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Wednesday, November 26, 2014

Visions of Peace - two significant exhibitions.



Visions of Peace, The H.W. Youren Collection and the Art of Chinese Soft Diplomacy
Exhibition now on in Matariki Building, first floor
21 November-4 December

This exhibition presents a part of the collection of Chinese art from the H W Youren Collection, from MTG Hawke’s Bay, representing one man’s attempt to use art to promote communist China in post-war New Zealand. Bill Youren (1910-1983) was a tireless campaigner for world peace, nuclear disarmament and social justice. In 1950s and 60s China, he witnessed events seminal in the history of the foundation of the People’s Republic. Alongside public talks and published writings, he attempted to use art to present an alternative image of China to that offered by government and the mainstream press. This exhibition, and book of the same name, celebrates his life and the collection of Chinese art he amassed to promote New China to New Zealand.

Visions of Peace is supported by MTG Hawkes Bay, Tai Ahuriri and the University of Canterbury’s Confucius Institute.

Exhibition developed by Dr James Beattie (University of Waikato) and Dr Richard Bullen (UC Art History and Theory)


Puaka James Hight Display Case Exhibition

We are currently displaying a selection of books from the Macmillan Brown Heritage Collections intended to tie-in to the ‘Visions of Peace’ exhibition in the Matariki Building. Our selection includes both published and unpublished material, as well as first hand and secondary accounts of journeys to China by foreign visitors. The objects presented explore ideas of cultural exchange, host and visitor relations, and the documentation of difference over a period spanning 500 years.

Monday, November 24, 2014

Image of the Week: 24th November - 30th November 2014

MB118, John Macmillan Brown collection, Reference number 12553, A Samoan girl in Fiji, Macmillan Brown Library, University of Canterbury.

How great is the headdress this absolutely beautiful Samoan girl is wearing? We chose this to be this week's image to highlight the official launch of the UC Pasifika Strategy this Thursday evening (27th of November). Appropriately, the image comes from the John Macmillan Brown Collection who's interest in the Pacific led to the development of the Macmillan Brown Centre for Pacific Studies. Take a look at Kā Kohika for lots more images of the Pacific's past.

Image Credit: MB118, John Macmillan Brown collection, Reference number 12553, A Samoan girl in Fiji, Macmillan Brown Library, University of Canterbury.

Thursday, November 13, 2014

Library Summer School Hours 2014/2015

All libraries, except the Education Library, changed to summer hours on Saturday, 15th November.

The Education Library moves to summer hours on Saturday, 29th November.

Please check the Library Summer Hours page for opening times.

Friday, March 22, 2013

Please don't leave your personal belongings unattended in the Library

in particular laptops, cellphones, wallets and backpacks. Unattended belongings attract thieves, and while many believe the risk to be small, it is real and such a loss can be devastating. Even for short trips to the copier, printer, or toilets, take them with you or have a friend sitting next to you watch them while you're gone. The library is not responsible for the loss of personal belongings.