Heather Masters Exhibition - Level 2 Central Library

28 February 2013

A new collection of 37 artworks generously donated by the Chancellor and VC provide an insight into Canterbury College School of Art, now UC's School of Fine Art during the 1930s.
A selection of these art works by UC Alumni Heather Masters (1917-2012) as well as art by several of her contemporaries and teachers will be on display on level two of the James Hight Library from Wednesday 27th February to 27th March. Depicting Canterbury College (now known as the Art Centre), the Provincial Chambers as well as wallpaper designs, calligraphy, life and antiquity studies, the exhibition provides an understanding of the School of Fine Arts and practicing artists during one of Christchurch’s most exciting and innovative periods of artistic development.

Born in Taihape in 1917, Masters studied at the CCSA from 1932 to early 1936. Her principal legacy is her perfect botanically based designs for friezes and wallpapers. At UC, she studied design, antique, life drawing, portraiture, line drawing, landscape and lettering. “Madame Henderson” taught her design and embroidery and she was also a talented metalworker.