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Art exhibition promotes tolerance and love in light of terror attacks

Antoinette Spicer

A Christchurch art gallery has gifted its walls to Cantabrians to write messages of love in response to last month's mosque shootings.

The Christchurch’s Centre of Contemporary Art (CoCA) opened the Love Lives Here Exhibition on March 29.

The words “Love Lives Here” have been imprinted on the back wall, setting the tone for people to add their own words.  

Spokesperson Natalie Bascand said the exhibition was slowly gaining traction among the public with the walls slowly filling with beautiful messages.

She said the intention of the exhibition was to aid people's healing process and influence them to learn about other cultures.

“By having a space which everyone can come and engage in those sorts of conversations we are hoping to integrate and not brush over important conversations for change,” Bascand said.

She said the gallery would document the messages and repaint the walls when the exhibition closes on June 2.