Monday night saw about 40 people trickle in from typical Christchurch weather to the opening of Celebrate People’s History, a poster exhibition documenting radical moments in history. Whether it was the rain, the continuous email pestering or the large banner on the side of the gallery that brought them in is unknown, but what is known is that the posters are simply amazing. With over 50 works in the collection and each work having such a powerful story to tell, it’s like diving head first into the prettiest history book you’d ever wish to find.

Nibbles and some fine punch kept the spirits up as we trawled around Eastside Gallery’s heritage walls, struggling to pick favourites. Luckily the show is on for two weeks as you really need to revisit a lot of the posters to give them justice. However there are posters for sale at the gallery for those with limited time, as well as free zines, stickers and other goodies.

Thanks to everyone who made it to the opening night. The show ends on May 29th but hopefully it will come to a centre near you in the future. More pics to come.

Eastside Gallery at the Linwood Community Arts Centre, Corner Worcester Street and Stanmore Road, Christchurch.

Gallery Hours:

Monday – Friday: 10am – 4pm (open until 6:00pm Thursdays)

Saturday: 10:30am – 1pm

Sunday: TBC

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