CH alumna, Winnie Whyte's pieces were among the artworks installed at the Christchurch Arts Centre for the first time since the Canterbury quakes.  Senior sculpture students from the Ilam School of Fine Arts were featured in an exhibition  in the Arts Centre’s north and south quads from 8 - 11 June 

Organised by third and fourth year UC Fine Arts students, the Sculpture department’s 25th annual exhibition, Whakahoki ki ō maunga – Return to your ancestral mountain, featured a diverse range of artworks from 12 artists. The exhibition’s theme acknowledged the return of creative arts to the Arts Centre.

The Arts Centre once the University’s original campus was later home to gallery spaces and other arts activities. Since being severely damaged by the Canterbury earthquakes of 2010-11, the buildings have undergone extensive repair and refurbishment. They are now being re-established as a central city hub for arts and entertainment.In bringing together Whakahoki, the individual artists have considered the idea of the return of creative arts to the Arts Centre in various ways. They have made work reflecting on Māori, colonial, personal and scientific histories, the architecture, the landscape and memories.

Whakahoki is about capturing this re-engagement with our city and the return of a significant arts and cultural space,” says one of the artists. Whakahoki artists were Maia Abraham, Monique Berard, Caitlin Clarke, Alex Driscoll, Charlotte Filipov, Giselle Fortune, Phoebe Hinchliff, Donna-Marie Patterson,
Katie Russell, Hannah Shadwell, Winnie Whyte, and Georgia Willetts.

 Winnie Whyte tryptich

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