Take an introductory dive into this new exhibition with lead curator Felicity Milburn.

In art, absence implies loss, exclusion, transformation and more – it’s the unspoken subject in some of the Gallery’s most intriguing works. This selection from the collection presents well-known paintings by renowned Aotearoa New Zealand artists such as Rita Angus, Ralph Hotere, Colin McCahon and Petrus van der Velden alongside an array of more recent works by Claudia Kogachi, Dane Mitchell, Kazu Nakagawa and Conor Clarke. Ranging across a wide spectrum that includes the mournful and the mischievous, the monumental and the hardly-there-at-all, Absence invites viewers to fill in the gaps.

Meet in the exhibition


  • Philip Carter Family Auditorium


  • Free


  • Sat 06 May


  • 1:00 pm — 2:00 pm


  • Montreal Street
  • Ōtautahi Christchurch, 8140