Kiosk is a permanent public art site for temporary exhibitions of new work by audio, screen and installation artists. Situated on the busy pedestrian thoroughfare and junction of High and Manchester Streets, Christchurch, Kiosk is providing a venue for contemporary art twenty four hours a day, seven days a week. Designed to bring out the voyeur in the passing traffic, the Kiosk programme includes local and international artists' responses to the site and current issues in contemporary cultures.

The Kiosk programme has been curated by Oblique and the Physics Room. Kiosk is an Oblique Trust project, presented by Waho, and supported by Creative Communities Christchurch, and The Physics Room Trust.

The Oblique Trust is a charitable trust established to initiate and co-ordinate site specific and public art projects in New Zealand, and beyond. Trust members include Julaine Stephenson, Jonathan Nicol, Zita Joyce, Warren Olds, Adam Willetts, and Dan Arps.

Designer and Project Coordinator: Julaine Stephenson


The Handover: The Kiosk has been thrown from the Oblique nest and into adolescence under the auspices of the Physics Room Trust. In keeping with our original intention to set the Kiosk free, or at least into the control of new blood, the pimply faced space fresh, full of hope and cynicism re-launches in May 2003 after a brief stint at the plastic surgeons. The Kiosk will continue to bare it's all to the public of Christchurch, only you'll have to ask new parents for permission to take it around the back of the bike sheds.

The Oblique Trust would like to thank all who have supported and participated in the Kiosk to date. In particular the uber-custodian, Paul Johns, Waho, Creative Communities, Warren Pringle, and how can we forget our fab web-boy, Jonathan Nicol.

This website will remain as an archive for Kiosk and continue to promote art projects on the go.

As we like to say in the Antipodes, "It's been choice and excellent!"
- Julaine Stephenson

The Physics Room curated series

The Physics Room contemporary art project space announces the return of the Kiosk - the best little public art space in town!

Toshi Endo - 'Kiosk' May 9 - 26
Victoria Bell - 'Cat' from May 27

The city's littlest art space has made its triumphant return! The Kiosk is a permanent public art site for temporary exhibitions which was established in the year 2000 as the brainchild of the Oblique Trust.

Unfortunately in its last incarnation the Kiosk was the target of vandalism but after a small holiday of rest and recuperation it is back in place complete with a spanking new paint job and some nice new owners! The Physics Room - A Contemporary Art Project Space (located a block away at 209 Tuam Street) has taken possession of the Kiosk from the Oblique Trust. Resembling a grey tardis with observation windows, the Kiosk will be home to a loose series of exhibitions by some dynamic local artists, which will run the gamut of new-media technology, experimental sound installation and good old-fashioned handicrafts.

To kick-off the Kiosk's homecoming is a looped video made by Toshi Endo and Julaine Eton. The hand-held video footage leads the viewer on a short, walked journey to The Physics Room, linking the Kiosk by electronic leash to its new owners.

Next up will be Victoria Bell who plans to brighten up the space with a stuffed floral replica of her pet cat. Created from recovered fabrics, the cat becomes a rather wonky reinterpretation of a domestic god.

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Oblique would like to thank Waho for providing major sponsorship for the construction of Kiosk. The Kiosk programme has been kindly supported by Creative Communities, Christchurch City. We would also like to thank Christchurch City Council, Northwest Engineering and The Physics Room Trust for their ongoing support. On ya.

Waho - New Zealand's Billboard Company Christchurch City Council

Creative Communities NZThe Physics RoomNorthwest Engineering

Creative New Zealand Toi Aotearoa

Kiosk location

Kiosk is located on the corner of High and Lichfield Streets (outside Java cafe) in Christchurch, New Zealand.

Kiosk plan

View Kiosk floorplan, lighting plan and electrical diagram in Acrobat PDF format. Requires the Acrobat Reader program, available free from Adobe.

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