Felicity Milburn

Artist interview
Pecking Order

Pecking Order

Felicity Milburn: Judy, it’s great to be working with you again, this time on a work for the entry wall leading into our new collection rehang, Perilous. It’s made up of a frieze of photographic panels combining images of handwritten lists and pieces of bread that have been partially eaten away by birds, and you’ve called it Pecking Order. Can you tell us a little about how it came about?

Judy Darragh: Thanks, it’s great to have this new work included in Perilous, it was already in existence and fitted well with ideas in the show.

Life over lockdown became reduced – we were at home, everything was shut down and it became a surreal and shared experience for us all. While out walking I observed the flourishing of bird life, and I had time to hear and feed them in the back garden every day. Feeding the birds was very satisfying.

Commentary
Ka Mua Ka Muri

Ka Mua Ka Muri

Our histories are always with us, but who is telling the story? The Gallery’s new collection hang, Perilous: Unheard Stories from the Collection offers up a range of different perspectives on how the past and future might intersect, and invites us to rethink how we commonly see our heritage. Here, the exhibition’s curators have each selected a work from the exhibition for a closer look.

Notes
Billy Apple (1935-2021)

Billy Apple (1935-2021)

Today we acknowledge with sadness the passing of Billy Apple (1935–2021), a senior figure in Aotearoa New Zealand art and frequent, valued collaborator with Christchurch Art Gallery Te Puna o Waiwhetū.

Exhibition

Perilous: Unheard Stories from the Collection

Making room for fresh voices, untold narratives and disruptive ideas.

Exhibition

Reuben Paterson: The Golden Bearing

Share a moment of magic and possibility under glittering golden leaves.

Exhibition

Cheryl Lucas: Shaped by Schist and Scoria

Seductive surfaces and tough issues – these are ceramics made for the eyes and mind.

Exhibition

Olivia Webb: Anthems of belonging

Songs of belonging, struggle and unconditional love in Aotearoa New Zealand.

Commentary
Te Wheke: Pathways Across Oceania

Te Wheke: Pathways Across Oceania

Every few years, the curatorial team at Christchurch Art Gallery Te Puna o Waiwhetū embarks on a major rehang of the first-floor collection area. It’s no small undertaking finding fresh ways to combine long-held, well-known works and new acquisitions, looking for combinations that will offer compelling viewing, immersive storytelling and intellectual engagement to our wide and evolving visitor base. This time, director Blair Jackson added another dimension to our task, challenging us to reimagine the physical orientation of the spaces to encourage visitors to interact with the architecture in a completely different way.

Exhibition

Kelcy Taratoa: Te Tāhū o ngā Maunga Tūmatakahuki

A vast painting by Kelcy Taratoa about how we are bound together.

Exhibition

Graham Bennett: Seeking a Balance

Highlights from a wide-ranging sculptural practice shaped by curiosity and connection.

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