Ruataniwha Kaiapoi Civic Centre

From Libraries – Phillippa Ashbey
Awards Nomination – The Ruataniwha Kaiapoi Civic Centre is receiving a steady number of visitors and a great deal of positive feedback. The building, itself, has been nominated for a Canterbury Institute of Architects Award and a national judging panel toured the building yesterday as part of the awards process.

Art on the Quay – The next exhibition at Art On The Quay is a collection of artworks owned by members of the Kaiapoi community.Members of the community have been asked to lend a favourite work of art for the month of April. 30 works will be on display. And, in a great new initiative, an Art On The Quay website has been launched. See:
Chamber Gallery – Rangiora Library visitors are enjoying “The Journey”, an exhibition of painting by Padi Nistala-James. The artist was born in Vizag, India, has travelled widely and is now resident in the Waimakariri District. This vibrant show will run until 23 April 2015.
Kaiapoi Library –11,393 books were borrowed from the new Kaiapoi Library in February (The first full month of operation after opening on 17 January 2015). By comparison, the average monthly issues at the Temporary Library had been running at 5,642.

The Kaiapoi Art Expo

The Kaiapoi Art Expo is a 2-day exhibition of Waimakariri Art to be held Saturday 11 and Sunday 12 July 2015 at the Kaiapoi Club, Raven Quay. All disciplines of art are welcome.

More information about the Expo can be found by visiting

Applications are now open to exhbiit and attached is an application form.

We look forward to receiving your application.

Many thanks

Theresa Smith (Stevens)
Kaiapoi Art Expo Coordinator

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Art On The Quay opens its first exhibition

@Mary Kelleher artist talks to admirers

Over 100 artists and art supporters gathered on Friday evening for the opening of Art On The Quay, Kaiapoi’s new art space.  Jackie Watson, exhibition co-ordinator, gave a special welcome to the Kaiapoi artists who have been agitating for a place to exhibit for some years now and praised the Waimakariri District Council for not just rebuilding what was lost in the earthquakes, but finding the room for the exhibition space in the Ruataniwha Kaiapoi Civic Centre.
Mayor David Ayers expressed his pleasure at seeing Kaiapoi getting back on its feet again, and Brian Hoult, chair of the Waimakariri Community Arts Council explained how Art On The Quay will provide the same service to the community as Rangiora’s Chamber Gallery although retaining its independence and developing its own character.
The final speaker was artist, Mary Kelleher, who said the title of the exhibition, A Stitch in Time, could be applied to the rebuild of Kaiapoi.
“A stitch in time is about the women of the great depression who made aprons out of sugar sacks with flair and care.
“ I hope you sense some of that spirit in my work, and it’s what I sense, when I see how Kaiapoi is mending itself with the flair and care that you see in this building.
“It’s about not letting circumstances take away your artistic inspiration.”
Kelleher’s exhibition is of six textile murals including The Mill is Kaiapoi.

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