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Christchurch Conversations

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Christchurch Conversations are a series of free events where ideas and views can be shared about the red zone’s future.

Prepare to be  inspired and challenged as engaging local and international speakers share their views and start a conversation about what the land can contribute to Christchurch and Aotearoa New Zealand.

The first event is Thursday 22 June, 6.00pm – 7.30pm. Find out more>

Christchurch Maths Craft Day

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Discover the maths behind craft and the craft behind maths at Christchurch’s first Maths Craft Day, Sunday 18 June in The Great Hall at The Arts Centre.

Enjoy craft? Then you probably enjoy mathematics too – you just may not know it yet. This is the idea behind Maths Craft New Zealand, an initiative headed up by University of Canterbury mathematicians Dr Jeanette McLeod and Dr Phil Wilson, and dedicated to bringing maths to the masses, through craft. After the success of the Maths Craft Festival at the Auckland Museum last year, armed with crochet hooks and origami paper, Maths Craft is coming to Canterbury.

Christchurch’s inaugural Maths Craft Day will feature seven craft stations in the Arts Centre’s Great Hall where people can try various crafts and learn about the mathematics behind them. Aimed at all ages and all backgrounds, people will be enticed to crochet a hyperbolic plane, build a fractal sculpture, make a Möbius strip, flex a hexaflexagon, and fold an origami octahedron. Volunteers with backgrounds in mathematics and crafting will be on hand at all times to answer questions and assist people with their creations. Guest speakers will also be offering a series of maths and craft themed talks throughout the day. At 11am Associate Professor Clemency Montelle (University of Canterbury) will deconstruct the (a)symmetry of the sari, and at 3pm Professors Bernd Krauskopf and Hinke Osinga (University of Auckland) will talk about their journey from crochet and chaos to art and steel.

In addition to all of this, the Teece Museum at the Arts Centre will be open and the public are invited to discover the ancient relationship between mathematics and art. Exploring this idea in depth, Dr Patrick O’Sullivan (University of Canterbury) will be giving a talk in the Teece Museum at 1pm on the myths, maths and other aspects of Greek art.

The Christchurch Maths Craft Day is open to everyone: experts and amateurs, maths-fans and maths-phobes, the crafty and the curious.

Date: Sunday 18 June
Time: 10am-5pm
Where:  The Great Hall at The Arts Centre, 2 Worcester Blvd, Christchurch
Cost: Free entry
Web: mathscraftnz.org, #mathscraftnz, and Facebook

If you can’t make it to the Maths Craft Day in Christchurch, there will be other Maths Craft events around New Zealand this year, including a Maths Craft Festival at Auckland War Memorial Museum on the weekend of 9 – 10 September, and a Maths Craft Day in Dunedin on 11 February held at the Otago Museum.

If you can’t make it to the Maths Craft Day in Christchurch, there will be other Maths Craft events around New Zealand this year, including a Maths Craft Festival at Auckland War Memorial Museum on the weekend of 9 – 10 September, and a Maths Craft Day in Dunedin on 11 February held at the Otago Museum.

Ex Libris

Mary-Barrett002An exhibition of bookplates and provenance from the collection of the Macmillan Brown Library.

‘Ex Libris’ (trans: from the books) showcases a visually stunning sample of provenance found among the collections of UCs Macmillan Brown Library. Inscriptions, labels, stamps, association books, marginalia, bookplates and personal items bring to life the journey of a book. Special Collections Librarian and curator Damian Cairns explains, ‘these possessive marks can show the love of as well as the possession of books, the owner’s social position and personality, insight into the socio-political landscape of a period and artistic movements, such as Canterbury’s The Group.’ The graphic quality of this mark making enriches books beyond their original intent. They open a point of connection to a person or period and provide us with an understanding of the social-life of the object.
Ex Libris includes a wide array of fascinating material of exquisite artistry ranging from a 1531 edition of Magna Carta to a 1923 association copy of ‘New Hampshire’ by American poet, Robert Frost, all of which have a connection with Canterbury institutions and personalities.

Exhibition runs from 19 May – 5 July 2017
UC Matariki Gallery opposite Puaka-James Hight

Have you ever wanted your very own bookplate? A bookplate design competition open to students and staff will coincide with the exhibition. Visit the exhibition or any campus library for entry details.

Curator: Damian Cairns, Assistant Curator: Rebecca Taekema

For further information please contact:
Damian Cairns, Kaitaki Taonga Motuhake | Special Collection Librarian
Tel. +64 3 364 2987 ext. 93916
E. damian.cairns@canterbury.ac.nz