Julia Holden

Wish You Were Here

"Art has had an important role in healing Christchurch's quake-torn community. Help me bring some of that energy and empathy to Auckland, building bridges through art between shaky town and New Zealand's biggest city." - Julia Holden

This project proposes raising $5,000 towards the printing and installation of five paintings of post-quake Christchurch scenery by Christchurch-based, Trans-Tasman artist Julia Holden, presented as billboards in Auckland city during April/May 2014. Each billboard requires $500 for printing and $500 for installation costs.

Once these initial costs are met there are opportunities following the initial Auckland installation for these works to be re-presented at locations around New Zealand, Hamilton, Tauranga, Wellington, etc, and possibly further afield to Australia and beyond.

Present Tense, 8-13th April, Cathedral Junction, Christchurch, opening 8 April, 5.30 pm. We will be holding a week-long exhibition of the works at Gap Filler's pop-up site, The Inconvenience Store, in Cathedral Junction. You are warmly invited to view the works and help me choose by voting on which 5 of the 10 paintings to up-scale as billboards! I am sharing the week with Christchurch writer Andrew Paul Wood who will debut and perform his writing piece at random (inconvenient) times. Its going to be an exciting and fun week so stay tuned for updates. 

Thank you so much for taking the time to check out this project. I'll be posting updates as we go along but if you have any questions, suggestions or comments please add them and I'll be happy to answer where I can.

UPDATES

  • Wish You Were Here Christchurch

    1 MONTH AGO

    With your support the 5 Wish You Were Here Christchurch billboards have now had successful exhibitions in Auckland and Wellington. Each public installation has been accompanied by the local citywide release of the edition of 10 beautiful #WishYouWereHereChch postcards, printed and distributed by well-known Christchurch poster company Phantom Billstickers.

    It is now time to bring this exhibition home to Christchurch. To help with $2,500 shipping and installation costs for 5 billboardsI have set up a second, short-run Boosted campaign, Wish You Were Here Christchurch. To read more please go to: http://www.boosted.org.nz/projects/wish-you-were-here-christchurch

    Wish You Were Here Christchurch
  • #WishYouWereHereChch postcards

    4 MONTHS AGO

    Phantom Billstickers bring an excting addition to the #WishYouWereHereChch project, an edition of 10 collectable postcards! Now freely available through their national cafe network, look out or them when you pick up your coffee.

    #WishYouWereHereChch postcards
  • #WishYouWereHereChch Pitt Street, Auckland

    4 MONTHS AGO

    #WishYouWereHereChch Pitt Street, Auckland
  • #WishYouWereHereChch Station Road, Penrose

    4 MONTHS AGO

    #WishYouWereHereChch Station Road, Penrose
  • #WishYouWereHereChch Mt Eden Road

    4 MONTHS AGO

    #WishYouWereHereChch Mt Eden Road
  • #WishYouWereHereChh Cook St

    4 MONTHS AGO

    #WishYouWereHereChh Cook St
  • #WishYouWereHereChch launches in Auckland!

    4 MONTHS AGO

    Billboards have gone up on Pitt St, Cook St, Mt Eden Road and Station Road, Penrose, Auckland!

    #WishYouWereHereChch, this artist-initiated and funded project was originally conceived as an ambitious citywide public art exhibition of 5 billboards featuring paintings of post-quake Christchurch. A billboard project of this scale had never, to my knowledge, been attempted before. Discussions with billboard companies 8 months ago assured me it would be easily achievable, but as luck would have it, the Auckland economy has improved so much in recent months that I was able to secure 4 of the 5 originally planned sites.

    Happily, in an exciting new development, Phantom Billstickers the well-known Christchurch poster company, recently got involved. They have produced all 10 original paintings as a set of postcards. These will be made freely available through their extensive Auckland and national café network. The postcards have been printed, so look out for them at your local cafe when pick up your morning coffee.

    Meanwhile I am pressing on to find $3,000 in addtional funding support to enable me to reinstall the billboards in Wellington in July. I'll post again when I have more information on that.

