Public Programme

Exhibition Tour
11.00 – 11.45am Saturday 20 June
Special Exhibition Hall, Canterbury Museum

Whole House Music – A Performance
2.00 – 3.00pm Sunday 21 June
Special Exhibition Hall, Canterbury Museum
Fantastic musical instruments made from parts of 19 Admirals Way will bring the house alive! From the precious taonga puoro that Brian Flintoff carved from the rimu framing, to an extraordinary double bass that Tim McGurk made from timber, a bathroom sink and metal pipes, come watch and listen as the first ever Whole House Music is made.

Children’s Puppet Workshop at Free Theatre
10.00am – 1.00pm Saturday 18th July
The Gym at the Arts Centre of Christchurch, Worcester Boulevard
Create puppets out of the leftover salvaged materials from the red-zoned Christchurch home at the centre of the Whole House Reuse project. Explore the techniques of animation and puppetry and yours may have the opportunity to feature in the Free Theatre Puppet Demonstration on Sunday 2nd August.
Spaces limited. Please email
Cost: $8 per child. Materials, tools and refreshments provided. Suitable for ages 7-12 years, approx. Accompanying caregiver required.

Exhibition Tour
11.00 – 11.45am Saturday 25 July
Special Exhibition Hall, Canterbury Museum

Cocoon Talk
11.00am – 12.00pm Sunday 19th July
The Bird Hall, Canterbury Museum
The two minds behind the Cocoon project will explain the journey taken to create this innovative piece of architecture. Nic Moon and Lyn Russell joined forces to create this prototype for a ten square metre building made almost entirely from salvaged materials. Their intention was to celebrate the vibrant human and environmental stories held in the tissue memory of these used materials.

Free Theatre Puppet Demonstration
2.00 – 2.45pm Sunday 2 August
Special Exhibition Hall, Canterbury Museum
A puppet demonstration that literally brings 19 Admirals Way back to life! Bizarre and captivating characters are ready to make you laugh, squeal and tug at your heart strings. This performance marks the first official debut of the Whole House Reuse Puppet Theatre – made inventively from the shower box, a bedroom door, some weatherboards and a cupboard front.

Exhibition Tour
11.00 – 11.45am Saturday 22 August
Special Exhibition Hall, Canterbury Museum

Labyrinth Building at 19 Admirals Way
Dates to be confirmed. Visit
The bricks from the chimney at 19 Admirals Way will return to the site to create a labyrinth – a ground-level, circular maze-like path to walk for contemplation, stillness and play. Based on an ancient design from France and is often associated with quiet meditation and spiritual reflection. For more information and updates please visit the Whole House Reuse website.

Whole House Reuse Charitable Auction
Monday 24th August
Isaac Theatre Royal, 145 Gloucester Street, Christchurch
Creating good work from waste: raising funds for Kilmarnock Enterprises and Rekindle.
Fall in love with the objects at Canterbury Museum…and then bid for them! You could be the proud owner of an artwork created for the Whole House Reuse project. Contact for tickets.
Please see back page for a full description of this exciting event.

For further information about the series of Public Programmes running in connection with this exhibition please visit

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