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Redeveloped Kā Kohika site makes artworks and archives more discoverable

UC Library has made it easier to discover and access UC’s amazing artworks and archives through our reinvented Kā Kohika site

Kā Kohika enables you to browse, search, bookmark,  and request to view these unique treasures. Over 28,000 digital images have been uploaded to the site, providing a rich source of images for teaching, research, assignments or other purposes such as marketing. The original items can be viewed in the reading room at Macmillan Brown Library.

New and improved features include:

  • enhanced visibility of Māori and Pasifika content,
  • mobile compatibility,
  • curated themes, tailored to teaching topics or special events,
  • new search result filters, such as digitised items only,
  • improved data structures, layout and navigation,
  • social media sharing.

Our artworks and archives are much loved and regularly used by all sorts of people from UC, our local community and beyond. We hope that Kā Kohika will encourage new users to explore and discover these unique taonga.

Applications open for Creative New Zealand programme

New Zealand artists will continue to be inspired by our natural environment and cultural heritage, with the continuation of a successful Creative New Zealand partnership with the Department of Conservation (DOC).

Wild Creations builds on an artist-in-residence programme of the same name offered from 2002 to 2012. A re-invigorated Wild Creations, broader in scope, was offered in 2017 as a pilot and with some refinements it will be continued for another two years. Applications open today.

Cath Cardiff, Creative New Zealand Senior Manager – Arts Development Services, says the pilot programme attracted a lot of interest, with a number of high quality applications received.

“The three successful applicants submitted innovative proposals. They have made or are making high-quality artwork inspired by their experiences that will be enjoyed by many.”

DOC Director, National Operations, Hilary Aikman said Wild Creations helps to connect more Kiwis to our natural environment and cultural heritage.

“The work of these talented artists is giving DOC great opportunities to connect more New Zealanders to conservation stories through art.”

The initiative offers a minimum of two artists the opportunity to experience DOC environments and / or programmes between December 2018 and June 2019, as inspiration for new art work.

Wild Creations is a fusion of conservation and creativity, supporting artists to be inspired by experiencing the places, people, and stories of New Zealand’s unique environment and cultural heritage. They may work in any artform or area of arts practice supported by Creative New Zealand.

To apply, visit the Creative New Zealand website.

Stopped Short by Wonder

The Canterbury University Press team were among a number of UC staff invited to the opening of the stunning new exhibition of Len Lye’s work Len Lye: Stopped Short by Wonder at Christchurch Art Gallery Te Puna o Waiwhetu last Friday.  The university has been an important partner in the research and restoration of Lye’s kinetic work, and later this year CUP will publish a new book The Long Dream of Waking: New Perspectives on Len Lye, edited by Paul Brobbel, Wystan Curnow and Roger Horrocks.

The collection of essays  includes the transcript of a discussion about the dialogue between art and engineering that was chaired by Len Lye Curator Paul Brobbel, between John Matthews and  Evan Webb (Len Lye Foundation chairman and director respectively) and UC’s Shayne Gooch and Aaron Kreisler (School of Engineering and School of Fine Arts respectively).

The book will appeal to anyone looking for new perspectives on Lye, but the chance to experience Lye’s art first-hand, and to see, hear and feel the kinetic sculptures in action shouldn’t be missed. The free exhibition runs until 26 November. I came away buzzing! As the title of Roger Horrock’s 2009 book has it, Lye’s work is – in both senses of the word – art that moves.

The Long Dream of Waking: New Perspectives on Len Lye (CUP 2017), will be published in association with the Len Lye Foundation, Govett-Brewster Art Gallery and New Plymouth District Council.

Posted by CUP Publisher, Catherine Montgomery

Staff welcome at UCSA PAINT ‘N’ SIP


Calling all staff and students!

Ever wanted to be an artist, but just not 100 percent confident in your skills?

Whether you’re the next Andy Warhol or stuck at 2nd grade doodling, this class is for everyone!

Here’s your chance, have a drink and let out your inner creative free.

When: Tuesday 30 May
Where: Shilling Club
Cost: $35.00
(tickets available for purchase at UCSA Reception or Shilling Club)
Time: 5.00pm – 6.00pm

Get in quick because tickets are selling fast.

Applications sought for Pacific artist residency at UC

UC’s Macmillan Brown Centre for Pacific Studies and Creative New Zealand are inviting expressions of interest from Pacific artists for a three month art residency at UC.

Applicants should have some expertise and experience in any one of the following areas:

  • fine art
  • carving
  • tattooing
  • music
  • weaving
  • pottery
  • dancing
  • graphic design
  • poetry
  • creative writing
  • new media art and other forms of creative expression.

The residency aims to promote Pacific art to the university community as well as nationally, regionally and internationally.

The residency is worth $18,000 for the three months and the artist will be required to present his/her work by way of exhibition or performance or a seminar presentation during or at the end of the residency. The selection panel will also be looking for an artist who is willing to engage and share his/her work with interested students and staff when available. Participation in university and Pasifika community outreach events is also encouraged should such opportunities arise.

Applicants must send in:

  1. a) a copy of updated CV, clearly stating areas of artistic experience and expertise;
  2. b) a one page project proposal explaining what you want to do including: the key ideas/themes of your project; rationale (why you are doing it); output (what you hope to produce); potential impact (some benefits to the community); and what is unique about your project.

Short-listed applicants may be asked to submit further information if required. The residency is due to start in mid-April 2017

Applications should be sent as attachment (preferably in PDF) to Patricia Ydgren at patricia.ydgren@canterbury.ac.nz.

The closing date is March 15 2017.

See more details here