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At home with the reality of death – reflections on Teece Exhibition

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Curator, Teece Museum / Logie Collection, Terri Elder offers a personal perspective on the very popular exhibition Beyond the Grave: death in ancient times. 

It’s a somewhat strange situation to find that an exhibition all about death has turned into a celebration of life. The current exhibition at the Teece Museum  Beyond the Grave: death in ancient times, explores Greek and Roman attitudes to death and rituals around dying. It would be easy to imagine the topic being a little sad, but for me personally, I found the resulting exhibition is far from being gloomy or ghoulish.

 There are of course some very poignant details, such as the archaeological evidence of numerous infant graves, made necessary by the staggeringly high infant mortality rate in ancient Greece of 50%. The grief on the faces of the mourners depicted on the Canosan askos (JLMC 186.00) rings true in the face of such statistics.  There are also the bizarre stories of misadventure, like the ancient ‘urban legend’ which contends that the famous Greek playwright Aeschyllus met his end when a passing eagle dropped a turtle on the writer’s head! An unusual death for a soldier that had already survived the Battle of Marathon in 490 BCE.

However, the strongest message I get from the ancient artefacts included in this exhibition is that the ancient Greeks and Romans were perhaps a little more at home with the reality of death as a normal part of life than many of us seem to be today. 

Death was obviously a part of their everyday experience, and the ritual artefacts they left behind show an appreciation of celebrating and remembering their loved ones actively and regularly, not just at a funeral.

The Logie Collection’s array of white-ground lekythoi, which depict scenes of Greek mourners paying ritual visits to the graves of their ancestors, capture this very well.

The artefacts in ‘Beyond the Grave’ also have in common a sense of having been created with a real commitment to communicating both beauty and purpose. The lavish grave-marking vases and sculptures of the wealthy are exquisitely crafted and decorated, but even humble grave goods, (such as the miniature terracotta horse ca.740-720 BCE, of a type often found in the graves of children, JLMC 161.75), resonate with a sense of affection and thoughtfulness.  

The exhibition runs until February 2019 at the Teece Museum, so there is plenty of time to visit and explore for yourselves whether the ancient Greek and Roman experience of death is so very different from that of our own.”

WHERE: Teece Museum, 3 Hereford St, Christchurch

WHEN: Wed-Sun, 11am-3pm, to Sunday, 24 February 2019

Entry by donation

UC Arts Digital Lab launches QuakeStudies 2.0

The UC Arts Digital Lab launched a new and improved UC QuakeStudies earthquake research repository last week (www.quakestudies.canterbury.ac.nz).  

QuakeStudies, UC’s major contribution to the CEISMIC Canterbury Earthquakes Digital Archive (www.ceismic.org.nz/about), contains photographs, documents, videos, audio recordings, media articles, and other material relating to the 2010/2011 Canterbury earthquakes. 

Each item in the repository is accompanied by high-quality human-curated metadata such as descriptions, geolocations, and dates and times, offering rich datasets for researchers from a range of disciplines to draw on.

The project to update the QuakeStudies online platform was undertaken by the UC Arts Digital Lab in collaboration with local open source technologists Catalyst IT. The new QuakeStudies platform, built on the Islandora digital repository system, boasts enhanced searchability, improved document viewing tools, and a cleaner, more user-friendly layout offering greater navigability.

The launch event was held in the UC Arts City Location in the Arts Centre’s old Chemistry building, and was attended by representatives of the CEISMIC consortium from Christchurch City Council, Canterbury Museum and Christchurch City Libraries, contributors to the archive such as the All Right? campaign, and UC researchers keen to hear how the new QuakeStudies can assist them in their research.

The Arts Digital Lab hopes researchers will find the new platform easier to search for, view, and download content that is of interest to them. Additionally, much of the content housed in QuakeStudies has been released under Creative Commons licenses, making it easier for researchers to reuse content in their own work.

Researchers interested in exploring the breadth of content in QuakeStudies are encouraged to discuss their needs with Arts Digital Lab staff.  With around 150,000 items in the repository, of which 12,000 are available only to approved researchers, the Lab team can help guide you to the content that will be most useful for your research.

Six years on from the initial launch of QuakeStudies in 2012 the repository is still going strong, and it continues to grow and receive new content. This new upgrade ensures that the ongoing preservation of digital archival materials relating to the earthquakes will continue long into the future.

