Christchurch Art Show could be the biggest in the country thanks to a new venue

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A Christchurch Art Show staff member with work by Joanne Webber in 2021.

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A Christchurch Art Show staff member with work by Joanne Webber in 2021.

The Christchurch Art Show could now be one of New Zealand’s biggest thanks to its new venue at the Te Pae Convention Center this year.

Director Kate Morrison said the floor space for this weekend’s event was 60% larger than last year’s, which was held at the Air Force Museum of New Zealand, Wigram.

“We’ve never done one this big before,” she said.

“I think we are the biggest art exhibition in New Zealand. There will be no one with a bigger floor plan than this.

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Janine Whitelaw's work hangs at the Christchurch Art Show in 2021.

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Janine Whitelaw’s work hangs at the Christchurch Art Show in 2021.

She said 1,600 people would attend opening night on Friday to see thousands of artworks by 139 artists from across New Zealand.

Prices range from $20 to $10,000 for a large piece of art.

“The most popular buy point is around $700.”

The bigger space at Te Pae meant they could bring in more sculptures, including a large skull made by Weta Workshop artist Javier Murcia, Morrison said.

The opening night of the Christchurch Art Show at the Air Force Museum in 2021.

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The opening night of the Christchurch Art Show at the Air Force Museum in 2021.

“It means there’s more space for people to step back and look at the art.

“It’s hard to see art in a very closed environment.”

The show, which will run from Friday night to Monday, was first held in Christchurch in 2014. Morrison said they wanted Te Pae to host the event.

The event was postponed from March to June after the country moved to the red setting of Covid-19 pandemic controls in January, halting any event with more than 100 people.

Artists Liz Turnbull and Odelle Morshuis at the Christchurch Art Show in 2021.

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Artists Liz Turnbull and Odelle Morshuis at the Christchurch Art Show in 2021.

“We have been looking forward to entering the room for a long time.

She hoped the downtown location would lead to more footfall.

“In town, we think people are just going to run into him.”

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