Out of Erewhon

New Directions in Canterbury Art

An exhibition showing at Christchurch Art Gallery Te Puna o Waiwhetu
24 November 2006 – 4 February 2007

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The region of Canterbury has long played a significant role in producing some of New Zealand’s finest artists. The exhibition Out of Erewhon features new work by fourteen artists with a connection to the Canterbury region, drawing on themes and ideas from Samuel Butler’s 1872 novel Erewhon.

From the virtual realities of imagination, memory and the internet to the possibilities inherent within the mind’s eye, the human body or the folds of an unstretched canvas, the artists explore terrain that is both strange and familiar. Like Higgs, Butler’s curious narrator, we as viewers become adventurers in an unknown country, where each new discovery invites us to look again at the world that surrounds us.

This companion online visual arts resource features photographs and videos of each work taken in the spectacular exhibition spaces of Christchurch Art Gallery, and is accompanied by short essays from local writers.

Christchurch Art Gallery Te Puna o Waiwhetu
Corner Montreal Street and Worcester Boulevard, free admission
Open 10am – 5pm daily, late night Wednesday until 9pm, closed Christmas Day
Tel (+64 3) 941 7300 / Fax (+64 3) 941 7301 / info@christchurchartgallery.org.nz

© Christchurch Art Gallery Te Puna o Waiwhetu, artists and contributors, 2006

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