Earthquake Insurance Money to Fund New Christchurch Art Museum
A new $13 million art museum is planned for central Christchurch. Canterbury Museum and the Ravenscar Trust have released a proposal for New Zealand's first contemporary house museum to display one of the country's most prestigious art collections.
The funds for the new-build are coming from insurance monies paid out for damage to a home in Christchurch as a result of the 2011 earthquakes.
The museum will house the Wakefield Family's personal art collection, regarded as one of New Zealand's most significant private art, sculpture and designer furniture collections. They feature significant paintings by leading artists such as Frances Hodgkins, Rita Angus and Colin McCahon.
The preferred location for the museum, on the corner of Rolleston Ave and Worcester Blvd in central Christchurch, is currently being used as a car park. The Christchurch City Council will consult the public about gifting the land to the Ravenscar Trust in perpetuity.
The building has been designed by award-winning architect Andrew Patterson, and together with the scale and landscaping, is sympathetic to the surrounding two and three-storey heritage buildings.
Museum Director, Anthony Wright says that the Wakefields’ extraordinary generosity will create a development of national significance which will enrich the cultural life of the city and complement other visitor attractions in the Cultural Precinct.
Subject to the outcome of the consultation, obtaining resource consent and confirmation of project costs, construction is expected to start next year with the building opening to the public in 2018.
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