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Kiwi creatives team up for first online-only art exhibit

Asha Abdi
Christchurch Art Gallery Te Puna o Waiwhetū
Christchurch Art Gallery Te Puna o Waiwhetū.  Flickr

Christchurch Art Gallery Te Puna o Waiwhetū has teamed up with dozens of Kiwi artists to launch an online-only exhibition.

The Spheres exhibition is an online Video Project running for the next six months with a moving image work by a different artist for the first 12 days.

Some of the works were created specifically for the series and have yet to be seen by the public.

The innovative exhibit can be found here.

The Kiwi artists involved in the project include Christchurch cinematographer John Chrisstoffels, Xin Cheng, Ronnie van Hout, Matavai Taulangau, and Nova Paul.

The Gallery will remain closed under alert level three. 

Director, Blair Jackson, said staff were continuing to find new and innovative ways to keep the public engaged with art.

"We don’t want people to feel cut off from the creative, imaginative world, because this is probably a time when people need it most,'' Jackson said.

The artists will share something from their bubbles, or "spheres" in this case. 

“These videos are a commentary on and response to the strange situation we find ourselves in, with social distancing and being more enclosed in the domestic or personal environment,” Jackson said.

“The artists have tapped into issues that matter to all of us – the environment, consumerism, and the importance of preserving cultural knowledge.''

Ronnie van Hout has already shared his take on the 1980s classic The Breakfast Club.