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Christchurch Art Gallery

The Christchurch Art Gallery/Te Puna o Waiwhetu opened in 2003, replacing the Robert McDougall Art Gallery, which had housed the city’s collection since 1932. The small size of the McDougall gallery had restricted the scale of exhibitions that could be shown, whereas the new gallery complex is the largest in the South Island, featuring two floors of exhibition space, educational activity areas, an auditorium and a sculpture garden. The foundations of the gallery suffered in the February 2011 earthquake and it was closed with reopening due in late 2015.

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Christchurch Art Gallery - Te Puna o Waiwhetu
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Nancy Swarbrick, 'Creative life - Visual arts and crafts', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 21 May 2022)

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