Art Chemist series


Art Chemist is an interactive performance and installation that operates as a space somewhere between an apothecary, therapist’s office and arts’ directory offering unique prescriptions and creative cure-alls. This site responsive draws on international studies which support the benefit of ‘arts on prescription’ for improving mental wellbeing as well as a desire to support and showcase local arts communities.


Each installation and the following one-on-one consultations are responsive both to the location and individual. A local 'art directory' is built up and used to create prescriptions for each person that takes part. The work is gentle and earnest with a touch of the familiar yet absurd; it offers a chance to connect, reflect and see the city through new eyes.Art Chemist was first devised for an empty space in Christchurch's central city in 2021.


Since then it has been a headline event at The Performance Arcade 2022, hosted by Te Atamira in Queenstown and popped up in other locations around Ōtautahi. The work was also shown in the Zonta Ashburton Female Art Awards (ZAFAA) at Ashburton Art Gallery where Audrey was announced as the 2022 ZAFAA Premier Award winner. Auckland Pride. Help us get there by supporting the Pride Elevates Boosted campaign.


Art Chemist Nelson, 2022


Supported by:
Nelson Arts Festival
Kismet Cocktail & Whiskey Bar


Photography: Melissa Banks & Khye Hitchcock

Nelson Arts Festival 


Performers:
Ann Braunsteiner, Amber Clausner, Damara Sylvester, Felicity Pallesen aka Flossie Fizzberry, Katie Powell Wright, Khye Hitchcock


Whakatū, Nelson





Art Chemist Queenstown, 2022


Supported by:
Central Lakes Arts Supports Scheme, Te Hau Toka Southern Lakes Wellbeing Group and Te Atamira
 
Photography: Khye Hitchcock

Te Atamira



Tāhuna Queenstown




Art Chemist Ashburton, 2022

 
ZAFAA Premier Award winner
 
Photography: Khye Hitchcock

Zonta Ashburton Female Art Awards (ZAFAA)

Ashburton Art Gallery




Art Chemist Pōneke, 2022


Supported by:
Creative New Zealand, Wellington City Council, The Performance Arcade

 
 
Photography: Khye Hitchcock

The Performance Arcade


Performers: Amber Clausner, Khye Hitchcock, Zoe Higgins, Eli Joseph, Sameena Zehra, Louie Zalk-Neale, Shania Bailey-Edmonds, Anna Persson, Sabrina Martin, Jacob Brown, Kasi Valu, Ethan Morse, Madi Duffy, Weichu Huang

Te Whanganui-a-Tara Wellington




Art Chemist Ōtautahi, 2021


With support from:
Christchurch City Council, Life in Vacant Spaces, The Green Lab, Phantom Billstickers, Natural Paint Company, Studio Momentum


 
Photography: Janneth Gil

Cathedral Junction


Performers: Georgie Sivier, Josiah Morgan, AJ Juer, Gaby Montejo, Min Young Her, Orissa Keane, Jake Arona, Talia-Rae Mavaege, Nina Oberg-Humphries, Virginia Kennard.

Ōtautahi Christchurch