Object Lessons: Imported collections, local art, and design education in Ōtautahi Christchurch

Presenter: UC Arts
  • Date: Saturday, 19 February 2022 to Sunday, 20 March 2022
  • Time: 12:00PM to 12:00PM
  • Location: Te Pito Huarewa/Southbase gallery (Level 2 Tūranga Library), 60 Cathedral Square
  • Ticket: Free

Hosted at Tūranga’s Te Pito Huarewa/Southbase Gallery, a short walk away from the original site of the Canterbury College School of Art (CCSA), this exhibition examines the early material histories of design education in Ōtautahi Christchurch.

Drawing on both student work and select objects from the University’s collections – namely plaster casts, lantern slides, and books – Object Lessons considers how imported and local materials informed the teaching and learning of design at the CCSA in the decades following its establishment in 1882.

It explores how a curriculum initially built to mirror precedents within Britain was soon transformed by the unique cultural contexts within Aotearoa, including toi Māori. In exploring how art and design education changed during this period, the exhibition reflects on some of the factors that influenced these changes, and encourages visitors to think about some of the continuities and shifts in art education over the last 140 years.

The exhibition is curated by Bojana Rimbovska, UC doctoral student in Art History, with the support of Te Puna Rakahau o Macmillan Brown Library, Christchurch City Libraries, and the Department of Art History at UC.

Object Lessons: Imported collections, local art, and design education in Ōtautahi Christchurch runs from 19 February until 20 March 2022, Te Pito Huarewa/Southbase gallery (Level 2 Tūranga Library).

Image credit: Archibald Frank Nicoll, Untitled [Study of decorative plaster cast], 1910, charcoal on paper, UC Art Collection.

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