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WEB student sculpture exhibition

Where?

Okeover Community Gardens, University of Canterbury

When?

  • Opening: Tuesday 16 August, from 4:30pm
  • Artist Talks and tour of artworks: Saturday 20 August, 11 am
  • Exhibition runs: 17 Aug – 24 August

Featuring work by Monique Berard, Brogan Findlay, Giselle Fortune, Phoebe Hinchliff, Liam Krijgsman and Sabrina Palmer.


Presented by second year sculpture students from the Ilam School of Fine Arts, WEB is an exhibition which reveals an intricate network of connections linking its outdoor site in the Okeover Community Gardens to other places, times, people, ideas, and imaginings.

The public, students, staff and their families and friends are warmly invited to the opening from 4.30pm on Tuesday 16 August in the Okeover Gardens, off Engineering Road at UC.

An artist talk will be held on Saturday 20 August at 11am. This will be an informal opportunity to meet the artists, ask questions and engage with contemporary art.

Managed by the UC Sustainability Office, the Okeover Community Gardens is a shared space where the community works together growing and sharing food and learning new skills. It employs sustainable growing methods and is part of a network of such gardens across Christchurch. It is also a tranquil retreat for relaxation. The artworks explore these concepts as well as the wider context of the site from different perspectives. The exhibition attempts to unearth layers and connections on and in the garden grounds. It examines the garden’s past, present and parallel existences and its placement within the wider surroundings of the university campus, whilst also considering the garden’s values and the interactions it facilitates.

Individual artworks consider ideas as diverse as the brutalist architecture of the university, people’s subconscious states, the transformation of language, the prehistory of the site, the relationship between natural and artificial, and the residue left by imaginary inhabitants.

Gardening and contemporary art communities can appear exclusive; WEB aims to draw the fine arts and sustainability communities, staff, students and the public together, inviting them to build connections.

For more information and updates on the event of bad weather visit: https://www.facebook.com/events/271209756593579/

Autumn in UC’s Community Gardens

UC has two community gardens on campus: Okeover (off Engineering road) and Dovedale. Every few months Jane Aistrope, UC’s community gardens coordinator, provides an update on what’s been happening.

Gardener thank you

IMG_1725 smIn May, we held a pizza dinner for the gardeners to celebrate the food, community and the epic season we have had at the gardens. With such a huge make-over, it’s been quite a feat to have continued growing and harvesting of so much food.

We had Okeover Pesto as the pizza sauce, using our own basil, hazelnuts and garlic. We also roasted Dovedale Crown Pumpkin to go with chilli, greens and herbs. Sometimes being a community gardener means being spoiled with bounty!

Awesome Autumn

IMG_1712We certainly had a long Autumn, allowing for late sowings of mesclun, spinach and herbs, and many lovely sunny afternoons out!

Unfortunately the  warm days have caused our brussels sprouts to blow (loose sprouts which are more like flowers) and some of our lovely leeks have gone to seed early. Now we have garlic shoots just poking through and the broad beans are all up and growing well. We continue to sustain our crops with liquid fertilizers made from worm rum, comfrey and nettles.

Winter in the garden is a good time to reconfigure garden beds, prune fruit trees, sharpen tools, tidy the shed, plan for spring and read gardening books! We’ve already done a lot to finish off mulching the paths but we certainly have more reconfiguring to do in the orchard, starting with a new hugelkultur mound. This pruning and mulching will occupy us until spring sowing begins.

Student sculpture exhibition

IMG_1859We are excited to be hosting another sculpture exhibition at the end of term 3. UC sculpture students will have the opportunity to create works for outdoor public spaces and consider wider social and political issues around sustainability. Keep an eye out for this exhibition as it really brings another layer of interest and vitality to the garden.

For other information about the community gardens, check here. For information on becoming a volunteer and attending working bees on Monday (2-4) and Friday (1-4), check here. The community gardens also have a dedicated Facebook page.

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