Explore the collections at www.quakestudies.canterbury.ac.nz/

Student life returns to Arts Centre

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 Classical 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.

View the full news item.

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.

Where:
Ground floor, Chemistry building, The Arts Centre
3 Hereford Street, Christchurch

For more information about the exhibition and other events visit www.arts.canterbury.ac.nz/logie

UC Music Concerts and Events
An exciting programme of free music concerts and events are being held in UC’s new Recital Room in the Chemistry building at the Arts Centre of Christchurch.

Find out what’s on at www.canterbury.ac.nz/arts/schools-and-departments/school-of-music/

A selection of photos from the opening event
(click on the a photo to enlarge it.)

Arts Centre, opening of the Chemistry building by Minister Chris Finlayson and the Teece Museum of Classical Antiquities by Leigh and David Teece, dinner in the Great Hall, musician students playing throughout the building as guests inspect the facilities, 17.5.17 Speakers, Chancellor, John Wood, Minister Chris Finlayson, Prof Paul Millar, Prof Te Maire Tau, VC Dr Rod Carr, Hon Lianne Dalziel, Prof Jonathan Le Coq, Emily Barker UCSA Vice President. Entertainment by, EPIC. 219-225, Robin Bond and Graham Zanker, Classics. 141-151, Teece Museum. 001-011, Chancellors party plus Teeces.

Arts Centre, opening of the Chemistry building by Minister Chris Finlayson and the Teece Museum of Classical Antiquities by Leigh and David Teece, dinner in the Great Hall, musician students playing throughout the building as guests inspect the facilities, 17.5.17 Speakers, Chancellor, John Wood, Minister Chris Finlayson, Prof Paul Millar, Prof Te Maire Tau, VC Dr Rod Carr, Hon Lianne Dalziel, Prof Jonathan Le Coq, Emily Barker UCSA Vice President. Entertainment by, EPIC. 219-225, Robin Bond and Graham Zanker, Classics. 141-151, Teece Museum. 001-011, Chancellors party plus Teeces.

Arts Centre, opening of the Chemistry building by Minister Chris Finlayson and the Teece Museum of Classical Antiquities by Leigh and David Teece, dinner in the Great Hall, musician students playing throughout the building as guests inspect the facilities, 17.5.17 Speakers, Chancellor, John Wood, Minister Chris Finlayson, Prof Paul Millar, Prof Te Maire Tau, VC Dr Rod Carr, Hon Lianne Dalziel, Prof Jonathan Le Coq, Emily Barker UCSA Vice President. Entertainment by, EPIC. 219-225, Robin Bond and Graham Zanker, Classics. 141-151, Teece Museum. 001-011, Chancellors party plus Teeces.

Arts Centre, opening of the Chemistry building by Minister Chris Finlayson and the Teece Museum of Classical Antiquities by Leigh and David Teece, dinner in the Great Hall, musician students playing throughout the building as guests inspect the facilities, 17.5.17 Speakers, Chancellor, John Wood, Minister Chris Finlayson, Prof Paul Millar, Prof Te Maire Tau, VC Dr Rod Carr, Hon Lianne Dalziel, Prof Jonathan Le Coq, Emily Barker UCSA Vice President. Entertainment by, EPIC. 219-225, Robin Bond and Graham Zanker, Classics. 141-151, Teece Museum. 001-011, Chancellors party plus Teeces.

Arts Centre, opening of the Chemistry building by Minister Chris Finlayson and the Teece Museum of Classical Antiquities by Leigh and David Teece, dinner in the Great Hall, musician students playing throughout the building as guests inspect the facilities, 17.5.17 Speakers, Chancellor, John Wood, Minister Chris Finlayson, Prof Paul Millar, Prof Te Maire Tau, VC Dr Rod Carr, Hon Lianne Dalziel, Prof Jonathan Le Coq, Emily Barker UCSA Vice President. Entertainment by, EPIC. 219-225, Robin Bond and Graham Zanker, Classics. 141-151, Teece Museum. 001-011, Chancellors party plus Teeces.       Arts Centre, opening of the Chemistry building by Minister Chris Finlayson and the Teece Museum of Classical Antiquities by Leigh and David Teece, dinner in the Great Hall, musician students playing throughout the building as guests inspect the facilities, 17.5.17 Speakers, Chancellor, John Wood, Minister Chris Finlayson, Prof Paul Millar, Prof Te Maire Tau, VC Dr Rod Carr, Hon Lianne Dalziel, Prof Jonathan Le Coq, Emily Barker UCSA Vice President. Entertainment by, EPIC. 219-225, Robin Bond and Graham Zanker, Classics. 141-151, Teece Museum. 001-011, Chancellors party plus Teeces.

