Join us for a relaxed and informative Sunday brunch as we host a conversation between artists Julia Morison and Ruth Watson. The starting point for the discussion will be Morison’s exhibition Head[case], an ambitious installation of 100 distinctly different ceramic heads.

 Join us for the sweet price of a coffee and croissant. Hospitality provided by our extraordinary food partners Allpress Espresso and Amano Bakery. Coffee pouring from 10am and talk begins at 10.30. Tickets are $8 (plus booking fees) here, places are limited.


Julia Morison was born in Pahiatua in 1952. She initially studied at the Wellington Polytechnic, graduating in 1972 with a diploma in graphic design, and went on to gain an honours degree from the University of Canterbury School of Fine Arts in 1975. Since then, Morison has exhibited nationally and internationally and been awarded numerous grants and fellowships, including the Frances Hodgkins Fellowship in 1989, and the prestigious New Zealand Moët & Chandon Fellowship in 1990, which allowed her to travel to France for a year's residency. She chose to make France her base for the following 10 years, returning to take up an appointment as senior lecturer of painting at the University of Canterbury. Morison became a New Zealand Arts Foundation Laureate in 2005. In 2018 she was made an Officer of the New Zealand Order of Merit (ONZM).  

Ruth Watson is an artist with over 30 solo exhibitions to her name including multiple group exhibitions in New Zealand, Australia, Germany and the United States. She studied in New Zealand (BFA, University of Canterbury) and Australia (MVA, Sydney College of the Arts) and completed her PhD at the Australian National University in 2005. Since the 1980s Ruth’s research interests have revolved around maps and mapping, a topic she also writes about, including for the Phaidon's 2015 Map: Exploring the World.  She works in sculpture, photography, moving image and paint, as well as writing. Her four big globes sculpture, Other Worlds, has been in Wellington on the Te Papa forecourt since 2018.

Julia Morison, Head[case]. Image: John Collie, courtesy of Christchurch Art Gallery