Category Archives: Exhibitions & Displays

A Sense of Unease exhibition now on at Matariki Gallery

Head over to Matariki Gallery (Level 1 Matariki) to check out the latest exhibition of items from the Macmillan Brown Library Heritage collections.

van Hout uc apc 1173 closeup

Image Detail: Ronnie van Hout, End Doll (2007), mixed media, UC/APC/1173, UC Art Collection

From Victorian photographs, a scrapbook from the Psychic Society of New Zealand, dark etchings of forests and figures, anatomy lessons to a contemporary sculpture portraying the artist in a coffin box, this exhibition showcases a veritable treasure trove of items from the Macmillan Brown Library Heritage collections. Chosen by staff who work with the collections, the images and objects explore themes of oddity and unease, often resonating with the viewer to leave a memorable impact working on multiple levels.

The exhibition runs until May 19th. Find our more here

Talk celebrating Christchurch’s heritage buildings – Friday 16 October, 7pm–9pm, Undercroft 101

Aficionados of Christchurch’s heritage buildings will be interested in the following Heritage Week session at UC – featuring 2 College of Arts Macmillan Brown Library interns.

Friday 16 October, 7pm–9pm, Undercroft 101, Puaka-James Hight Building – University of Canterbury.

This evening event features local architects, heritage lovers, building owners and residents giving quick-fire presentations on Christchurch’s lost, restored, and future heritage buildings. Complimentary refreshments will be provided through the support of the Warren Trust. This free event is ticketed as spaces are limited.

Arrive early to visit the accompanying exhibition in the University’s Registry (Matariki) building which displays architectural plans, photos, and stories on recent heritage departures and arrivals in Christchurch.

Book your tickets here.

Foundation of Geological Time Exhibition and Public Lecture – Monday 20th July

Celebrating William Smith’s famous geological map, ‘A delineation of the strata of England and Wales’…

 Foundaton of Geological Time
In celebration of the 200th anniversary of the creation of Smith’s iconic work, and the recent ‘rediscovery’ of the University of Canterbury’s original copy donated by Robert Speight, the Macmillan Brown Library and the Geological Sciences Department warmly invite you to attend an open day exhibition and public lecture on Monday 20 July 2015.

Open day exhibition
This exhibition will feature the University of Canterbury’s incarnation of Smith’s map, significant related geological works from the university’s Rare Books Collection, geological samples, equipment and images. The exhibition will highlight the history of our map, it’s relation to Canterbury and the significance of the map to the development of geological sciences and geological mapping, past and present, at UC.
Day: Monday 20 July 2015
Time: 10:30am – 4pm
Venue: Undercroft 101 (view map)

Public Lecture
Presented by Emeritus Professor Patrick De Deckker (Australian National University). Patrick recently attended the 200th anniversary celebrations for the Smith map in England and is a Honorary Fellow of the Geological Society of London. In 2007, he was awarded the Order of Australia Medal for ‘service to science through research and teaching’. His more than 200 publications give clear evidence of his interest in a broad range of topics with special emphasis on geological records of climate and environmental change, and the history of science. The UC map will be displayed in the foyer before and after the public lecture.
Day: Monday 20 July 2015
Time: 6:30pm – 7:30pm
Venue: A1, North Arts Lecture Theatre (view map)
RSVP: RSVP by Wednesday 15 July by emailing events@canterbury.ac.nz

 William Smith geological map

New Library Displays at Central and Education Libraries

At Central Library
Come and check out the display celebrating 800 years of the Magna Carta. The display is located just behind the information desk on Level 2 of the library (Puaka-James Hight building)

Need to know more about the Magna Carta and its historical significance? Check out http://www.bl.uk/magna-carta/articles/magna-carta-an-introduction for an introduction, narrated by Monty Python’s Terry Jones.

At the Education Library
Teaching students about to go on placement? Come and check out the latest display at the Education library – Professional practice, behavior in the classroom

NZ Music Month Displays

May is New Zealand Music Month.

To celebrate, we have put together displays in two of our libraries.

You can check out the displays at:

  • Central Library (Puaka-James Hight Building) Level 2 – between the 2 lift bays.
    The display features New Zealand music in the 1990’s”. In a celebration of this unique period of Kiwi music we have selected a few items from the Macmillan Brown Library collection which give a taste of what UC students were rocking out to 20-ish years ago
  • Education Library (Henry Field) to your left just after entering via the main entrance doors.
    This is an ever-evolving display so you may want to go back for several visits.

    Here are just two examples:


Visions of Peace – two significant exhibitions.

Visions of Peace, The H.W. Youren Collection and the Art of Chinese Soft Diplomacy
Exhibition now on in Matariki Building, first floor
21 November-4 December

This exhibition presents a part of the collection of Chinese art from the H W Youren Collection, from MTG Hawke’s Bay, representing one man’s attempt to use art to promote communist China in post-war New Zealand. Bill Youren (1910-1983) was a tireless campaigner for world peace, nuclear disarmament and social justice. In 1950s and 60s China, he witnessed events seminal in the history of the foundation of the People’s Republic. Alongside public talks and published writings, he attempted to use art to present an alternative image of China to that offered by government and the mainstream press. This exhibition, and book of the same name, celebrates his life and the collection of Chinese art he amassed to promote New China to New Zealand.

Visions of Peace is supported by MTG Hawkes Bay, Tai Ahuriri and the University of Canterbury’s Confucius Institute.

Exhibition developed by Dr James Beattie (University of Waikato) and Dr Richard Bullen (UC Art History and Theory)

Puaka James Hight Display Case Exhibition

We are currently displaying a selection of books from the Macmillan Brown Heritage Collections intended to tie-in to the ‘Visions of Peace’ exhibition in the Matariki Building. Our selection includes both published and unpublished material, as well as first hand and secondary accounts of journeys to China by foreign visitors. The objects presented explore ideas of cultural exchange, host and visitor relations, and the documentation of difference over a period spanning 500 years.