    Once again, a big thank you to everyone who helped get the project up and out to the public. I am so pleased to use art as the vehicle to bring positive attention to the on-going situation in Christchurch. If you would like contact me in regard to recieving a set of postcards please email msjuliaholden@gmail.com

    #WishYouWereHereChch launches in Auckland!
  • #WishYouWereHereChch

    4 MONTHS AGO

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    4 MONTHS AGO

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  • Billboard Artwork #WishYouWereHereChch

    4 MONTHS AGO

    Here's a preview of the artwork for the billboards your generosity has helped to create! These are the five paintings you voted for that best represent Christchurch as it is right now. I hope you like them because they're on their way to the printers as I write, and will be installed in Auckland during the first week in June. So exciting!

    I was hoping to be in Auckland for the installation, but an unexpected opportunity has arisen have a show here at Christchurch's Artbox for the month of June, a wonderful offer too good to refuse. I hope to go up to Auckland very soon after the opening to see the works in situ, and will report back when I do.

    More soon,
    Julia

    P.S. The billboard Twitter hashtag is: #WishYouWereHereChch

    Billboard Artwork   #WishYouWereHereChch
  • But wait! There's more...

    5 MONTHS AGO

    Hello everyone,

    This is a brief message to once again say a very big THANK YOU to everyone who helped make this a successful campaign, from Mark and Bryna, the fantastic team at Boosted who helped me get started, and everyone else who looked in on the project and made the decision to get on board and help get this show on the road! The money, less admin, has come through so I can now take the next steps towards getting the billboards up at the beginning of June.

    As an unexpected and very welcome ‘extra’ to this campaign we now have an opportunity to put ALL 10 images onto posters including 10 matched poetry quatrains by writer Andrew Paul Wood. I’ve been in conversation with well-known ex-Christchurch company, the Phantom Billstickers (http://www.0800phantom.co.nz/), who have offered to print and paste up the posters at a very, very generous discount. This is an opportunity too good to resist! I’m in the process of working out details and will be posting more on this as it evolves. This is a very exciting development and will mean that our billboard campaign will have a second life as posters, thereby reaching a much wider audience.

    More soon!

    Julia

  • Thank You!!!

    6 MONTHS AGO

    Wow! I am absolutely thrilled that this project has achieved 103%!!! Absolutely amazing, thank you all so much for your generous contributions and participation in the process. I’m very excited (and not a little relieved) that with your help we have achieved the $5,000 goal that will produce the 5 billboards!

    Its gonna be awesome!!!

    But first, there will be a small break in transmission over the Easter and Anzac weekends before moving onto the next step.

    When the money is released the skins will be printed and installed and I’ll update you on how, where, and when that will take place. Free billboard space is determined by availability and opportunity, so there is a little negotiating to do yet to find the best locations to achieve the highest visibility for the works. I am committed to delivering the best outcome possible, and will do everything I can to ensure that the launch is well publicised across media outlets.

    Have a fantastic Easter and Anzac break everyone! Thank you all so much for being a part of this wonderful project and for helping me to create a small window into Christchurch for Auckland, and the rest of New Zealand.

    Till soon,
    Julia

  • Thank You!!!

    6 MONTHS AGO

    Wow! I am absolutely thrilled that this project has achieved 103%!!! Absolutely amazing, thank you all so much for your generous contributions and participation in the process. I’m very excited (and not a little relieved) that with your help we have achieved the $5,000 goal that will produce the 5 billboards!

    Its gonna be awesome!!!

    But first, there will be a small break in transmission over the Easter and Anzac weekends before moving onto the next step.

    When the money is released the skins will be printed and installed and I’ll update you on how, where, and when that will take place. Free billboard space is determined by availability and opportunity, so there is a little negotiating to do yet to find the best locations to achieve the highest visibility for the works. I am committed to delivering the best outcome possible, and will do everything I can to ensure that the launch is well publicised across media outlets.

    Have a fantastic Easter and Anzac break everyone! Thank you all so much for being a part of this wonderful project and for helping me to create a small window into Christchurch for Auckland, and the rest of New Zealand.

    Till soon,
    Julia

  • Thank You!!!

    6 MONTHS AGO

    Wow! I am absolutely thrilled that this project has achieved 103%!!! Absolutely amazing, thank you all so much for your generous contributions and participation in the process. I’m very excited (and not a little relieved) that with your help we have achieved the $5,000 goal that will produce the 5 billboards!

