Britomart highlights this week – Thursday 21 March to Thursday 28 March

Artwork for Christchurch / Resources to Help


This week, we stand with the Muslim community in the wake of the devastating attack against them, and tomorrow in Takutai Square we will join the rest of the country in two minutes of silence to remember the victims. To help express our sorrow and solidarity, we asked the young New Zealand Muslim artist and poet Sabah Rahman to create two illustrations (above, and below right) and a poem that speak to her sadness, hopes and fears. These works will be displayed on our Customs St East Works On Paper sites and on stands in Takutai Square, and we’ve made a donation to a charity of Sabah’s choice to thank her. Click through to read Sabah’s own words about her artworks.

To support the families of the victims of last Friday’s terrible attack, Britomart and the Food Truck Collective will donate 100% of the proceeds from this week’s Food Truck Friday event in Takutai Square to the United for Christchurch appeal organised by the New Zealand Islamic Information Centre. How it works is simple: whatever you spend on lunch, we’ll donate the equivalent amount to the appeal.

If you feel like you need someone to talk to right now, you can call or text 1737 – New Zealand’s free national mental health assistance line – at any time to talk to a trained counsellor. We’ve also put together a page of resources for anyone wanting to donate in support of the families of victims, Muslim organisations to offer help to, and mental health support. Click here.

There’s not much time for spinning your wheels when you work at Evo Cycles (well, metaphorically, anyway). Tahitian-born Kawehi Lehartel only started a couple of months ago, but working for New Zealand’s most exciting cycle company is already keeping him in high gear on the daily. We got the inside word on his regular dinner fix, and his two rather interesting potential future careers. Click here to read.

If the thought of adorable guide dog puppies being Very Good Dogs makes you clutch your fists to your cheeks in excitement, make sure you visit Takutai Square between 10am and 2pm this Friday 22 March. It’s the annual Red Puppy Appeal, so the Blind Foundation will be bringing some of their up-and-coming puppers to show off their guide dog training and solicit donations. 

Southern Cross wants you to take more time for yourself at lunchtime. So next Thursday 28 March, they’re hosting a Lunch Well Day of free wellness activities in Takutai Square – two 30-minute Les Mills Body Balance classes, free 15-minute Onzo bike rides, sandbag games and spot prizes from the ZM Thunder crew. There’ll also be Food Truck Collective street food trucks on site.

Coinciding with a full exhibition at Gow Langsford Gallery on Kitchener St, from today our Projectspace gallery will host a set of works by Māori artist John Walsh. Entitled Mercurial, the exhibition traverses “a fluid truth between myth and reality”, exploring John’s perspective of Te Ao Māori and how it intersects with Aotearoa New Zealand’s European history. The work pictured above is Whakapapatanga (2017), oil on canvas.

Next week, the annual Cinema Peroni returns to Takutai Square. Over three nights, guests will enjoy the award-winning Italian film Perfetti Sconosciuti (Perfect Strangers), Peroni Limone cocktails, a three-course meal created by Amano executive chef Andrew Hanson and complimentary Peroni Nastro Azzuro. We have three double passes to give away to this invite-only event. To win, go to @britomartnz and look for the Peroni post.

Last night was the launch of All Is For All, a fashion accessibility project led by 2017 Young New Zealander of the Year nominee Grace Stratton. Grace, a fashion fan who has used a wheelchair all her life, wants to make designer fashion more inclusive for the 15 percent of people who have an access need, by launching an online store that caters to those needs. Britomart local Zambesi will one of the first partners for the upcoming AIFA website.


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