Russell Clark, Beach Figure I, 1963, collection of Christchurch Art Gallery Te Puna o Waiwhetū
Lead curator at the Christchurch Art Gallery Te Puna o Waiwhetū, Felicity Milburn, reflects on the merits of the public gallery's permanent collection.
'There are so many ways of creating exhibitions and I think we have consistently been very open about that. For the current group show from the collection, Turn, Turn, Turn: A Year in Art, there are two things that connect the works in that exhibition. One is the seasonal focus and the second is that they are all from the gallery’s collection and the gallery’s collection is diverse.'
Turn, Turn, Turn is a group exhibition that takes Summer, Autumn, Winter and Spring as its subject and features many works that have only occasionally been seen. A highlight is Russell Clark’s Beach Figure 1, 1963, a large sculpture nearly 2 metres high and 2 metres wide, inspired by a figure he saw on a visit to New Brighton beach.