    Its gonna be awesome!!!

    But first, there will be a small break in transmission over the Easter and Anzac weekends before moving onto the next step.

    When the money is released the skins will be printed and installed and I’ll update you on how, where, and when that will take place. Free billboard space is determined by availability and opportunity, so there is a little negotiating to do yet to find the best locations to achieve the highest visibility for the works. I am committed to delivering the best outcome possible, and will do everything I can to ensure that the launch is well publicised across media outlets.

    Have a fantastic Easter and Anzac break everyone! Thank you all so much for being a part of this wonderful project and for helping me to create a small window into Christchurch for Auckland, and the rest of New Zealand.

    Till soon,
    Julia

  • 8 Hours to Go!

    6 MONTHS AGO

    8 hours to go, and its time for last call!

    The project is now 72% funded, and with 8 hours to go. Do you think it will it reach 100%?

    I sure hope so! We are soooo close now with a couple of hours to go!

    I'm sure you are all getting ready for the public holiday tomorrow, and are anticipating a enjoying a relaxing long Easter weekend. It will be lovely to know that the fundraising part of this project has been brought to a successful conclusion, and that after the break I'll be able to take the next step in its production.

    Happy Easter everyone!

    8 Hours to Go!
  • The week-long exhibition at the Inconvenience Store voting results!

    6 MONTHS AGO

    Hi All,

    Sorry about the long message but this is my first opportunity to update and a lot has been happening!

    First of all, a very big thank you to everyone who has contributed to my Boosted campaign so far, we have raised 48% of the $5,000 needed which is really wonderful! Some of the donations have come from friends in Australia, which is particularly touching for me, as it was a desire to communicate with them about the Christchurch I found upon arrival that inspired this body of work.

    A big thank you also to everyone who came into the Inconvenience Store over the last week, it has been so interesting to have your feedback on the works.

    175 visitors voted on the 10 painted portraits of Christchurch in the Present Tense. I invited people to choose the top 5 images they felt best represented the city right now, that they would like to see on billboards carrying the header 'Wish You Were Here,' in Auckland, and ideally, other cities around the country.

    The response was enlightening and I have collated the results and will be guided by them when I reach my $5,000 target on Boosted, the Arts Foundation crowdfunding website. In the end there were no surprises on your number one, it was a clear favourite:

    1. The Container Stack (it has all the elements of the present inner city landscape)
    2. 165 Red Zone Home (the reality for so many families and their homes)
    3. The Blue Building (demolished last week!)
    4. The Catholic Basilica (one of my favourite buildings)
    5. The Cathedral (the iconic Christchurch building that may or may not be there in the future)

    Many of you asked me my personal favourite and it is High Street, attached to this post. This area was my first experience of the city and I am continually drawn to this part of town for its empty expanse and soulfulness. It may yet make the final cut... You can still let me know your personal picks by emailing me your top 5. All the images are on my website (plus new images and a video of the egg I painted for Starship Children's Hospital fundraiser, The Big Egg Hunt NZ here: http://juliaholden.com/).

    It is not too late to cast your votes and donate as this fundraiser runs until Thursday 19th April. It must reach the full $5,000 in order to take the next step and pay for the printing and installation of the 5 billboards. If you have enjoyed watching this project develop and have been thinking of supporting my plan to bring this gentle portrait of Christchurch to the wider New Zealand community the time to do so is now.

    3 days to go! Please share this info with friends and help get this project 100% over the line.

     

    The week-long exhibition at the Inconvenience Store voting results!
  • Wish You Were Here at the Inconvenience Store

    6 MONTHS AGO

    As an aspect of 'inconvenience' I have installed the 10 works in the space without an identifying number or title. I've asked people to first match painting with the list of 10 randomly ordered titles and then choose 5 they would like to see presented as a billboard installation in Auckland. I am tallying the responses every day, and at the end of the exhibition I will have the 5 top contenders chosen by viewers to represent Christchurch to an outside audience.

    People's willingness to engage with the process has been sincere and their responses are genuinely surprising. Weighing a personal choice against a choice made on behalf of others and intended to send a message out to the wider New Zealand community has been an interesting challenge for some. The process has highlighted the choices we might make on behalf of 'I' or 'me' as against 'us' or 'we.' 

