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Exchange Christchurch - Artists Showcasing Art and Sharing It.

 
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Date:

Sun 3 Apr 2022, 11:26 am

Venue:

Exchange Christchurch
376 Wilsons Road Monday to Friday 7am – 10pm
Christchurch

Date:

Mon 4 Apr 2022, 11:26 am

Venue:

Exchange Christchurch
376 Wilsons Road Monday to Friday 7am – 10pm
Christchurch

Date:

Tue 5 Apr 2022, 11:26 am

Venue:

Exchange Christchurch
376 Wilsons Road Monday to Friday 7am – 10pm
Christchurch

Date:

Wed 6 Apr 2022, 11:26 am

Venue:

Exchange Christchurch
376 Wilsons Road Monday to Friday 7am – 10pm
Christchurch

Date:

Thu 7 Apr 2022, 11:26 am

Venue:

Exchange Christchurch
376 Wilsons Road Monday to Friday 7am – 10pm
Christchurch

Date:

Fri 8 Apr 2022, 11:26 am

Venue:

Exchange Christchurch
376 Wilsons Road Monday to Friday 7am – 10pm
Christchurch

Date:

Sat 9 Apr 2022, 11:26 am

Venue:

Exchange Christchurch
376 Wilsons Road Monday to Friday 7am – 10pm
Christchurch

Category:

Arts Culture, Visual Arts, Arts Cause Event, Performing Arts,

Accessibility:

Wheelchair access, Accessible toilets

Cost:

Free

Website or Reg:

Listed By:

Warren Feeney

Event Contact:

Exchange Christchurch has been a significant player at the centre of the arts in Ōtautahi Christchurch for the past five years.  Located on the edge of the city at 376 Wilsons Road, it encompasses studios, performance and exhibition spaces, a café, bar and accommodation facilities.   

Director and operator for the past three years, Preston Hegel says they are now looking to relocate, creating a new space in the central city.   The decision is the outcome of Exchange’s determined support for the creative industries in Ōtautahi in their numerous forms and incarnations.  ‘We offer affordable spaces to artists and a lot of arts projects that started here, have spiralled into the city.’

Hegel maintains that alongside its current facilities there is an ambition to create a larger, more diverse space in the city that encourages new opportunities.”  ‘It might be a hospitality venue or restaurant with unique events.  Everybody who comes in will experience a performance or show organised with music.  It will be a multi-sensory experience.’

Preston is from Asheville in North Carolina and describes himself as a social entrepreneur, arts administrator and community worker who moved to Christchurch seeking a project that would bring the diversity of his experiences into practice. 

Exchange was established within the post-earthquake spirit of Gap Filler, Life in Vacant Spaces, The Social and FESTA.  Formed as a charitable trust in 2013, it spent two years finding the right location and its Wilson Road premises have the right balance of spaces for artists, an industrial space, the kind  in which artists in cities frequently find affordable spaces and freedom to experiment.

The model for Exchange has its origins in Berlin, conceived by young architect, Uwe Rieger,who created a space for experimental art and architecture in 1991, later introducing the model to Auckland and Christchurch.

Hegel describes its resources for creative practitioners as; ‘a maker-space, showcase space, accommodation, and a cafe/bar, that nurtures development, diversity, collaboration, the casual exchange of ideas, all building a community that happens as a result of our spaces being open and close to one another.’

‘Exchange is based on the philosophy of taking a creative practitioner through the steps needed to develop their practice and enterprise; producing work, showcasing it, and sharing it all in one space.’  We have everything from Street artists and muralists, film makers, fashion designers, ceramic artists and painters.  Many of our artists are coming out of study and want to keep that momentum going.  When you leave a university or a polytechnic, you leave your community.  You lose your studio space and the ability to get feedback from others.’

‘You could say we are an incubator. It is in our agreement with artists that they begin here and then go to their next step.  Others have moved to inner-city spaces like Salt Lane Studio.  We are an entry point for people into the creative industries and the length of stays varies.  Some artists have been here longer than I have.  Some come in for just a month - it’s about what’s useful for them at the time.’

