As many of you know, the Brooke Gifford Gallery has been closed since 22 February 2011 when an earthquake measuring 6.3 struck Christchurch. Like many businesses, we have been prohibited from entering the restricted red zone area. Recently, we were granted controlled access into the cordon, and retrieved most of the artworks and archives from the Brooke Gifford Gallery. We have since stored them safely in a new temporary location.
At present, the gallery will conduct business on a limited basis through the website. After we have settled into the new space and catalogued the works, we will have private viewings for interested buyers. In time, we will re-launch the BGG website with an improved online display space for the works in stock. Viewings at BGG's new location are by appointment only; please call Stephen Munro, who is acting on my behalf, on 03 366 5288.
Removing the works from the gallery was no easy task. Stephen and Anna had great help from Picture framer Ron Mottram, the Christchurch Art Gallery and a team headed by Curator Peter Vangioni and Projects Manager Neil Semple. We also wish to acknowledge the behind-the-scenes assistance from CAG's Director Jenny Harper, Arts Commentator Hamish Keith, Quentin MacFarlane, and Brendon Burns Christchurch Central Labour MP.
We hope you continue to support the Brooke Gifford Gallery and the artists we represent, many of whom are dealing with considerable loss to their studios and homes.
Christchurch Art Gallery blog post with photograph of art being rescued from BGG
Hamish Keith, Lost Art Christchurch http://lostartchch.org.nz
Ron Mottram, Picture Framer http://www.ronaldmottram.co.nz