Ilam Campus Gallery

Ilam Campus Gallery


The Gallery

The Ilam School of Fine Arts at the University of Canterbury was founded in 1882 as the Canterbury College School of Art. The school was the first department to move to the suburban Ilam site in 1957. The Ilam School of Fine Arts, provides a range of public spaces for the University of Canterbury to stage a diverse range of arts and cultural programmes through exhibitions, performances and events for the promotion, education and enjoyment of the arts by the university and the wider Canterbury communities.

The Ilam Campus Gallery is the main exhibition space at the University of Canterbury and is open 9am to 4pm, Monday to Friday. It can be found in Block Two, at the Ilam School of Fine Arts, University of Canterbury.


Ground Water Mirror

Conor Clarke

Ilam Campus GALLERY  |  21 june - 19 july 2019


Current Exhibition

Ground Water Mirror

Conor Clarke

21 JUNE - 19 JULY

Ground Water Mirror is a body of work conceived of in Berlin, and expanded on during a residency in Whanganui between 2017 - 2018. The exhibition features a series of photographs shot on medium format analogue film that contribute to a wider project involving video and sound. 

Clarke is interested in attitudes towards nature that evolved during Romanticism and continue to dominate western ideology. She attempts to blur the false divide between nature and ourselves, depicting some of nature's most valued typologies like waterfalls and mountain peaks in often overlooked urban environments. Traditionally romanticised destinations become abstractions of the real world, where physical fact and inherited cultural associations combine to reflect that which we seek out, rather than that which is really there.

Conor Clarke (of Ngāi Tahu, Scottish and Welsh descent) grew up in rural South Auckland and has a Bachelor's degree in Fine Arts from Elam School of Fine Arts, University of Auckland. She has exhibited regularly throughout Aotearoa, using the medium of photography to explore ecology, colonialism, land use and landscape representation. Based in Berlin since 2009, Clarke has recently relocated to Otautahi, Christchurch to begin as Lecturer in Photography at Ilam School of Fine Arts, University of Canterbury. She is represented by Two Rooms Gallery, Auckland.

Image: Veil of the Soul, 2018, pigment ink on Hahnemühle baryta paper, 90 x 72cm framed.  Courtesy of Two Rooms Gallery, Auckland.


Next Exhibition


Why are you here today?

Sophie Ballantyne, Connie Dwyer, Min-Young Her

26 JULY - 9 AUGUST 2019

For many, physical areas of therapy can provide a safe space for one to freely express one's thoughts and at the same time, they can be clinical and alienating for people, becoming less of an open environment and one of isolation. These spaces exist as strange hubs between the personal and impersonal states, enabling visitors to leave unaffected or to pursue the option of treatment. In therapy, these discomforts become even more apparent due to factors including physical surroundings, the stranger that is your therapist, and the uncertainty of whether this stranger is someone to commit to. Once unfamiliar offices become sacred safe spaces, an environment reflective of personal progression, openness and empathy. By recording these transitional spaces, Why Are You Here Today? explores the deliberate fashioning of these spaces and records the overlooked details missed in transition. 

Why Are You Here Today? looks to illuminate these private spaces and destigmatize the process of therapy through the works, providing the audience with an insight not otherwise available. 

Sophie Ballantyne, Connie Dwyer and Min-Young Her are fourth year students all studying towards a Bachelor in Fine Arts.  Ballantyne and Dwyer are majoring in Painting and Her in Sculpture.

Image: Connie Dwyer, Untitled, oil & gesso on board.


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