Workshop. Laughter (not) Yoga: A Mother's Day Treat
It's often said that laughter is best medicine, so treat your busy mum - or yourself! - to our 'laughter (not) yoga' and wellbeing workshop this Mother's Day.Info
Open Late. Pregnancy Help Fundraiser
Join Pregnancy Help at CoCA for a night of fun and enjoyment and help raise funds to ensure women continue to be supported during pregnancy and motherhood.Info
Open Late. CoCAcabana
It's time to CoCAcabana! Say #TFIF and miss the Friday night commute. CoCA will be open from 5-8pm with live music, eats, cash bar and your last chance (almost) to see David Shrigley: Lose Your Mind.Info
Performance. The Nerd Degree: Art of Dorkness
Join the audience and experience The Nerd Degree live at CoCA!
The Nerd Degree is a live comedy panel show in which two teams of hilarious nerds answer impossible questions about pop culture and geeky trivia. What they don’t know, they make up.Info
Children's Workshop. CoCA Create! Coils of Clay
With CoCA Create! and artist Janna van Hasselt, learn how to coil-build and extrude clay to create sculptures inspired by David Shrigley: Lose Your Mind.
Children's Workshop. CANCELLED: CoCA Create! Make a Robot Artist
Unfortunately this event has been cancelled.Info
Workshop. Dr. Sketchy's: Animal Shapes
Dr. Sketchy's Anti-Art School is a night of life drawing like no other. It’s an evening of drinking and drawing mixed with beastly burlesque.Info
Children's Workshop. CoCA Create! Flip Animation with Tjalling de Vries
Join CoCA Create! and artist Tjalling de Vries to learn the magic of cartooning in this flip animation workshop.
Late Night CoCA. Party Funtimes! A youth night with White Elephant Trust and Q-topia
MUSIC! PERFORMANCES! ART! FOOD & DRINK!
CoCA, White Elephant Trust and Q-topia present Party Funtimes, an exciting new FREE event for the youth of Ōtautahi.
Artist Talk. Associates Programme - The Career Path of David Shrigley
Monday 13 March, 2pm
FREE (only for CoCA Associates)
A fantastic opportunity for CoCA Associates to hear about the professional trajectory of an internationally sucessful artist. David Shrigley will talk about his career path and how he made some key decisions as an artist.
This talk is for members of the Associates Programme. Find out more here.
Tour. Close-up & Personal with David Shrigley
Monday 13 March, 11am
$25 / Friends of CoCA $15
Entry to booked ticket holders ONLY
Ever wanted to hear an artist's own description of their work and processes?
Join David Shrigley for a one-off artist tour of David Shrigley: Lose Your Mind. This is an exclusive opportunity to discuss his work in detail and understand the mind of this fascinating artist.Info
Panel Discussion. Finding Common Ground featuring David Shrigley
Saturday 11 March, 11am
FREE / Koha (donation)
VENUE: Christchurch Art Gallery Auditorium
In association with the new exhibition David Shrigley: Lose Your Mind at CoCA, join us for a panel discussion on public art, featuring David Shrigley as a guest speaker.
Tour. Exhibition Tour with British Council Curator
Saturday 11 March, 2pm
FREE / Koha (donation)
Claire Feeley, British Council Curator will give a tour about the exhibition David Shrigley: Lose Your Mind.
Find out about the curatorial selection of the works of art and how the British Council developed this touring exhibition with David Shrigley.Info
Artist Talk. David Shrigley
Friday 10 March, 6pm
$15 / Friends of CoCA $10
VENUE: Christchurch Art Gallery Auditorium
David Shrigley is in New Zealand for a limited time only. Join us for an entertaining and unique opportunity to get into the mindset of this renowned British artist and his approach to his work.Info
Performance. TYPEFACE - Live Tattoo Session
Tattooing as part of Typeface performance, Vaimaila Urale (artist) and Penni Grigg (tattoo artist).Info
Performance. Typeface - Mural
Vaimaila Urale is an Auckland based artist. Born in Samoa much of her artmaking process draws on traditional Samoan elements expressed through digital media and contemporary social art practices.Info
Leafa and Faith Wilson are a mother and daughter who collaborate with an explicit understanding of where they converge and diverge as individual women.Info
Performance. Me And My Salu Lima
Leafa's performance references the history of migrant labour in New Zealand and the strong presence of migrant workers in Ōtautahi Christchurch particularly during the rebuild.Info
Performance. Confessions // Let it burn
This performance addresses the function of truth in a relationship, specifically between mother and daughter. As someone who has withheld truth on many occasions, mostly out of fear of how a parent will react, will late confessions bring us closer together, or divide?Info
Tour. Greening the Rubble Walking Tour
Talented gardeners from Greening the Rubble (GtR) will host a guided walk that takes in several of their urban greening projects in the central city plus projects and artworks by others.Info
Performance. MilkSpa Closing Performance
Gaby Montejo invites participants to consider the underlying cost of their milky coffee; asking ““Is it worth it?”, “To what end?” and “For the benefit of whom?”Info
Talk. The Deep Sea & Our Precarious Nature with Lucy Lawless
A talk by actor and Greenpeace Climate Ambassador Lucy Lawless and climate-focused campaigners will be the closing highlight of our provocative exhibition, Precarious Nature.Info
Workshop. #TOOMANYCOWS: Community Banner Making with Greenpeace
These community banner painting workshops are about bringing people together to talk (and paint) about what it means to have clean water, and how we can get more active to clean up our water ways.Info
Film. Rising Waters: 30 Million & Habitat for Humanity on Sea Level Change
Join us for a screening of 30 Million, a Kiwi-produced film about the threat of rising sea levels on Bangladesh, followed by a Q&A with directors Daniel Price and Adrien Taylor. Then hear Habitat for Humanity's Peter Taylor talk about their work in the Pacific and here in Aotearoa, building homes and facilities that will withstand higher sea levels.Info
Panel Discussion. JUST DO IT: Getting Beyond the Talk on Climate Change
Forest & Bird say NATURE NEEDS OUR HELP and needs it NOW.
