Content Archived on the Web

This content has not been altered or updated since it was archived. Please check our menus for latest news items.

Last modified: 04 Nov 2022 10:15am

Selwyn Art Series 2022

An impressive array of artworks, art history and creativity will be celebrated in Selwyn from 4 November, as part of the district’s annual Art Series.

The Series will feature exhibition tours, workshops, art history presentations, and a behind-the-scenes look at what goes into maintaining Lincoln University’s enviable collection of New Zealand artworks.

The Series will begin with a tour of Pahū exhibition on Friday 4 November at Te Ara Ātea, where the works of New Zealand artists Judy Darragh, Janna van Hasselt, Turumeke Harrington, Miranda Parkes and Clara Wells are on display.

Exhibition curator Chloe Cull says the tours are an opportunity for people to learn more about the incredible artworks which were made especially for Te Ara Ātea.

“Clara Wells’ projection ‘The Search and the Return’ in particular is quite appealing to visitors as they love the moving elements. It’s quite extraordinary at different times of the day when you see the colours coming through.”

The Series will feature an insightful art history talk on Springfield-born writer, Rewi Alley, by University of Canterbury Associate Professor, Richard Bullen focussing on Rewi’s special relationship with Selwyn’s Sister City, Shandan County, and his Chinese art collection.

Two hands-on workshops will be hosted on how to make your own flip book animation, and the joys of still life watercolour painting.

Aspiring artists will have the chance to learn the best ways of writing about their work for funding proposals, and how to receive feedback or engage with criticism, thanks to curator and arts advisor Jamie Hanton.

“I’d really encourage local artists to attend Jamie’s presentation. You’ll learn some tips and tricks for talking and writing about your work, and have an opportunity to engage with others in the Selwyn arts community,” Chloe says.

To end the Series, bespoke shoemaker Louise Ayling will visit Te Ara Ātea on 8 December to share how she has combined shoemaking and photography to create powerful pieces.

Bookings are essential for many of the Selwyn Art Series events. To learn more and to book, visit