Arts Centre, opening of the Chemistry building by Minister Chris Finlayson and the Teece Museum of Classical Antiquities by Leigh and David Teece, dinner in the Great Hall, musician students playing throughout the building as guests inspect the facilities, 17.5.17 Speakers, Chancellor, John Wood, Minister Chris Finlayson, Prof Paul Millar, Prof Te Maire Tau, VC Dr Rod Carr, Hon Lianne Dalziel, Prof Jonathan Le Coq, Emily Barker UCSA Vice President. Entertainment by, EPIC. 219-225, Robin Bond and Graham Zanker, Classics. 141-151, Teece Museum. 001-011, Chancellors party plus Teeces.

Arts Centre, opening of the Chemistry building by Minister Chris Finlayson and the Teece Museum of Classical Antiquities by Leigh and David Teece, dinner in the Great Hall, musician students playing throughout the building as guests inspect the facilities, 17.5.17 Speakers, Chancellor, John Wood, Minister Chris Finlayson, Prof Paul Millar, Prof Te Maire Tau, VC Dr Rod Carr, Hon Lianne Dalziel, Prof Jonathan Le Coq, Emily Barker UCSA Vice President. Entertainment by, EPIC. 219-225, Robin Bond and Graham Zanker, Classics. 141-151, Teece Museum. 001-011, Chancellors party plus Teeces.

Arts Centre, opening of the Chemistry building by Minister Chris Finlayson and the Teece Museum of Classical Antiquities by Leigh and David Teece, dinner in the Great Hall, musician students playing throughout the building as guests inspect the facilities, 17.5.17 Speakers, Chancellor, John Wood, Minister Chris Finlayson, Prof Paul Millar, Prof Te Maire Tau, VC Dr Rod Carr, Hon Lianne Dalziel, Prof Jonathan Le Coq, Emily Barker UCSA Vice President. Entertainment by, EPIC. 219-225, Robin Bond and Graham Zanker, Classics. 141-151, Teece Museum. 001-011, Chancellors party plus Teeces.

Arts Centre, opening of the Chemistry building by Minister Chris Finlayson and the Teece Museum of Classical Antiquities by Leigh and David Teece, dinner in the Great Hall, musician students playing throughout the building as guests inspect the facilities, 17.5.17 Speakers, Chancellor, John Wood, Minister Chris Finlayson, Prof Paul Millar, Prof Te Maire Tau, VC Dr Rod Carr, Hon Lianne Dalziel, Prof Jonathan Le Coq, Emily Barker UCSA Vice President. Entertainment by, EPIC. 219-225, Robin Bond and Graham Zanker, Classics. 141-151, Teece Museum. 001-011, Chancellors party plus Teeces.

Arts Centre, opening of the Chemistry building by Minister Chris Finlayson and the Teece Museum of Classical Antiquities by Leigh and David Teece, dinner in the Great Hall, musician students playing throughout the building as guests inspect the facilities, 17.5.17 Speakers, Chancellor, John Wood, Minister Chris Finlayson, Prof Paul Millar, Prof Te Maire Tau, VC Dr Rod Carr, Hon Lianne Dalziel, Prof Jonathan Le Coq, Emily Barker UCSA Vice President. Entertainment by, EPIC. 219-225, Robin Bond and Graham Zanker, Classics. 141-151, Teece Museum. 001-011, Chancellors party plus Teeces.

Arts Centre, opening of the Chemistry building by Minister Chris Finlayson and the Teece Museum of Classical Antiquities by Leigh and David Teece, dinner in the Great Hall, musician students playing throughout the building as guests inspect the facilities, 17.5.17 Speakers, Chancellor, John Wood, Minister Chris Finlayson, Prof Paul Millar, Prof Te Maire Tau, VC Dr Rod Carr, Hon Lianne Dalziel, Prof Jonathan Le Coq, Emily Barker UCSA Vice President. Entertainment by, EPIC. 219-225, Robin Bond and Graham Zanker, Classics. 141-151, Teece Museum. 001-011, Chancellors party plus Teeces.