Come and learn what Forest & Bird is wanting New Zealand to do, what we are doing as an organisation both nationally and locally, and how you can join in.Info
Performance. I CALL TO HER - Nina Oberg Humphries
Join us for this free art performance by Nina Oberg Humphries, beginning outside the Canterbury Museum at 2pm, Sunday 5 February.Info
Performance. Precarious Nature: Playback Theatre Responds
Come and view the works in Precarious Nature before an improvised response performance by Playback Theatre.Info
Children's Workshop. The Wicked Wicking Workshop with Greening the Rubble
A children's workshop with Greening the Rubble making windowsill wicking potted plants!Info
Talk. 25 Years of Global Climate Change: Will Countries Act in Time?
Dr. Kennedy Graham, MP for the Green Party, has attended many of the UN conferences on climate change and has been a strong advocate in Parliament. He will speak to developments in the area at CoCA.Info
Children's Workshop. Freshwater Fish Friends - with Working Waters Trust
Create your own native fish puppet with help from an artist. Will your new friend be an eel, redfin bully, or a torrentfish maybe? Learn all about our fascinating native freshwater fish and some tough challenges they face from a freshwater ecologist on hand.Info
Tour. Trees for Canterbury Nursery Tour
Explore the nursery and learn all about Trees for Canterbury with a tour starting at 1pm, hosted by Steve Bush.
TREES FOR CANTERBURY BASE SITE
42 Charlesworth St, Woolston
Film. HOT AIR Screening with 350 Christchurch
Join 350 Christchurch and CoCA for a screening and discussion of Alister Barry and Abi King Jones' documentary 'Hot Air - The politics of climate change in New Zealand'Info
Talk. The Climate Change Paradox - Seminar with Charles Drace
Join us for this free seminar by Charles Drace of Oil Free Otautahi. Held in the CoCA Meeting Room, Level 2.
Tour. Te Kōhaka o Tūhaitara Tour
Why not explore Canterbury this afternoon? Head north to the Woodend Beach Domain to Te Kōhaka o Tūhaitara Trust's office and go on a walking tour of a few Biota Nodes on the way to Tutaepatu Lagoon.Info
Tour. Walking Tour with Avon-Ōtākaro Network
Avon Ōtākaro Network and CoCA invite you to join us on this free public talk/walking tour around the Ōtākaro/Avon River on Saturday 14th January.Info
Children's Workshop. Zine Making with Liv Worsnop
A children's workshop with artist Liv Worsnop for a zine making workshop - The lo-fi, handmade ‘mini magazine’ is a wonderful format for all budding story-tellers, activists, illustrators and creative kids.Info
Panel Discussion. Antarctica panel discussion with Speak up Korerotia
Come along and listen to Antarctica experts discuss the issue in relation to science, nature and the Antarctic Treaty, followed by audience Q&A, in an event timed to coincide with the 60th anniversary of the establishment of Scott Base. The discussion will be recorded and then will air on the Christchurch-based human rights radio show Speak Up-Korerotia, run by Dr Sally Carlton. $5 per ticket
Limited seating so get in quick!