    The other aspect of this project I have really been enjoying is its inclusiveness. Everyone who has come to see the work has participated, whether they are an artist or passer-by. There is no 'wrong' answer, no work is 'better' than another, and every opinion and choice has a voice. It is truly democratic and I am enjoying the interraction with visitors to the show so much. It makes a nice contrast to the solitary occupation of making the work in the studio!

    Today's voting poll winner is the Catholic Basilica. More updates to come and in the meantime here's a short video of 4 of Thursday's visitors Jess, Ben, Sally and Peter.

    http://youtu.be/Ku0wptcgI04

     

    Wish You Were Here at the Inconvenience Store
  • Opening night voting results

    6 MONTHS AGO

    It was a great opening with 40-45 people attending, inspite of the miserable, cold, wet turn the weather took! Opening night voting results! The front contenders are:
    1. 165 Red Zone Home,
    2. Container Stack,
    and 3rd equal, The Blue Building, Catholic Basilica, and The National.

    Disagree? Come in and cast your vote at The Inconvenience Store and Andrew might be persuaded to create a poem for you!

    Opening night voting results
  • Present Tense/Wish You Were Here opens!

    6 MONTHS AGO

    Guests at the Present Tense opening give their personal pick and favourites on the works, and voted for their top 5 that could make the billboard presentation.

    See the video: http://youtu.be/H6zyoH6EvaM

  • Present Tense opens tomorrow!

    6 MONTHS AGO

    Hello everyone,

    Two days ago as I drove through what is left of the city I saw that the blue building that has featured twice in this new suite of paintings has been demolished! It seems even more imperative to get this project fully subscribed and send a painterly portrait out to New Zealand showing how it is, right now.

    I have uploaded images of all 10 paintings to my website which you can view by clicking this link http://juliaholden.com/. Please let me know by emailing which 5 of the 10 you would choose to install as billboards!

    If you are based in Christchurch come along to the opening of Present Tense at Gap Filler's The Inconvenience Store, Cathedral Junction, 113 Worcester St, 5.30 pm Tuesday. You can follow our daily updates here: https://www.facebook.com/GapFillersInconvenienceStore.

    More updates coming this week....

    Present Tense opens tomorrow!
  • The Cathedral

    6 MONTHS AGO

    Reposting the header image from the first week, the Cathedral as it is today. How much longer wil it be a part of the Christchurch landscape?

    The Cathedral
  • Best Song Ever Written

    6 MONTHS AGO

    Hi there,

    Just a short update today. I was on National Radio, Afternoons with Jim Mora yesterday! Jim was away for the day so I spoke with Paul instead.

    http://www.radionz.co.nz/national/programmes/afternoons/audio/2591176/best-song-ever-written-if-it-be-your-will

  • Week Two update

    6 MONTHS AGO

    http://youtu.be/qZq2FCSOrUs

    A big thank you to all my contributors so far, and to everyone for your interest in this project! We are now at 34% of the $5,000 needed to get the 5 works printed and installed which is fantastic for the first two weeks. I'm looking forward to next week's install at Gap Filler's Inconvenience Store in Cathedral Junction, so if you are in Christchurch please come along to that. It will be a short, but interesting week with Andrew Paul Wood debuting his performance writing piece. A first for Christchurch, and possiblly for New Zealand! So do come along to that, we'd love to meet you.

    The next update will be coming to you from the Inconvenience Store!

    Week Two update
  • Week One Video Update

    6 MONTHS AGO

    Hello there,

    First of all, thank you all so much for your interest and support, I am so delighted and excited at how the campaign is going so far!

    I'm planning on posting some more images of the paintings next week as I should have them all finished by then and photographed properly. And of course, put the 8 April into your diaries for the opening at Gap Filler's The Inconvenience Store where the works will be installed for the week. More on that next week too.

    In the meantime, click on the link below for a short video update. Thanks again!

    http://youtu.be/EiLsaWd-gco

Julia Holden

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Julia Holden

#WishYouWereHereChch, artist Julia Holden’s 5 billboard and 10 postcard public exhibition featuring paintings of post-quake Christchurch, has now had successful installations in Auckland and Wellington. It’s now time to bring the exhibition home to Christchurch audiences.

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