Arts Centre, opening of the Chemistry building by Minister Chris Finlayson and the Teece Museum of Classical Antiquities by Leigh and David Teece, dinner in the Great Hall, musician students playing throughout the building as guests inspect the facilities, 17.5.17 Speakers, Chancellor, John Wood, Minister Chris Finlayson, Prof Paul Millar, Prof Te Maire Tau, VC Dr Rod Carr, Hon Lianne Dalziel, Prof Jonathan Le Coq, Emily Barker UCSA Vice President. Entertainment by, EPIC. 219-225, Robin Bond and Graham Zanker, Classics. 141-151, Teece Museum. 001-011, Chancellors party plus Teeces.

Arts Centre, opening of the Chemistry building by Minister Chris Finlayson and the Teece Museum of Classical Antiquities by Leigh and David Teece, dinner in the Great Hall, musician students playing throughout the building as guests inspect the facilities, 17.5.17 Speakers, Chancellor, John Wood, Minister Chris Finlayson, Prof Paul Millar, Prof Te Maire Tau, VC Dr Rod Carr, Hon Lianne Dalziel, Prof Jonathan Le Coq, Emily Barker UCSA Vice President. Entertainment by, EPIC. 219-225, Robin Bond and Graham Zanker, Classics. 141-151, Teece Museum. 001-011, Chancellors party plus Teeces.

Arts Centre, opening of the Chemistry building by Minister Chris Finlayson and the Teece Museum of Classical Antiquities by Leigh and David Teece, dinner in the Great Hall, musician students playing throughout the building as guests inspect the facilities, 17.5.17 Speakers, Chancellor, John Wood, Minister Chris Finlayson, Prof Paul Millar, Prof Te Maire Tau, VC Dr Rod Carr, Hon Lianne Dalziel, Prof Jonathan Le Coq, Emily Barker UCSA Vice President. Entertainment by, EPIC. 219-225, Robin Bond and Graham Zanker, Classics. 141-151, Teece Museum. 001-011, Chancellors party plus Teeces.

Arts Centre, opening of the Chemistry building by Minister Chris Finlayson and the Teece Museum of Classical Antiquities by Leigh and David Teece, dinner in the Great Hall, musician students playing throughout the building as guests inspect the facilities, 17.5.17 Speakers, Chancellor, John Wood, Minister Chris Finlayson, Prof Paul Millar, Prof Te Maire Tau, VC Dr Rod Carr, Hon Lianne Dalziel, Prof Jonathan Le Coq, Emily Barker UCSA Vice President. Entertainment by, EPIC. 219-225, Robin Bond and Graham Zanker, Classics. 141-151, Teece Museum. 001-011, Chancellors party plus Teeces.    Arts Centre, opening of the Chemistry building by Minister Chris Finlayson and the Teece Museum of Classical Antiquities by Leigh and David Teece, dinner in the Great Hall, musician students playing throughout the building as guests inspect the facilities, 17.5.17 Speakers, Chancellor, John Wood, Minister Chris Finlayson, Prof Paul Millar, Prof Te Maire Tau, VC Dr Rod Carr, Hon Lianne Dalziel, Prof Jonathan Le Coq, Emily Barker UCSA Vice President. Entertainment by, EPIC. 219-225, Robin Bond and Graham Zanker, Classics. 141-151, Teece Museum. 001-011, Chancellors party plus Teeces.

Arts Centre, opening of the Chemistry building by Minister Chris Finlayson and the Teece Museum of Classical Antiquities by Leigh and David Teece, dinner in the Great Hall, musician students playing throughout the building as guests inspect the facilities, 17.5.17 Speakers, Chancellor, John Wood, Minister Chris Finlayson, Prof Paul Millar, Prof Te Maire Tau, VC Dr Rod Carr, Hon Lianne Dalziel, Prof Jonathan Le Coq, Emily Barker UCSA Vice President. Entertainment by, EPIC. 219-225, Robin Bond and Graham Zanker, Classics. 141-151, Teece Museum. 001-011, Chancellors party plus Teeces.   Arts Centre, opening of the Chemistry building by Minister Chris Finlayson and the Teece Museum of Classical Antiquities by Leigh and David Teece, dinner in the Great Hall, musician students playing throughout the building as guests inspect the facilities, 17.5.17 Speakers, Chancellor, John Wood, Minister Chris Finlayson, Prof Paul Millar, Prof Te Maire Tau, VC Dr Rod Carr, Hon Lianne Dalziel, Prof Jonathan Le Coq, Emily Barker UCSA Vice President. Entertainment by, EPIC. 219-225, Robin Bond and Graham Zanker, Classics. 141-151, Teece Museum. 001-011, Chancellors party plus Teeces.