Children's Workshop. Christmas Children's Workshop with Trees for Canterbury
Plant a native seedling and create a Christmas card with Steve Bush from Trees for Canterbury. Workshop runs 1:00 - 3:00pm, Wednesday 21st December, for children aged 5-12 (supervision advised for those under 7 years).Info
Talk. Melissa Macleod & Habitat for Humanity
Join us at 2pm for a free talk in the Mair Gallery by artist Melissa Macleod and Habitat for Humanity representative, Peter.Info
Children's Workshop. The Nature of this Place - Children's Workshop with Di Lucas
Learn about the nature of this place with Landscape Architect, Di Lucas. Workshop runs 1:00 - 3:00pm, Wednesday 18 January, for children aged 7-12.Info
Talk. Te Kohaka o Tuhaitara Trust
Join us for a free talk in the Groundfloor Gallery by Te Kohaka o Tuhaitara Trust representative, Greg Byrnes.Info
Talk. Trees for Canterbury
Join us for a free talk in the Groundfloor Gallery by Trees for Canterbury representative, Steve Bush.Info
Talk. Forest & Bird
Join us for a free talk in the Groundfloor Gallery by Forest & Bird representative and photographer, Steve Attwood.Info
Talk. Working Waters Trust
Join us for a free talk in the Groundfloor Gallery by Working Waters Trust representative, Sophie Allen.Info
Performance. Honeymoon Latte - Gaby Montejo
In Honeymoon Latte, Gaby Montejo invites selected participants to consider the underlying cost of their milky coffee; asking ““Is it worth it?”, “To what end?” and “For the benefit of whom?” Whilst sitting in a Spa full of milk.
Talk. Artist in Conversation: Anne Noble & Torfrida Wainright
Join us for this free talk in the gallery between Artist Anne Noble & enviornmental activist and former beekeeper Torfrida Wainright.Info
Talk. Mike Joy - Polluted inheritance; New Zealand’s freshwater crisis.
Join us for this keynote talk by academic and activist Dr Mike Joy on the true state of freshwaters in New Zealand based on his book Polluted Inheritance. $5 Entry fee supports Mike's visit to Christchurch and CoCA's offsetting for the exhibition. Doors open 6:30pm for a viewing of the exhibition Precarious Nature, talk starts at 7:00pmInfo
Talk. Artist in Conversation: Hayden Fowler with Paula Orrell
Join us for this free talk between artist Hayden Fowler and CoCA Director Paula OrrellInfo
Talk. Artist in Conversation: Tim Knowles & Amelia Hitchcock
Join us for this free talk where artist Tim Knowles & curator Amelia Hitchcock discuss Tim's work on the Tasman Glacier.Info
Talk. Artist in Conversation: Alex Monteith & Natalie Robertson
Join us for this free talk, where long time collaborators Alex Monteith & Natalie Robertson discuss each of their separate works in Precarious NatureInfo
Late Night CoCA. FESTA 2016
Live for one night only – join Christchurch’s biggest street party!
Late Night CoCA. CoCacabana
FESTA Leans on CoCA and live responses by muscians and sound artists to the works of art in Contemporary Christchurch.Info
Talk. Antony Gormley: Christchurch and the world
To celebrate the unveiling of the second figure of STAY, CoCA will host a presentation by Dr Mark Stocker on Antony Gormley’s work.
Artist Talk. Scott Flanagan Artist Talk
In this free talk, Scott Flanagan discusses his work in Contemporay Christchuch, Wild South - Young Mountains.Info
Children's Workshop. Fake, make, bake - Children's Workshop with Jacqueline Greenbank
Artist Jacquelin Greenbank is running two children's sculpey workshops these school holidays, for children age 5-12.Info
Performance. Cardboard Confessional
Audrey Baldwin, Oscar Bannan, Bridget Harris, Neil MacLeod, Annemieke Montagne, Patricia Parkin, Jennifer Katherine Shields
91 Hereford St (Spark Park)
This is a space where we invite you to confess, not your sins, but your frustrations.
We invite you to vocalise, exorcise and recycle your woes into a collaborative community artwork.
Better out than in! Frustration is not a sin!
Performance. Films with Motte
Motte (Anita Clark) will be joined by Gabriel Childs in an immersive audio-visual project. The two will perform a specific live accompaniment and sound design for two short films at CoCA, creating a multimedia experience for the audience.
Talk. On Hybridity, human nature and the future of jewellery
Visiting international author and scholar Dr Pravu Mazumdar presents a talk On Hybridity, human nature and the future of jewellery.Info
Talk. Arts Unlocked: Becoming a Collector
Learn how to begin and build an art collection and make wise art investments from people in the know.Info
Talk. Arts Unlocked: Art Roles Explained
An intimate event to help you gain insights into what different galleries and collectors do in New Zealand and what happens behind the scenes, from the people making it happen.Info
Performance. Anchor Point
Join us for a presentation of Anchor Point; a tactile exploration of sculpture, dance, sound and light, developed in the CoCA gallery space during Contemporary Christchurch.
