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Christchurch Art Gallery reappraises the legendary Jacqueline Fahey’s most influential body of work, her psychologically-charged domestic interiors of the 1970s. Fahey was one of the first New Zealand artists to paint from a woman’s perspective and this Say Something! exhibition fair bristles with the conflicts and complexities of family life. Until 11 March 2018.

Jacqueline Fahey Sisters Communing 1974.

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It’s a case of Just Auckland For Art with two remarkable international shows visiting only our big city cousin. A collection of 80 original pieces by one of the most mysterious and talked-about artists in modern history, Banksy, opens this month at the Aotea Centre. The street artist keeps his identity secret but his work is known to millions around the world, like the controversial Laugh Now – a famous graffiti piece that depicts a monkey with a sign hanging from his neck with the words: ‘Laugh now, but one day we’ll be in charge.’

And Pop-up Globe, the world’s first full-scale temporary working replica of the second Globe Theatre, returns to Ellerslie Racecourse. Experience Shakespeare’s Midsummer Night’s Dream, Julius Caesar, The Merchant of Venice, Macbeth or The Comedy of Errors in the Jacobean arena for which they were written. Might be time to visit the relatives.

The Art of Banksy, 5 January to 6 February.

Pop-up Globe Theatre Company pops down 1 April.

Banksy’s iconic Girl with Balloon, which appeared in South Bank, London around 2002.

Home to Ōtautahi

A sprawling sculptural installation is the central work of Geophagy, the first major solo exhibition in Christchurch by Canterbury-raised, Auckland-based artist Ruth Watson. The critically acclaimed exhibition has been reworked and upscaled for CoCA’s galleries. As well as the installation, Geophagy – the practice of eating earth – displays poetic video works and photography in Watson’s exploration of overpopulation and environmental issues in the dystopian present. Until 18 February.

Ruth Watson, Geophagy, (detail) 2017. Photo by Sam Hartnett.
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