College Art Collection Admired

College House played host to Friends of the Christchurch Art Gallery on Wednesday 12 April. They came for a guided tour of the Alex Baird Collection of Contemporary Art.

 They came because, in the Friends own words, the collection is "rich with major works" and those who took the tour seemed to agree. Many were envious of CH students and staff living and working surrounded such super artworks. The words of Alex Baird rang true:

"We want to enrich the environment for those who live in, or pass through, the buildings. At the same time, we aim to create an awareness of the place of art, that art is more than just the icing on the cake".

The guides were Lydia Baxendale, art collection curator from the University of Canterbury and Grant Banbury, an art consultant from whose gallery several of the pieces had once been acquired. Both of the guides had the advantage of knowing personally many of the artists and were able to give their unique insights.

The tour was organised by Leigh Rogers, wife of alumnus Roger Armstrong ('78) and mother of a fresher, George Armstrong. If anyone reading this would like to arrange a tour, please contact John Godfrey on +64 3 364 2001 by email to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

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