An official opening ceremony and dinner were held on Wednesday evening to celebrate the relocation of UC Music and Classics to the Chemistry building at the Arts Centre.
The 1910 building has been fully restored and the fit-out custom-designed for Music and Classics students. It includes a new exhibition space, the Teece Museum of Classicial Antiquities, named in recognition of UC alumnus Professor David Teece and his wife Leigh Teece who generously contributed to the restoration of the building. UC’s treasured James Logie Memorial Collection is now on permanent public display in the museum.
Hon Christopher Finlayson, who is well known for his support of the arts, was at the ceremony to declare the new home of UC Music and Classics officially open.
During the celebration dinner Christchurch Mayor, Hon Lianne Dalziel spoke about the significance of UC bringing the Logie Collection and music performances to central Christchurch for everyone to enjoy. The public can now easily access and view the Logie Collection – one of the most significant collections of Greek, Roman, Egyptian and Near Eastern artefacts in the Southern Hemisphere.
Prof Teece and Mrs Teece, who are based in the United States, also made the trip to New Zealand to join the celebration and officially open the Teece Museum of Classical Antiquities.
In an interview with One News before the official opening, Leigh Teece spoke about the importance of the arts.
“Art feeds the imagination, it engages critical thinking, it fuels creative problem solving, all of which are essential to the development of innovation skills,” Mrs Teece said.
The Teece Museum opening exhibition
We Could Be Heroes: The gods and heroes of the ancient Greeks and Romans opens to the public on Saturday at 11 am, and will run until 29 October 2017.
Teece Museum public opening hours:
Wednesdays through to Sundays, 11am – 3pm.
Ground floor, Chemistry building, The Arts Centre
3 Hereford Street, Christchurch