Arts Centre, opening of the Chemistry building by Minister Chris Finlayson and the Teece Museum of Classical Antiquities by Leigh and David Teece, dinner in the Great Hall, musician students playing throughout the building as guests inspect the facilities, 17.5.17 Speakers, Chancellor, John Wood, Minister Chris Finlayson, Prof Paul Millar, Prof Te Maire Tau, VC Dr Rod Carr, Hon Lianne Dalziel, Prof Jonathan Le Coq, Emily Barker UCSA Vice President. Entertainment by, EPIC. 219-225, Robin Bond and Graham Zanker, Classics. 141-151, Teece Museum. 001-011, Chancellors party plus Teeces.

Arts Centre, opening of the Chemistry building by Minister Chris Finlayson and the Teece Museum of Classical Antiquities by Leigh and David Teece, dinner in the Great Hall, musician students playing throughout the building as guests inspect the facilities, 17.5.17 Speakers, Chancellor, John Wood, Minister Chris Finlayson, Prof Paul Millar, Prof Te Maire Tau, VC Dr Rod Carr, Hon Lianne Dalziel, Prof Jonathan Le Coq, Emily Barker UCSA Vice President. Entertainment by, EPIC. 219-225, Robin Bond and Graham Zanker, Classics. 141-151, Teece Museum. 001-011, Chancellors party plus Teeces.

UC Presents International Flute Symposium 2017

This Waitangi Weekend, UC School of Music presents the International Flute Symposium 2017, featuring internationally acclaimed flautist Emily Beynon .

The Symposium is being held at Rangi Ruru Girls’ School and includes a Gala Concert where she will perform with other local and international artists including:

  • UC School of Music Flute tutor and Christchurch Symphony Orchestra principal flute Anthony Ferner
  • James Kortum (Lecturer in Flute, Sydney Conservatorium of Music)
  • Bridget Douglas (Principal Flute, NZSO.)

The Symposium marks the beginning of an exciting new era for the UC School of Music as teaching and performance activities are relocated to the Arts Centre this month.

The International Flute Symposium 2017 is a three-day Symposium packed with masterclasses and performances drawing on the expertise of some of the world’s best players brought to Christchurch by the UC School of Music.

flute player
Emily Beynon. Photo: Roland Krämer

Emily Beynon is a Fellow of the Royal Academy of Music in London and is a highly regarded performer and teacher with a long history as principal flute of the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra in Amsterdam. She also performs with many other orchestras across Europe. A passionate and dedicated teacher, Emily is regularly invited to give masterclasses internationally.

Associated artists James Kortum (Lecturer in Flute, Sydney Conservatorium of Music), Bridget Douglas (Principal Flute, NZSO) and UC School of Music Flute Tutor Anthony Ferner (CSO Principal Flute) will join Emily to perform in the Symposium Gala Concert on Sunday evening featuring works by composers including Otar Taktakishvili, Georges Hüe, Toru Takemitsu and UC School of Music Associate Professor Chris Cree Brown.

For more information on the Symposium click here or contact Anthony Ferner ajferner@gmail.com ph 021 244 4023. A Flute Symposium daily and half day observer fee is available.

The Gala Concert starts at 7pm on Sunday Evening, 5 February at the Merivale Lane Theatre, Rangi Ruru Girls’ School, 59 Hewitts Rd, Merivale. Tickets are $40 Adult, $15 Student, Door Sales Only.

The Pianos are on the move!

To facilitate the move of the pianos from the School of Music to the Arts Centre in the city,  the following restrictions are  necessary in the car park next to the Music building.

  • Monday 30 January – two car parks will be commandeered for removal vehicles.
  • Tuesday 31 January – the car park will be closed to all users and reserved for removal vehicles.
  • Wednesday 1 and Thursday 2 February – two car parks will be commandeered for removal vehicles.

A small number of car parks may also be reserved during the week commencing  6 February to allow for staff and office contents from the Music and Classics departments to be moved to the Arts Centre.

Your patience and cooperation is appreciated.

Wayne Robertson
Decanting Manager