Julia Holden

Wish You Were Here Christchurch

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#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.

Each billboard installation is accompanied by the local release of an edition of 10 collectable postcards, generously printed by well-known Christchurch poster company Phantom Billstickers, and made freely available through their extensive city-wide and national café networks.

A travelling 5 billboard, public exhibition by a solo artist has not, to my knowledge, been attempted before, and #WishYouWereHereChch would not have been possible without the wonderful assistance of billboard companies iSite, Roadshow Attractions, APN, Media5, and Phantom Billstickers, with particular thanks going to Phantom for producing the beautiful postcard edition. Warmest and heartfelt thanks to all my original donors, their generosity enabled me to meet the initial printing and installation costs for the project's Auckland debut.

Following the successful Auckland launch in June, the billboards were reinstalled in Wellington during July/August, alongside the local release of the postcard edition through Phantom Billstickers Wellington cafe network.

This new two-week campaign aims to raise $2,500 to cover shipping and installation costs for 5 billboards across Christchurch, and will be accompanied by the timely release of the #WishYouWereHereChch postcards throughout Christchurch, Dunedin, and the rest of the South Island.

Help me bring this national campaign to a successful conclusion by bringing the artworks home to the city and community that orignially inspired the project.


  • #WishYouWereHereChch Trademe Billboard Auction


    Hi All,

    The #WishYouWereHereChch billboard project is coming to an end with all 5 billboards up for auction on Trademe from today. Auction runs for 10 days ending 30 November!

    Once again a very big thank you to everyone who viewed and contributed this year-long, nationwide Christchurch project, without your support and encouragement none of this would have come about. Its been a very exciting ride for me!

    You can view the #WishYouWereHereChch auction by following this link:


    #WishYouWereHereChch Trademe Billboard Auction
  • Success!!


    100% funding reached Saturday morning with 3 days still to run! Amazing!!

    Sending out a very big thank you to everyone who have followed the progress of this campaign and donated, your support and encouragement means so much to me. I'm looking forward to getting the Wish You Were Here billboards up around Christchurch and will post the locations once I find out what is available here.

    Thanks so much!

  • 8 Days to Go!


    $450.00 reached in 5 days, 8 days to go!

    First, I’m sending out a very big thank you to Andrea, Danny, Henrietta, Jeff and ‘anonymous’ for supporting this project so generously, it feels great to get it started!

    This campaign is almost halfway through its very short 2 week run. Do you think we’ll reach our $2,500 target with 8 days left to go? Would you like to help? Please share this page link around your networks to help bring Wish You Were Here Christchurch home!

    8 Days to Go!

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