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Cityscape checks out the city’s gallery spaces, including exhibitions on in April and beyond.

Centre of Contemporary Art (CoCA) 

The Centre of Contemporary Art (or CoCA to its friends) at 66 Gloucester Street has always got something interesting up its sleeve; their Autumn exhibition sees the first large scale exhibition of wildly popular British artist David Shrigley in New Zealand. Dubbed Lose Your Mind, the exhibition runs to May 27. CoCA is also regular host to a range of artistic events – find out more at their website.

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David Shrigley, Ostrich, 2009 at CoCA, Christchurch, New Zealand, March 2017 © David Shrigley, Courtesy CoCA and British Council. Photo by Janneth Gil

Christchurch Art Gallery As the city’s artistic hub, the Christchurch Art Gallery is always running multiple exhibitions to fascinate, intrigue and inspire. Highlights in the gallery’s current rotating exhibition programme include Francis Upritchard’s Jealous Saboteurs (to July 16), Beneath the Range, focussing on mid-20th century artists depicting people working the land (to October 23), and the colonial-era portraits collection He Waka Eke Noa (through to February 18, 2018), but there’s always plenty more to see, including the gallery’s spectacular ongoing exhibitions, and a robust events programme.

The Central (pictured top)

Exciting new entry The Central is a contemporary gallery and art space housed in The Art Centre’s 100-year-old Library, and connects artists with the community by showcasing established contemporary New Zealand artists and aspiring artists of the future. Opening exhibition The Return (to April 3) features well-regarded Kiwi artists and is followed by Simon Edwards (in April) and Elizabeth Thomson (in May).

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Simon Edwards, Slant of Light (detail), Oil on Aluminium, 2017, at The Central

The Physics Room

At contemporary art space The Physics Room (209 Tuam Street) is showing a mini-retrospective of Portugal-based New Zealand artist Reuben Moss. entitled Monuments and other reminders, until the 30th of April; after this it will be Auckland-based cinematic artist Nova Paul’s Surplus Reality in the North gallery and Hannah Beehre’s (recent Artist in Residence at Scott Base, Antarctica) Westerlund 2 in the South from May 6 to the June 11.

Jonathan Smart Gallery

Long-operating Jonathan Smart Gallery has been showcasing contemporary New Zealand art since 1987 .Exhibitions of works from Chris Heaphy and Peter Peryer feature in April/May, while Kirsten Hollis will be showcased in May/June; further exhibitions roll out throughout the year.

Bryce Gallery Riccarton’s Bryce Gallery is a gallery run by and for artists presenting a refined selection of for-sale artworks (including paintings, prints, sculpture, glass and more) and exhibitions in the relaxed environment of a former show home that helps to give you a good idea of what that piece you’ve fallen in love with might look like at your place! Arter Limits Bryce Gallery

Adrienne Pavelka, Tekapo Area, at Bryce Gallery

Form Gallery

Another fixture on the city’s art scene is Form Gallery, which focuses on the exhibition and retail of New Zealand object art. Check out ceramic work by Katie Gold and Owen Bartlett in By the sea, On the sea, In the sea to April 25.

PG Gallery

PG gallery 192 on Bealey Avenue (192, unsurprisingly) is a dealer gallery representing top contemporary New Zealand artists. On show are paintings by James Robinson in Rock Action to April 28 before drawings and sculpture by Samuel Harrison in May.

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