Past event

Wednesday 21 November

The Physics Room Fundraiser 2018: Hewsonclad

Wednesday 21 November. Free entry.

The Physics Room Fundraiser 2018: Hewsonclad

New work by Mike Hewson

Wednesday 21 November 5.30pm til late with special guest DJ Dance Armstrong

Showroom open 22-25 November: Thursday & Friday, 12-6pm & Sat/Sun, 11-4pm


28-30 November: Wednesday, Thursday & Friday, 12-2pm
We're also open by appointment and orders can be placed via email. 

The old Cheesemongers, 301 Montreal Street, Arts Centre

This year's annual Physics Room fundraiser centres on the Ōtautahi launch of Hewsonclad: the modular painting product developed by artist Mike Hewson for the Ashburton iteration of the (Un)conditional exhibition series. Drawing on competing ideas of value Hewson has created a body of work that bridges contemporary art and interior design.

Working in a factory-like mode, Hewson hand-painted over 2000 individual tiles that can be joined together to create modestly-sized paintings for the lounge or epically-sized feature walls and murals.

Hewsonclad is currently available in three colour schemes based on iconic A.A Deans paintings: Tussock, Alpine, and Bush. Priced at a consumer-friendly $34.99 for a full-sized tile and $23.67 for a half-sized tile, these paintings are sure to fly off the wall!

In addition to the launch of Hewsonclad, artworks by Judy Darragh, Steve Carr, John Ward Knox, Ella Sutherland, and Kirstin Carlin will be available for purchase on the night.

Half clad - $23.67
Full clad - $34.99

The Physics Room is a non-profit charitable trust that commissions new work from New Zealand artists, writers, and other cultural producers. Proceeds from this fundraising event will go directly into our 2019 programme to fund the production of new work.

Thanks to Life in Vacant Spaces and The Arts Centre - Christchurch for their help in organising the use of the space.

About Mike Hewson

Mike Hewson (b. 1985, Dunedin) alters civic sites to highlight pressing issues concerning that community. This involves transposing images or materials to cause hesitation and reflection on the path ahead. He received a Bachelors of [Civil] Engineering with First Class Honours from University of Canterbury and then completed an MFA (2016) from Columbia University. He lives and works between New York and Sydney.


About The Physics Room

The Physics Room is a contemporary art space dedicated to developing and promoting contemporary art and critical discourse in Aotearoa New Zealand.

Based in central Christchurch since 1996, we assist art practitioners with resources and opportunities to achieve a higher level of professional and creative development, and encourage a greater acknowledgement, understanding and value of contemporary art among New Zealanders. Our goal is to actively seek links between the arts and other areas of cultural production and to involve art as a contributing voice in wider intellectual, social and political debate.

The Physics Room is a charitable trust governed by a Board of Trustees.

The Physics Room Fundraiser 2018: catalogue (pdf)