The UC Teece Museum is proud to present this free public talk by Christchurch Art Gallery curator Ken Hall.

Antipodes Academy? Trailing the influence of classical art on Aotearoa New Zealand art and artists

The art of the ancient classical world has had an expansive ongoing impact on the visual arts in Aotearoa New Zealand, from late nineteenth century architecture and art school training models, to the work of contemporary artists working on an international stage. Many artists, Māori and Pākehā, have found starting points in the arts of the ancient Mediterranean – as well as from later classical-inspired art historical periods – finding in them a kind of visual lingua franca from which to communicate and perform. In identifying the empirical roots and idealising expectations associated with these classicising models, Ken Hall also identifies moments of rejection and repurposing, as well as critique and challenge.

Ken is a curator at Christchurch Art Gallery Te Puna o Waiwhetū, and has a broad background in the visual arts that includes working as a designer and teacher before completing Fine Arts (Painting Honours) and Art History studies at the University of Canterbury’s Ilam School of Fine Arts. Ken began at Christchurch Art Gallery Te Puna o Waiwhetū in 2003 as curatorial assistant in historical art. One of his recent exhibitions was As Time Unfolds (2020–21), exploring the enduring motif of folds in works of art from the ancient to the contemporary.

FREE entry, but seats are limited so PLEASE register to attend.

WHEN: Thursday 15 April, 7pm

WHERE: Teece Museum, UC Arts city location, 3 Hereford St

Museum doors will be open from 6.30pm

This event is part of a series of free short-format public talks for 2021. For more information on our 2021 events, sign up to the Museum newsletter online at

Image: Jude Rae, Clérambault’s Dream, 1994. Oil on canvas. Collection of Christchurch Art Gallery Te Puna o Waiwhetū, purchased 1995