‘Street artist Jacob Root was 17 when I met him.  The first thing he did at the Exchange was respond to a call-out for artists for a garage-door mural.  He said that it was the first time he had been given a canvas that size.  That was his entry point.  Then he came back a few months later and had his first exhibition and it almost sold out.  Then he organised a show of 11 artists, raising money for the Mental Health Foundation. We subsidised both of his shows.  We want to support artists like him, and that caused him to come back.  That is the nature of Exchange.’

‘Working with like-minded people is a positive environment to work in.   That is really the key to our success.  Our point isn’t just to create world-class artists.  There are a couple of fronts that we excel at that are kind of invisible.  Many people that come through have an experience they will never forget or that they learn from.  Isn’t that the value of art? That’s really walking the talk of being comfortable with failure.  Most people want to fail privately and then get really good and expose their work.  We are really about celebrating that we are all in a transition and growing every day.  This environment has taken people who lacked confidence, giving them confidence to pursue their creative practice and career as they want.’

‘Exchange’s income for its operations is sourced through a variety of streams, hiring our spaces, the café/bar, and its monthly memberships.  Exchange also increasingly acts as an agency for its artists.  People come to us, saying they are starting a business and they need a graphic designer, a web designer, a mural artist or a fashion designer.  Who should I talk to?  They are all working here, so we can help them.’

‘Exchange is really just a landlord for creative entrepreneurs.  We hire out the studios based on the size they need on a month-by-month basis and the venue for public, private or corporate events by night.  The exhibition walls are hired by the week, and the kitchen is hired to a chef or café operator.  We also hire out residency apartments upstairs at a rate that some can afford, allowing us to subsidise or lower rates for visiting artists.  When people come to an event and buy a beer or wine that goes into cost recovery.  We also have a membership structure with patrons pay as little as $5 or $10 per month.’

Hegel is currently looking at crowd-funding as one of a number of ways to raise the necessary funds to relocate to the city centre.  ‘We are committed to being in the city, it feels like a missing part of its identity, and it might take funding, donations, and crowd-funding to get there. We are also hoping that businesses in the city or the Canterbury region would like to be associated with us in-kind.  It might be accounting, legal work, or property and construction work.’

‘We are looking at two dominant options right now.  One is a building in Sol Square and we are working on a proposal.  The second option is in The Arts Centre Te Matatiki Toi Ora.  Feeding into them or operating in the Arts Centre in some other way.  We are both trying to achieve the same thing and our ambition is to work closely with them, whatever that means.’

Exchange Christchurch

376 Wilsons Road, Waltham

Monday to Friday 7am – 10pm


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Event Dates

Exchange Christchurch
Christchurch
376 Wilsons Road Monday to Friday 7am – 10pm
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Date:

Sun 3 Apr 2022, 11:26 am

Until:

Sun 3 Mar 2024, 12:00 am

Cost:

Free

Exchange Christchurch
Christchurch
376 Wilsons Road Monday to Friday 7am – 10pm
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Date:

Mon 4 Apr 2022, 11:26 am

Until:

Mon 4 Mar 2024, 12:00 am

Cost:

Free

Exchange Christchurch
Christchurch
376 Wilsons Road Monday to Friday 7am – 10pm
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Date:

Tue 5 Apr 2022, 11:26 am

Until:

Tue 5 Mar 2024, 12:00 am

Cost:

Free

Exchange Christchurch
Christchurch
376 Wilsons Road Monday to Friday 7am – 10pm
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Date:

Wed 6 Apr 2022, 11:26 am

Until:

Wed 6 Mar 2024, 12:00 am

Cost:

Free

Exchange Christchurch
Christchurch
376 Wilsons Road Monday to Friday 7am – 10pm
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Date:

Thu 7 Apr 2022, 11:26 am

Until:

Thu 7 Mar 2024, 12:00 am

Cost:

Free

Exchange Christchurch
Christchurch
376 Wilsons Road Monday to Friday 7am – 10pm
View on map

Date:

Fri 8 Apr 2022, 11:26 am

Until:

Fri 8 Mar 2024, 12:00 am

Cost:

Free

Exchange Christchurch
Christchurch
376 Wilsons Road Monday to Friday 7am – 10pm
View on map

Date:

Sat 9 Apr 2022, 11:26 am

Until:

Sat 9 Mar 2024, 12:00 am

Cost:

Free

 
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