Local Govt | National News Video | Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Search


Art Gallery visitor numbers on target for 2006-07

Media Release November 2006

Art Gallery visitor numbers on target for 2006-07 financial year

More than 114,000 people have visited the Christchurch Art Gallery Te Puna o Waiwhetu during the first four months of the 2006-07 financial year.

Christchurch City Council Community Services General Manager Stephen McArthur said it was pleasing to see visitor numbers were tracking well for the current financial year, there having been good growth in visitor numbers during the last few months.

“At 114, 387, visitor numbers for the first four months of the year are only 97 behind target and tracking well.”

The Gallery ended the 2005-06 financial year with 288,293 visitors, 0.28 per cent down on the previous year’s 289,097.

Mr McArthur said he acknowledged it would be a challenge for the Gallery to achieve a visitor count of 350,000 in the 2006-07 year, but he was confident it was an achievable result with the work that had been done to create a new exhibition programme and visitor experience.

“Strong visitor numbers in the last four months have already shown the Gallery is better connecting with its loyal arts community and new and enlarged audiences,” he said.

“Through the Paradigm Shift, a new leadership team, processes and procedures, there are some extremely exciting times ahead for the Gallery as it forges a new identity and works to realise its vision of the Cultural Precinct and Worcester Boulevard becoming the most visited cultural site in New Zealand.”

Mr McArthur said the Gallery’s Summer 2006-07 schedule was beginning to be rolled out and was proving very popular.

“The A & P Show – Art Goes Country has been a real hit, attracting a wide and varied audience of new visitors. Gregor Kregar’s Matthew 12:12 live sheep installation created much interest last weekend.

“This show continues to 3 December and as most New Zealanders have a rural connection and have been to an A & P Show as a child, the exhibition brings back many special memories.”

He said Giacometti, which opened last Friday, is a hauntingly beautiful exhibition of work by one of the most inventive and original sculptors of 20th century art.

“Renowned for his strikingly emaciated figures, Giacometti captured the complexity of the human condition in the 20th century through his work. This is an amazing show and we are incredibly fortunate to have it showing exclusively in New Zealand at our art gallery.

“I hope every Christchurch resident makes time to go to the Gallery and see these beautiful masterpieces. It is the first time Giacometti’s art has ever been exhibited in the Southern Hemisphere and this is arguably the most important exhibition of 20th century sculpture to be seen in New Zealand. The more successful shows like this are, the more international art we will be able to attract to the Gallery.”

Mr McArthur said Out of Erewhon, which opens this Friday (24 November), is a celebration of the strengthen and breadth of the practice of new and emerging visual artists in Canterbury, and adds an exciting dimension to what is currently on display at the Gallery.

“Christchurch residents will also be treated to a remarkable exhibition of work by Frances Hodgkins (from 8 December) and photographs by renowned landscape photographer Craig Potton (from 15 December) to complete what is guaranteed to be a challenging and stimulating summer schedule.”


© Scoop Media

Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines


Also, Loan Interest: Productivity Commission On Tertiary Education

Key recommendations include better quality control; making it easier for students to transfer between courses; abolishing University Entrance; enabling tertiary institutions to own and control their assets; making it easier for new providers to enter the system; and facilitating more and faster innovation by tertiary education providers... More>>


Higher Payments: Wellington Regional Council Becomes A Living Wage Employer

Councillor Sue Kedgley said she was delighted that the Wellington Regional Council unanimously adopted her motion to become a Living Wage employer, making it the first regional council in New Zealand to do so. More>>


Scoop Images:
Dame Patsy Reddy Sworn In As Governor-General

This morning Dame Patsy Reddy was sworn in as the New Zealand Realm’s 21st Governor-General. The ceremony began with a pōwhiri to welcome Dame Patsy and her husband Sir David Gascoigne to Parliament. More>>


Ruataniwha: DOC, Hawke's Bay Council Developer Take Supreme Court Appeal

The Department of Conservation and Hawke's Bay Regional Investment Company (HBRIC) are appealing to the Supreme Court over a conservation land swap which the Court of Appeal halted. More>>


With NZ's Marama Davidson: Women’s Flotilla Leaves Sicily – Heading For Gaza

Women representing 13 countries spanning five continents began their journey yesterday on Zaytouna-Oliva to the shores of Gaza, which has been under blockade since 2007. On board are a Nobel Peace Laureate, three parliamentarians, a decorated US diplomat, journalists, an Olympic athlete, and a physician. A list of the women with their background can be found here. More>>

Gordon Campbell: On The Key Style Of Crisis Management

At Monday’s post Cabinet press conference Key was in his finest wide- eyed “Problem? What problem?” mode. No, there wasn’t really a problem that top MPI officials had been at odds with each other over the meaning of the fisheries policy and how that policy should be pursued... More>>


Mt Roskill: Greens Will Not Stand In Likely Post-Goff By-Election

“The Green Party’s priority is changing the Government in 2017, and as part of that we’ve decided that we won’t stand a candidate in the probable Mt Roskill by-election... This decision shows the Memorandum of Understanding between Labour and the Green Party is working." More>>


Get More From Scoop



Search Scoop  
Powered by Vodafone
NZ independent news