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Whole House Reuse


Wed 19 Aug 2015, 9:00am–5:00pm
Thu 20 Aug 2015, 9:00am–5:00pm
Fri 21 Aug 2015, 9:00am–5:00pm
Sat 22 Aug 2015, 9:00am–5:00pm
Sun 23 Aug 2015, 9:00am–5:00pm

Where: Canterbury Museum, Rolleston Ave, Christchurch

Restrictions: All Ages

Ticket Information:

  • Admission: Free

Listed by: Canterbury Museum

The unique challenge of reusing an entire house to save it from waste has formed the basis for a new and inspiring exhibition called Whole House Reuse.

The project involved reusing every single piece of 19 Admirals Way – a 1920’s weatherboard home in New Brighton, Christchurch - which was scheduled for demolition in 2013. Since then, over 250 people from around New Zealand and the world have invented ways of reusing these resources and the result is a huge collection of objects from a delicately carved taonga puoro (flute) by master carver Brian Flintoff, to a finely crafted backyard studio by artist Nic Moon and architectural designer Lyn Russell.

This exhibition showcases original works by some of the country’s finest designers and craftspeople and it also includes works by school children, retired experts, community organisations like Kilmarnock Enterprises, and students of various arts and crafts. From fine jewellery and cutlery to furniture and toys, the reused materials have taken on a new life in the form of nearly 400 objects. The project was the brainchild of Rekindle - a social enterprise that seeks to bring about creativity and positive change in the way resources are valued. They aim to change the way waste is viewed and managed, especially when the creativity and social impact of this process is valued. This exhibition not only demonstrates the scale of waste occurring and the value of these materials, but also celebrates the power of design and craft as tools to address, and benefit from, wasted resources.

Whole House Reuse opens on Friday 5 June 2015 in the Special Exhibition Gallery of Canterbury Museum and runs to 23 August 2015. It is presented in association with Rekindle, who gratefully acknowledge funding assistance from Creative New Zealand. Around 200 of the art and objects from this exhibition will be auctioned for charity on 24 August 2015 at the Isaac Theatre Royal .

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