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Classics and Music move to Arts Centre

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Over the last few weeks UC Classics and UC Music have been relocating into the restored Chemistry building, at the Arts Centre of Christchurchformerly the University’s campus until the 1970s.

The Chemistry building has been transformed into a purpose-built space over four floors. It features music practice suites, a recital space, a small lecture theatre and library, offices for Classics and Music staff, student workstations and a social area.

Some classes and music recitals are already running in the new space, and weekly Composition Workshops and New Music concerts are held each Monday which are free to attend. Friday lunchtime concerts will also start soon.

A new exhibition space, the Teece Museum of Classical Antiquities, is due to open in mid-May. The museum will showcase UC’s highly valuable James Logie Memorial Collection, allowing greater public access to view the treasured collection of Greek, Roman, Egyptian and Near Eastern artefacts.

The move  provides more public performance opportunities for Music students and puts UC’s Classics and Music departments in the ideal location for greater collaboration with the local and international arts community.

The building, along with the Teece Museum of Classical Antiquities, will be officially opened in late May.

Information for those travelling between UC and the Arts Centre is available here.

*All images supplied by Warren and Mahoney, photographer Sarah Rowlands.

Public will be able to attend music performances held in the new recital space.

Recital Room

The entrance to the Chemistry building (from the South Quad) has been restored to its former glory.

Entrance

The new student social space in the loft (right) and new learning spaces.

Interior rooms

Stairs – a blend of the old and the new.

Stairs

Students turn out in force for Big Give

On Saturday 4th March, the Student Volunteer Army started the year off with a bang, carrying out our biggest event since the initial quakes – the SVA Big Give. Around 750 students, UC staff, community members and politicians, including the Mayor of Christchurch Lianne Dalziel, all got stuck in for a day of volunteering at the coastal spit reserve in Southshore.

We gave the reserve a big tidy up – spreading mulch over 1.5km of walking track, cleaning up the surrounding coastline, removing invasive weed species and building a new picnic table area which will serve as a monument marking the work of the SVA. After the volunteering wrapped up we had a chance to relax in the sun enjoying the music of Mako Road and a free bbq lunch.

SVA volunteers working at Southshore spit reserve.

The SVA would like to sincerely thank all those who made the event possible, especially our amazing volunteers for their hard work on the day! The success of the Big Give 2017, has ensured the event will be a staple of the University O’Week calendar for years to come!

SVA volunteers working at Southshore spit reserve.

Uni-Cycle update

Christchurch City Council resumes work along the Uni-Cycle route on the north side of Ilam fields today. The work is expected to take around six weeks.

Construction of the Uni-Cycle route along Ilam Road is also expected to start this week. Most of the work will be carried out at night to minimise the impact on traffic.

Please take care when travelling through these areas. Follow all on-site signage and look out for construction crews and others.

More information about the Uni-Cycle route is available at https://ccc.govt.nz/transport/cycling/major-cycle-routes/cycle-routes/uni-cycle/