School of Fine Arts exhibitions

Fine Arts gallery

The School of Fine Arts provides a range of public spaces for the University of Canterbury to stage a diverse range of arts and cultural programmes through exhibitions, performances and events for the promotion, education and enjoyment of the arts by the university and the wider Canterbury communities.

Ilam Campus Gallery

The Ilam Campus Gallery is open 9am-4pm Monday-Friday and can be found in Block Two, School of Fine Arts.

The Casting Room + Ir2 Gallery

The Casting Room, our student exhibition space, is located in Block Three, School of Fine Arts.

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Current and Upcoming exhibitions

Katrina Beekhuis

Ilam Campus Gallery, Block 2, School of Fine Arts, 10 October - 2 November 2018

Opening at 5pm, Tuesday 9 October / Artist talk 12:30pm  Thursday 11 October

Katrina Beekhuis - Pensieri - main image
Research image, Hanging shirt, 2018.

Beekhuis’s practice is inter-disciplinary working across media, softening boundaries between sculpture, painting, printmaking and design. This exhibition continues her investigation into the revealing and concealing nature of perception.

The title, Pensieri, is borrowed from 18th century sculptor Joseph Nollekens who referred to the small figures he moulded from clay as Pensieri, or ‘thoughts’. Historically viewed as intermediary to larger scale works, Noellekens saw these figures as things in their own right, existing in this pensive state, as an accumulation of moments or the physical form of a conceived thought.

Like the initial stages of a thought, which tend to be fragile and amorphous, each work, although modelled off objects from daily life, seeks to disrupt usual processes of perception. In this inflection, objects gather agency and lead to one of encounter rather than automatic recognition.

Katrina Beekhuis was born in 1984 in Christchurch, New Zealand. She received a BFA from Ilam SoFA (2005) and an MFA from Elam SoFA (2015). In 2015, she was awarded the Iris Fisher Scholarship by Te Tuhi Centre for The Arts and in 2017, was the recipient of the International artist’s residency at Gasworks in Vauxhall, London. Recent exhibitions include Mirror Grain, Objectspace, Auckland (2018); Things i know, Open studios Gasworks, London (2017); Potters pink, Te Tuhi Centre For The Arts, Auckland (2016); grammars, Dunedin Public Art Gallery, Dunedin (2016); Soft Architecture, Malcolm Smith Gallery, Howick (2016); Movement toward and away, Elam School of Fine Arts, The University of Auckland (2015). She lives and works in Auckland, New Zealand.

Visit our archives for images of previous exhibitions from the Ilam Campus Gallery, and The Casting Room + Ir2 galleries. 


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