Art & Entertainment | Book Reviews | Education | Entertainment Video | Health | Lifestyle | Sport | Sport Video | Search

 

Bill Sutton House restoration underway

7 October 2019

Work is underway to adapt the former home of acclaimed New Zealand artist Bill Sutton into a house museum and community centre.

The Templar Street home, in the residential red zone, will be gifted to the Christchurch City Council by the Crown after the restoration project is complete, to allow Sutton’s legacy to live on.

Land Information New Zealand (LINZ), which manages the red zone on behalf of the Crown, has been working closely with the council, and the Sutton Heritage House and Garden Charitable Trust to convert the property into a community facility.

LINZ Chief Executive Gaye Searancke says the restoration of the significant site, protected by a covenant, marks the start of wider regeneration plans for the Ōtākaro Avon River Corridor.

“It’s an honour for LINZ to be involved in this project which, once complete, will bring new life to this special home,” says Ms Searancke.

“As kaitiaki of this land, we are always looking for new ways to support the use of the residential red zone, and this is just another way we can help make that happen.

“We’ve been working behind the scenes to get multiple consents, as well as the tender process to get an experienced contractor for this unique project.”

Once the restoration is finished, the property will be managed and maintained by the Sutton Heritage House and Garden Charitable Trust. The trust plans to use the facility to run tours about the life and work of Bill Sutton and also to use the house for a range of community programmes and public meetings.

Sutton Heritage House and Garden Charitable Trust co-chair Dame Ann Hercus says they appreciate the support of LINZ, the council and Regenerate Christchurch in getting to this point.

“It’s exciting to see the project becoming closer to being a reality. We believe Bill’s home will become an attraction, it really is a special place, culturally very significant to the city, and we’re pleased we’ve been able to help in securing its future.”

The restoration is expected to be complete and the facility open to the public in March 2020.

Ends


© Scoop Media

 
 
 
Culture Headlines | Health Headlines | Education Headlines

 

NZSP: NZSO To Perform Beethoven’s Famous Fifth Live From Wellington

New Zealanders can enjoy two free live-streamed performances by their national orchestra this month, beginning with Beethoven’s beloved Fifth Symphony . The New Zealand Symphony Orchestra will play the “da-da-da-dah” masterpiece live on stage from ... More>>

Howard Davis: Dazed & Confused by Beats

Beats is both a coming-of-age tale and a romantic movie about endings, set to a nostalgic backdrop of the disappearing tail of the UK's illegal rave scene. More>>

Horowhenua: Matariki Shines Bright At Te Awahou Nieuwe Stroom

Te Awahou Nieuwe Stroom is open again for visitors. And the first thing people will see when they walk into the gallery is a stunning image of the Matariki star cluster – part of a deep space photo exhibition. More>>

Howard Davis: And The Oscar Goes To … Parasite

For its deliciously dark wit and genre-bending ingenuity, Bong Joon-ho's latest movie has just won four out of a potential six Academy Awards, including Best Screenplay and Director. Only ten foreign-language films have previously been nominated for Best Picture and none have won before. More>>

 
 
 
 
 

LATEST HEADLINES

  • CULTURE
  • HEALTH
  • EDUCATION
 


 
  • Wellington
  • Christchurch
  • Auckland