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Christchurch events

Join a talk, tour, debate or discussion at the Festival of Architecture in Christchurch

An installation by Other Architects at Melbourne's NGV. The practice's Grace Mortlock is giving a talk in Christchurch on Thursday 20 September.



Future Islands
Thursday 6 September – Wednesday 26 September, Ara Institute of Canterbury - Kahukura Building (entrance off Moorhouse Ave)
Open 08:30 - 17:00, Monday to Friday
Weekend viewing
13:00 - 17:00 September 15 & 16 only 

Future Islands, an exhibition of floating forms and exquisite architectural models, was New Zealand’s exhibition at the 2016 Venice Architecture Biennale. It presents built and speculative projects from Aotearoa, one of the world’s smallest, most open and diverse societies. Using yacht-building technology, recycled materials, data projections, audio-visual installations and hand-crafted elements, Future Islands offers new, often unsettling, perspectives on architecture in New Zealand and its received relationship to land and culture. Free.

Associated Events:
Blessing Ceremony - 10:00, Thursday 6 September
Exhibition opening - Friday 14 September (by invitation only)


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CoCA 50: Mid Century Modern - The Morrison Collection
Saturday 25 August - Sunday 18 November, CoCA Centre of Contemporary Art | Toi Moroki
Open 10:00 - 17:00, Tuesday to Sunday

‘Mid Century Modern: The Morrison Collection’, an exhibition that journeys through the personal and fascinating back stories behind significant pieces of modernist design from the expansive collection of Christchurch furniture dealer, Ross Morrison and his son, Nico. Growing up in his father’s antiques store gave Ross Morrison an early appreciation for European Antiques and design. Since starting his own business Ross has spent the last twenty-four years sourcing the very best within mid-century furniture and design. His expertise and discerning eye have paved the way for his store Mr Mod to become New Zealand’s leading specialist in mid-century furniture and design. With his son Nico joining the business early last year, they continue to source pieces from around the globe. With a special focus on Italian, American & Scandinavian design from the 1950s- 1980s, this exhibition is the result of one family’s passion for design and includes pieces by Charles & Ray Eames, Gio Ponti, George Nelson, Hans Wegner, Alvar Aalto and Arne Jacobsen collected for their intriguing provenance and their compelling place in the Mid-Century Modern design movement. More information here.



11:00 - 16:00, Saturday 22 September
Go behind the scenes of architecture studios in Christchurch and find out what architects do and how they do it. A great event for students thinking of a career in architecture, those interested in commissioning an architect, and anyone interested in understanding the both the creative processes of building design and the practicalities of getting something built. 

The following studios will be open:


Daily activities

Thursday 13 September

Design Forum: Cathedral Square
Doors open from 17:30, event starts 18.00, refreshments 19:00, Christchurch Art Gallery Auditorium
A panel discussion event discussing themes pertinent to the ongoing reconstruction and development of Cathedral Square. A not-to-be-missed presentation to reflect, debate, and look forward to how the heart of the city is evolving. Free. Booking required. More information and bookings here. 


Sunday 16 September

Urban Sketchers (SOLD OUT)
Coffee from 10:30, tour begins at 11:00, C1 Espresso, Christchurch
Sharpen your pencils and join local architect and urban sketcher, Mario Luz, for a drawing tour of the city centre. Limited spaces. Booking required. More information and bookings here. 

Film Screening - Eames: the architect and the painter
18:00, Phillip Carter Family Auditorium, Christchurch Art Gallery
To continue the celebration of all things mid century for our building’s 50th anniversary, we are hosting an exclusive screening of the brilliant documentary ‘Eames: the architect and the painter’ during the NZIA Festival of Architecture. The film by James Cohn and Bill Jersey is the first to be made about Charles and Ray Eames since their deaths - and the only one that peers deeply inside the link between their artistic collaboration and sometimes tortured love for one another. Insightfully narrated by James Franco, the film brings to light a virgin cache of archival material, visually stunning films, love letters, photographs and artefacts produced in mind-boggling volume by Charles and Ray with their talented staff during the hypercreative forty-year epoch of the Eames Office. Interviews with family members and design historians guide the viewer on an intimate tour of the Eames era, while junior designers who were swept into the 24-7 world of "The Eamery," as they called it, flesh out a fascinatingly complex blueprint of this husband-and-wife powerhouse. Tickets required. Book here.


