground Up, a local public art programme that fills vacant walls in the city with large-scale art works by artists from Christchurch and around New Zealand.

Other links by

Christchurch City Libraries public art page.

Public Art in Central Christchurch;  study by theRobertMcDougallArtGallery. (1997).

The Art gallery has digitised two catalogues from Sculpture in the Gardens exhibitions for 1999 and 2001

SCAPE permanent works

SCAPE Artists

SCAPE 6 2011, SCAPE 7 2013, SCAPE 8 2015

Solidarity Grid a collection of street lamps from 21 cities around the worl being gifted to Christchurch over 3 years from 2013 - 2016.

Rebuild Christchurch blog has images of wall art associated with the Rise Street Art exhibition in 2013:

Adrienne Rewi's blog where she regularly discusses "Observations of Life in New Zealand (and sometimes beyond) through art, architecture, photography, ..."



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