Okeover Community Gardens, University of Canterbury
- 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.
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