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Chch Streets Come Alive w World's Best Public Art

Christchurch Streets Come Alive With The World's Best Public Art

Wandering Lines: Towards a New Culture of Space opens 19 September 2008.

Co-curated by Turkey's internationally renowned Fulya Erdemci and New Zealand's Danae Mossman, SCAPE 2008 will open with a distinctive list of artists showcasing new work in public space. Sited city-wide outdoors and at the Christchurch Art Gallery Te Puna o Waiwhetu, SCAPE 2008 runs for 6 weeks from 19 Sep – 2 Nov*.

The SCAPE Christchurch Biennial is New Zealand's only international biennial dedicated to the exhibition of contemporary art in public space. It plays a unique and important role as it focuses on commissioning new works of art. This year, approximately 90 per cent of the artworks shown in the Biennial will premiere in Christchurch.

25 Artists from more than 15 countries make-up the ARTIST LIST

AVL - Atelier van Lieshout (The Netherlands), Billy Apple (New Zealand/United States); Hannah & Aaron Beehre (New Zealand), Erick Beltrán (Mexico), Guillaume Bijl (Belgium), Elmgreen & Dragset (Norway/Denmark), Ayşe Erkmen (Germany/Turkey), Pat Foster & Jen Berean (Australia), Carmela Gross (Brazil), Lonnie Hutchinson (New Zealand), Ann Veronica Janssens (Belgium), Paul Johns (New Zealand), Maider López (Spain), Tea Mäkipää (Finland), Callum Morton (Australia), Tatzu Oozu (Germany/Japan), James Oram (New Zealand), Murat & Fuat Şahinler (Turkey), Karin Sander (Germany), Marnie Slater (New Zealand), Ron Terada (Canada), ZUS - Zones Urbaines Sensibles (The Netherlands), Felice Varini (France/Switzerland)

(see the SCAPE Media Kit for more information).


Wednesday 30 August
Visioning a future for Public Art in Christchurch
Join Canterbury Museum Director and Chair of Christchurch’s Public Art Advisory Group, Anthony Wright as he leads panelists Jenny Harper (Director Christchurch Art Gallery), architect Ian Athfield, urban designer Hugh Nicholson and sculptor Phil Price in a discussion contemplating possible futures for Christchurch’s art in public spaces.
Christchurch Art Gallery Auditorium, free

Thursday 18 September 2008
Permanent Public Artwork Unveiling
Artwork site, free

Friday 19 September 2008
Introduction to SCAPE 2008 with the curators and invited guests
Christchurch Art Gallery Auditorium, free

7.30pm Opening Preview & Artists’ Party Christchurch Art Gallery
Christchurch Art Gallery Foyer, ticketed

Saturday 20 & Sunday 21 September
SCAPE 2008 Public Programme
Christchurch Art Gallery (and selected sites), free

SCAPE’s Public Programme continues throughout the Biennial with a number of Montana Wednesday Evening Lectures.
Programme updates:

Sunday 2 November 2008
Final day SCAPE Outdoors

Sunday 30 November 2008
Final day to see SCAPE at Christchurch Art Gallery


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