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Art Pops Up

Always on the lookout for ways to promote and enhance the art scene in Christchurch, SCAPE Public Art, along with local artist and philanthropist Heather Brown (pictured below), have opened the Studio 125 Gallery pop-up art space in Merivale for a month from March 16 to April 13.

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Heather’s own studio, the iconic blue villa on Aikmans Road (opposite the Merivale Mall car park) has been transformed a contemporary art gallery for a month – the first of its kind in Merivale – showcasing an eclectic selection of works and exhibits from a wide range of Christchurch and New Zealand artists that includes Anneke Stewart, Ariana Kutia, David McCracken, Fayne Robinson, Fiona Jack, George Lewis, Gill Gatfield, Greer Twiss, Heather Brown, Holly Best, Janna van Hasselt, Judy Darragh, Julia Morison, Mark Catley, Mischa Kuball, Nathan Pohio, Neil Dawson, Peter Atkins, Phil Price, Rachael Dewhirst, Sam Harrison, Sarah Greig and Virginia King.

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Heather says her hope is to make people feel 'at home' in art environments.

“By opening my studio as a gallery I hope to develop a closer connection and relationship between artists, galleries, art organisations and the public. I would like people to feel welcomed and relaxed to experience and enjoy a wide range of excellent artwork.”

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Deborah McCormick, Director of SCAPE Public Art, describes Studio 125 Gallery as an exciting new location to exhibit an excellent collection of New Zealand art.

“Studio 125 Gallery offers an eclectic selection including original sculptures, paintings, photographs, ceramics and limited editions that places art at the heart of Merivale, sparking the imagination of locals. A new way of supporting public art in a positive way.”

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You can drop in to browse, be inspired and maybe even take something home at 125 Aikmans Road on Thursdays from 3pm – 5pm and Fridays and Saturdays from 10am – 4pm.

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