Christchurch Art Gallery (Te Puna o Waiwhetu), Christchurch

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The Christchurch Art Gallery, with the formal name of Christchurch Art Gallery Te Puna o Waiwhetu, is the public art gallery of the city of Christchurch, New Zealand. It is funded by Christchurch City Council. It has its own substantial art collection and presents a programme of New Zealand and international exhibitions. The gallery opened on 11 May 2003, replacing the city's former public art gallery, the Robert McDougall Art Gallery, which opened on 16 June 1932 and closed on 16 June 2002.The Māori elements of the name are explained as follows: Te Puna honours waipuna, the artesian spring beneath the gallery and Waiwhetu refers to one of the tributaries in the immediate vicinity, which flows into the River Avon. Waiwhetu may also be translated as ‘water in which stars are reflected’.The BuildingChristchurch Art Gallery Te Puna o Waiwhetu was designed by the Buchan Group. The gallery's forecourt has a large sculpture, Reason for Voyaging, which was the result of a collaboration between the sculptor Graham Bennett and the architect David Cole.The building was used as Civil Defence headquarters for Christchurch following the 2010 Canterbury earthquake, and again after the February 2011 Christchurch earthquake. The gallery was designed to deal with seismic events. The gallery's foundation, a concrete raft slab that sits on the surface of the ground, evenly distributes earthquake forces. However, it sustained some damage in the 2011 earthquake. The gallery building was used as a Civil Defence headquarters for seven months after the 2011 Christchurch earthquake, and did not reopen until 19 December 2015 due to the need for extensive refurbishments and improvements.
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  • Free entry but there are donations box's around for you to pay into if you want. Nice big gallery with lots to look at.  more »
  • A beautiful gallery with great exhibitions. Friendly staff who were great with the school children who were visiting too.  more »
  • I haven't been to the Art Gallery since before the Christchurch earthquakes. I took a bunch of friends with me. Everyone really enjoyed it! Lots to see and talk about. Trot along to The Villas Cafe/Re...  more »
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  • Great place to visit if your in Christchurch. Free to enter and very friendly staff. Art work that makes you appreciate NZ artist talent in addition to creativity. In addition car parking is reasonable priced!
  • The building and grounds is fantastic and its central location is ideal. The staff really make an effort to explain the works but be warned not all exhibitions are suited to everyone's tastes. A great mix of art in central Christchurch. Its free!
  • Their permanent collection felt stale. But obviously that's just my opinion as I love contemporary and abstract paintings. But it is great having art works available to see, and only enriches humanity. In a time humanity seems to have strayed very far from their path.
  • To be honest I'm not too fussed by many of the exhibitions, and I think it's a bit lame how these use various themes (e.g. hair, animals) to decide which bits of their own collection they bring out of storage. However, it's a privilege to be able to be not fussed by such a rich and varied collection in such a wonderful facility. Free admission too. Awesome.
  • Must do in Christchurch. The classics to modern art with special exhibitions. Great talks and community events. Architecture stunning.

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