Past event

02 February 2019

TPR Library Open Day

The Physics Room Library with Oliver Perkins' Study for TPR Mural, acrylic on pre-primed canvas, 2018.

The Physics Room Library with Oliver Perkins' Study for TPR Mural, acrylic on pre-primed canvas, 2018.

02 February 2019. Free entry.

TPR Library Open Day

11am-4pm, Saturday 2 February

In Dead Reckoning, Megan Brady and Oliver Perkins directly address the site of The Physics Room’s temporary home within the Christchurch Art Gallery, Te Puna O Waiwhetū via two large-scale interventions. Brady and Perkins consider the different ways visitors engage with our new space, as both a destination and a thoroughfare, with the hope of encouraging a deeper quality of experience in relation to the physical space and resources of The Physics Room.

In response to this, we invite you to come on in to familiarise yourself with our library and browse our collection of journals, art magazines, publications, and ephemera.

The gallery will be open from 11am-4pm with coffee and cookies for browsers. Join us to learn about our online catalogue, hosted by LibraryThing. Throughout the day, we will also facilitate drop-in catalogue tutorials and interactive reading lists.

1-2pm: Join us for a talk by Damian Cairns, Kaitiaki Kohinga Motuhake Special Collections Librarian at Macmillan Brown Library. Damian will be looking at the importance of collecting, the accessibility of artists’ books and ephemera, and some of the challenges faced in holding these collections.

Selected Physics Room's publications will be on sale all weekend—grab yourself a bargain!


Damian Cairns is the Special Collections Librarian, University of Canterbury. He has worked in the GLAM sector for the past 16 years holding a number of positions at Libraries, Canterbury Museum as a curator, and the records team at ECan as a Digital Curator. In his current role at UC he manages the Rare Books collection, permanent published collections and the Modern Fine Print collection which contains many examples of Artists’ Books.

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Special thanks to Dunlop Foam and Resene Paints for their generous material support of this exhibition.


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