Artists in the quake-ravaged city of Christchurch face many challenges, including the loss of studios, galleries and artists' quarters. However, a recent initiative by the CPIT Faculty of Creative Industries has introduced a ray of hope. The Faculty has designed and is about to construct a series of mobile art galleries and artists' studio modules that will function as moveable art precincts. Intended to be affordable, the 300 square metre spaces will be offered to artists at a weekly rental of $50.
Spokesperson for the Artbox project Martin Trusttum says the spaces interlocked and grouped will create the feeling of a gallery hub, not only proving venue and workspaces for artists but also taking the arts to all corners of the city.
Image: Cho Duck Hyun, Dark Water: The Antipodes Project, 2009, Princes Wharf, Auckland. Photographs courtesy of the artist