Workshop. Performance art and identity - Youth Workshops
A series of four workshops for youth aged 15-21, this is a fantastic opportunity for young people to work with a well known local artist Audrey Baldwin to develop their own practice and further their knowledge about contemporary performance art.
Performance. Anchor Point Performance Development
A tactile exploration of sculpture, dance, sound and light, towards a performance which will be developed in the CoCA gallery space during Contemporary Christchurch, Tuesday 30 August - Saturday 3 September 2016.Info
Artist Talk. Tjalling de Vries
A free short talk with Tjalling de Vries on his works in Contemporary Christchurch.Info
Artist Talk. Jacquelyn Greenbank
A free short talk with Jacquelyn Greenbank on her work Squatch.Info
Artist Talk. In Conversation: Ana Iti and Daegan Wells
Local artists Ana Iti and Daegan Wells discuss their work in Contemporary ChristchurchInfo
Performance. Speaking Proud
This hour long fundraising event for Qtopia features performances and readings by some of our finest local and international authors and poets is not to be missed!Info
Performance. FIKA Writers: The Whale Is In The Sea
FIKA Writers present The Whale is in the Sea, a multi-media presentation of new works and public contributions.Info
Performance. Faultline Performance Poetry
CoCA and Faultline Poetry Collective are proud to present a night of performance poetry inspired by John Akomfrah’s cinematic masterpiece Vertigo Sea’ and Bridget Reweti’s Tirohanga.Info
Workshop. Faultline Writing and Performance Workshop
CoCA and Faultline Poetry Collective are thrilled to present a unique workshop opportunity for young writers in Ōtautahi!Info
Talk. Speak Up Kōrerotia | Crossing The Bridge talks and screening
Join us for a double bill of talks and a celebration.
Sally Carlton of Speak Up Kōrerotia Human Rights Radio Show series celebrates the show's relaunch with us and reflects on Vertigo Sea and Tirohanga.
We toast the installation of Crossing The Bridge at Lux Cafe at CoCA. The Crossing The Bridge short film will be shown, followed by a discussion of the project with photographer Petra Mingneau and participants from the Ashburton Community included in the exhibition.
Entry by Koha.Info
Artist Talk. Lisa Reihana
Artist Lisa Reihana will discuss her practice in relation to 'Vertigo Sea' by John Akomfrah and 'Tirohanga' by Bridget Reweti. Lisa Reihana will represent New Zealand in the 57th Venice Biennale in 2017with the panoramic video In Pursuit of Venus [infected] commissioned by Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tāmaki.
Artist Talk. John Akomfrah (via Skype)
John Akomfrah will give a talk by Skype about the work Vertigo Sea. An exciting opportunity to listen to the artist talk about this sensational work of art.Info
Talk. Cassandra Barnett on Vertigo Sea and Tirohanga
Please join us at CoCA for this free talk, 11am Saturday 25 June 2016.
Writer Cassandra Barnett (Ngāti Raukawa) will explore the artworks and the rich territories between John Akomfrah’s Vertigo Sea and Bridget Reweti’s Tirohanga. The talk will response to the exhibitions and expand the trajectories of the artworks - encompassing, for instance, concepts of kaitiakitanga and posthumanism - and examines the context of exhibiting them together here in Aotearoa New Zealand.Info
Children's Workshop. Pinhole Camera Holiday Workshop
Inspired by Bridget Reweti's Tirohanga join us for a school holiday workshop with photographer Stefan RobertsInfo
Talk. Artist Talks at The Physics Room
Artist Talk. Nathan Pohio & Steve Carr
Children's Workshop. Saturday Children's Workshop
With artist Gaby MontejoInfo
Artist Film Night. The Stuart Hall Project
John Akomfrah’s sweeping and majestic film THE STUART HALL PROJECT takes the viewer on a roller coaster ride through the upheavals, struggles and turning points that made the 20th century the century of campaigning, and of global political and cultural change.Info
Open Late. CoCAcabana Bar
Workshop. Re:ACTIVATE Public Art Development Workshop
Competition. Share your Precarious Moment
Lane Neave & CoCA Competition
13th April – 8th MayInfo
Panel Discussion. Balancing The Arts Ecology of Christchurch
Workshop. Saturday Children’s Workshops
Artist Talk. Regan Gentry and Peter Trevelyan
Auction. CoCA Collection Auction
As a contemporary art gallery, CoCA’s focus is now on the commissioning and exhibiting of new work by contemporary artists. This auction will be the last opportunity to purchase works by leading NZ artists which have been held in the CoCA collection.Info
Tour. Curator’s Lunch Time Tour
Tour. Daily tours of Precarious Balance
Tour. For the Love of Art (all day)
Film. Artist Film: So Sorry, Ai Weiwei
Talk. John Ward Knox and Sophie Bannan
Film. A balancing act of international artist films
Talk. CoCA in Balance - Curator and Director's Talk