Monday 17 September

PechaKucha (SOLD OUT)
Refreshments from 19:00, event starts 19:30, Warren and Mahoney, 254 Montreal Street (entrance on Cashel St), Christchurch
A PechaKucha Night collaboration with the New Zealand Institute of Architects Canterbury Branch and Engineering New Zealand's Transportation Group with the theme of 'Circulating Our City'. Free. Bookings required. More information and bookings here.


Tuesday 18 September 

“Their Presence Could Work a Revolution”: Early Women Architects in New Zealand 
Doors open from 17:30, event starts 18.00, refreshments 19:00, Christchurch Art Gallery Auditorium
Who were the women who trained and worked as architects in Aotearoa in the 1900s-1940s? This lecture by Elizabeth Cox tells the stories of those who contributed to the profession of architecture and why have they disappeared from our architectural history today. Free. Booking required. Book here.


Wednesday 19 September

CoCA 50: Christchurch Modern - Architecture Panel Discussion
18:00 - 20:00, Toi Moroki | Centre of Contemporary Art, 66 Gloucester St, Christchurch
In response to the Centre of Contemporary Art gallery building turning 50, and the relevance of its modernist architecture to Christchurch, we ask a panel of architects and modernist enthusiasts about those times in Christchurch, the characters practising then, the influence of modern design in the architecture of today, and why does it cast a spell over its followers. The panel discussion will feature some of Christchurch’s leading architects including Alec Bruce of Wilkie and Bruce Architects; David Sheppard of Sheppard and Rout Architects, Matt Arnold, of Sons and Co. Web and Graphic Design, and founder of the Christchurch Modern web site, and Karen Henning-Hansen, design lecturer, sort-of architect and daughter of one of the CoCA building’s original architects. The conversation will be compered by Dr Jessica Halliday, an architectural historian, co-founder of Te Putahi, director of the Festival of Transitional Architecture (FESTA), former Trustee and current member of CoCA’s Curatorium. Presented at CoCA in collaboration with NZIA for the Festival of Architecture week. Ticketed event. More information and tickets here.


Thursday 20 September

'At This Stage': Grace Mortlock Talk (Other Architects)
Refreshments from 17:30 , event starts 18:00, 20 September, Warren and Mahoney, Christchurch
Hear Grace Mortlock, co-founder of Other Architects, discuss the ‘other’ approaches the practice takes that challenge conventional wisdom, popular opinion and architectural trends. Other Architects recently received the 2018 INDE ‘Prodigy’ award for most promising design practice in the Asia-Pacific region. Register here.


Friday 21 September

Wrap Party!
18:00, Space Academy, Christchurch
Get ready to party like it's 2018 at this year's Festival of Architecture Wrap Party! Free. Booking required. More information and bookings here.


Saturday 22 September

Victoria Square Walking Tour
13:00 - 15:00, Victoria Square, Christchurch
A walking tour of newly restored Victoria Square, hosted by Nik Kneale, Senior Principal at Boffa Miskell and the lead landscape architect on the project. Free. Booking required. More information and bookings here. 


Sunday 23 September

Our Heritage Tour (SOLD OUT)
Tour 1 - 13:00, The Arts Centre, Christchurch
Tour 2 - 14:30, The Arts Centre, Christchurch

The Arts Centre has a rich history – one that now includes an extensive restoration following the Canterbury earthquakes. This guided tour will be led by Project Architect Craig Fitzgerald and the Friends of the Arts Centre. Free. Bookings required. More information and bookings here.


Saturday 29 September

11:00 - 15:30, Function Centre - Landing Service Building, 2 George Street, Timaru 
Hear an array of top design professionals discuss their approaches to projects with a particular emphasis on the relationship to New Zealand's landscapes. Free.


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