New $16m artwork museum for central Christchurch to open in April

New $16m art museum for central Christchurch to open in April

Ravenscar House is taking shape on Rolleston Ave opposite the Canterbury Museum.


Ravenscar Home is taking form on Rolleston Ave reverse the Canterbury Museum.

A brand new $16 million artwork museum might be open in central Christchurch in April after the Covid-19 lockdown delayed development by three months.

The Ravenscar Home Museum on Rolleston Ave was initially set to be accomplished by 2018 and price $13m, however design problems and the lockdown added one other $3m to the development worth and delayed the opening.

The museum will home a singular assortment of 110 work from the 19th century to the current day, together with 5 work by Colin McCahon and 10 by Frances Hodgkins. The gathering was began by Christchurch couple Jim and Susan Wakefield within the early 1990s.

A computer generated image by architects Patterson Associates of the exterior of Ravenscar House from Rolleston Ave.


A pc generated picture by architects Patterson Associates of the outside of Ravenscar Home from Rolleston Ave.

The museum is funded by insurance coverage proceeds from their former residence, additionally known as Ravenscar Home, which was destroyed within the Canterbury earthquakes.

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For the reason that venture was launched in 2015, the Wakefields have stood down from the venture belief board attributable to ailing well being.

Belief Chairman Steve Wakefield stated his mother and father have been nonetheless retaining observe of the venture.

Jim and Susan Wakefield started the art collection in the early 1990s. In 2015, they launched the Ravenscar House Museum.

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Jim and Susan Wakefield began the artwork assortment within the early 1990s. In 2015, they launched the Ravenscar Home Museum.

“Their well being will not be too good. They’ve declined fairly a bit because the venture was initiated,’’ he stated.

The couple was in care however have been retaining observe of the venture remotely, he stated.

“I see them each week and provides them updates and present them photographs.

“They’ve handed it over to the following era, however they may see their imaginative and prescient come to fruition.”

Construction started on the museum on the corner of Worcester Boulevard and Rolleston Ave in February 2019.

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Building began on the museum on the nook of Worcester Boulevard and Rolleston Ave in February 2019.

He stated the venture was progressing effectively.

“It was initially going to be a 24-month venture, however now it’s a 27-month venture. Within the larger image that’s not an enormous deal.

“We have been pushing to have the constructing completed by the top of the yr and transformed to public use early subsequent yr and open in the course of the summer time to maximise guests with vacationers.”

A photograph of the library in the original Ravenscar House taken by Doc Ross in 2002.

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{A photograph} of the library within the unique Ravenscar Home taken by Doc Ross in 2002.

They have been now two to a few months behind, he stated.

“We are going to simply battle on and get it finished.”

The outside partitions have been in place and the roof could be occurring quickly. The constructing has an intensive parking basement with base isolation.

The pre-cast wall panels are partly composed of rubble from the unique Ravenscar Home, which was demolished after the 2011 earthquakes.

“We’re proud of the way it appears to be like. The bricks give a heat crimson color to the panels.’’

The $5m plot of land for the venture was gifted to Canterbury Museum by the Christchurch Metropolis Council in 2015.

The couple positioned possession of the artwork assortment into the Ravenscar Belief, with a plan to reward it to the town sooner or later. The museum might be collectively operated by the belief and Canterbury Museum.

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