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“The Dawn Raids – Educate to liberate” Exhibition official launch

Warmest Pasifika Greetings,

The University of Canterbury is proud to be hosting “The Dawn Raids – Education to liberate” Exhibition in our Matariki Gallery from the 27 September for a number of weeks. More information on the exhibition, public seminars, and lectures that will be available at this time will be sent out soon, however in the meantime, we would like to warmly welcome you to the official launch of the Exhibition being held:

Date: Friday 27 September 2019

Time: 5.15pm

Venue: University of Canterbury – Undercroft Seminar Room 101

Refreshments provided

The event will include a formal welcome to UC, followed by the producer of the exhibition and other speakers sharing about the exhibition.

If you would like to attend this event, please rsvp to pasifika@canterbury.ac.nz by Friday 13 September, however please note that numbers are limited so spaces may go quickly. Once you have RSVP’d, you will receive a calendar invite to confirm you attendance. 

Katrina Beekhuis’ Pensieri Gallery Exhibition

UC Graduate Katrina Beekhuis is an artist who creates installations using objects or structures which are embedded, aligned or enmeshed with the physical space they inhabit, is holding an exhibition from 10 October – 2 November. 

The exhibition, titled Pensieri, continues her investigation into the revealing and concealing nature of perception.

The title is borrowed from 18th century sculptor Joseph Nollekens who referred to the small figures he molded from clay as Pensieri, or ‘thoughts’.

Katrina Beekhuis received a BFA from Ilam SoFA (2005) and an MFA from Elam SoFA (2015).

In 2015, she was awarded the Iris Fisher Scholarship by Te Tuhi Centre for The Arts and in 2017, was the recipient of the International artist’s residency at Gasworks in Vauxhall, London.


Exhibition: An imprecise organisation of forms – Holly Best

You are warmly invited to the Ilam Campus Gallery exhibition opening of An imprecise organisation of forms – Holly Best.

When: 5pm, Wednesday 28 March (exhibition runs 27 March – 26 April)
Where: Ilam Campus Gallery, Block 2, SoFA

An imprecise organisation of forms is part family photo album, part formal game that takes an unreliable approach with indecisive results.

Considering the practice of chasing Cartier-Bresson’s photographic “decisive moment”,  Holly Best courts failure with the most precious of subjects, exploring the convoluted ways we see pictures and measure their success.

Holly Best is a Christchurch-based artist and writer. Recent exhibitions include ‘The Devil’s Blindspot: Recent Strategies in New Zealand Photography’ at Christchurch Art Gallery Te Puna O Waiwhetu, ‘Garden City’ for SCAPE Public Art in the Christchurch Arts Centre, and ‘Domestic Abstraction’ at Chambers 241. She also writes for Art New Zealand.

Image: Untitled, photograph

WEB student sculpture exhibition


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.

For more information and updates on the event of bad weather visit: https://www.facebook.com/events/271209756593579/

Restoring the Townsend Teece Telescope

Graeme Kershaw has embarked on a three-year project to restore the 152-year-old Townsend Teece Telescope.  Here, he shares just what that entails.

As most people may now realise the exhibition of the badly broken and damaged parts of the Townsend Teece Telescope are on display on the ground floor of Matariki (Registry building). Along with the telescope parts is a display of many historical pictures and documents in the form of posters and a presentation.

For me, this telescope is of particular significance and importance. As a very young teenager, it was the first ‘real’ telescope I had ever looked through and I became a regular visitor to the observatory on the Friday open nights. As chance would have it, I became a member of the staff of the Dept. of Physics in early 1966 and the very first job I was given there was to build a new lens cap for the Townsend.

Over the following years I was one of the technicians who maintained the telescope and was part of a restoration project in the early 1970s. There was a charm associated with this telescope that seduced me into a caring maintenance relationship and kept me involved until 2008 when I carried out repairs to the telescopes ‘clock drive’.

I was saddened to hear that the Tower that housed the telescope was badly damaged in the September 2010 earthquakes and any attempts to recover it were deemed too dangerous. Those plans were postponed until such time that the earthquake aftershock sequence had diminished to a safe level. As we all know, that didn’t happen and the whole observatory was destroyed in the February 2011 quake.

In the months that followed, I was excited to find that the telescope, although badly damaged, was in fact repairable especially since it was found that the lens was totally undamaged. Since this is the ‘heart’ of the telescope, it was totally sensible to restore it. With this in mind, I volunteered to restore the telescope as a retirement project, starting mid-2016.

As a consequence of this decision, serious fundraising was undertaken by UC alumni, which culminated in a large sum of money being donated to the restoration fund by Prof. David Teece with the restored telescope to be renamed accordingly.

The exhibition, to me, is the beginning of an amazing journey to restore the telescope. This instrument is very near and dear to me and I now have the opportunity to return it to its former glory. This telescope needs to be returned as close as humanly possible to its original condition and only those parts that have been fatally damaged will be replicated using new materials.

Without a doubt the restoration project will challenge my skills and energy to a level seldom experienced by me over the last 50 years of my career at the University. I am very hopeful that those who literally shed tears when they saw the level of destruction will smile as they admire the views they will experience when they once again gaze in amazement at the heavens above.

The exhibition is on display in the Matariki building until 8 July.

Through the lens