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Producer: Lorraine North M.A (Hons); BA

Videographer: Daniel Tobin

Web design: Those Guys web development

Music: Fiona Pears, violin
Mike Ferrar, guitar

ARTiculate is a project of Canterbury Arts and Heritage Trust, funded by Canterbury Community Trust.

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Our sincere thanks to all participating artists and those who have assisted with the project.

July 22, 2011

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The clocktower of the quake-damaged Arts Centre in Christchurch, July 21, 2011.

Project Overview

The ARTiculate website is a documentary project produced by the Canterbury Arts and Heritage Trust to support local artists in the aftermath of the devastating earthquakes of September 4 and December 25 2010 , and February 22 and June 13 2011.

It comprises a series of filmed profiles of artists living and working in the Canterbury region, and an on-line gallery of work made by Canterbury artists as a direct response to the earthquakes.

In the video profiles ten artists talk about their personal experiences since September 2010 and the many ways in which their lives and work have been affected by the earthquakes. Most have lost works, resources and studios; some have lost their homes and tragically also loved ones. Exhibition opportunities have disappeared with the galleries and since March 2011 more than 180 local exhibitions have been cancelled – how do these Canterbury artists see their future?

As in any other sector of the community interviewed artists have exhibited a wide variety of responses. Some have said they feel all their work will now in some way be informed by their earthquake experiences; others have continued with existing projects without particular reference to the earthquakes, pleased to be able to put their energy into work already begun; and some have responded by directly engaging with their earthquake experiences through their work.   

Consequently, not all interviewed artists have their works in the gallery; nor are all gallery works accompanied with interviews. However, we regard ARTiculate  as a work in progress and aim to continue adding interviews and works as funds allow.

We invite artists to submit works for the gallery

There is a selection process but the aim is to be as inclusive as possible. Please send images to be considered as 400kb to 1mb files along with a cv to Those Guys web development

A longer term aim of the project is to explore the possibilities of connecting Canterbury artists with others around the world who have also experienced devastating earthquakes. We hope to make contact eventually with Japanese artists from Sendai in the Miyagi Prefecture, as well as artists from Chile and Los Angeles.  

However, our immediate focus remains with artists in Canterbury. We look forward to working with more local artists on this project and thank the contributors warmly for agreeing to participate in ARTiculate. Please do not hesitate to contact with any enquiries.

Lorraine North
Chair, Canterbury Arts and Heritage Trust
July 2011