Gap Filler

Gap Filler is a creative urban regeneration initiative started in response to the 4 September 2010 Canterbury earthquake, and revised and expanded in light of the more destructive 22 February 2011 earthquake. It is now administered by the Gap Filler Charitable Trust. Gap Filler aims to temporarily activate vacant sites within Christchurch with creative projects for community benefit, to make for a more interesting, dynamic and vibrant city.
This collection is organised by projects and hold images and videos of each Gap Filler project, as well as planning, licensing, and consent documents. To the best of our knowledge, all this material was created by Gap Filler staff. If you have any comments or concerns, please contact Gap Filler at fillthegap@gapfiller.co.nz

Last updated
9:25am 2nd November 2017
Type
Collection
Identifier
qsr-collection:357

28 items


Gap Filler General Documents
Gap Filler General Documents
General documentation from the Gap Filler Trust, including the Gap Filler Trust Deed, a blank licence to occupy form, Gap Filler's submissions to the Draft City Plan, the Gap Hunt booklet and a letter of support from a property owner.
Contains 7 items
Gap Filler Project 01: It All Begins Here
Gap Filler Project 01: It All Begins Here
"It All Begins Here" was an event space on the site of the demolished South of the Border Restaurant and Denis Moore Auto Electrician on Colombo Street. The space housed a temporary garden cafe, a petanque court, live music, poetry readings and an outdoor cinema.
Contains 72 items
Gap Filler Project 02: Ortszeit
Gap Filler Project 02: Ortszeit
Ortszeit is an exhibition of photographs documenting architectural change in East Germany after the fall of the Berlin wall. Taken by Stefan Koppelkamms, the photographs were brought to Christchurch by Gap Filler and laid out in an empty building site for the public to view.
Contains 3 items
Gap Filler Project 03: Film in the Gap
Gap Filler Project 03: Film in the Gap
Film in the Gap was a temporary cinema on a vacant building lot in Sydenham. Free music and movies (projected onto the back wall of the Mitre 10) were available to the public after five o'clock each night.
Contains 105 items
Gap Filler Project 04: Gap Filler Fun Fair
Gap Filler Project 04: Gap Filler Fun Fair
The fourth Gap Filler project was a fun fair put together to raise money for The New Zealand Red Cross and Gap Filler. The fair featured craft and bake sales, carnival games, a bouncy castle, sausage sizzle, races and a concert organised by the Addington Action Committee.
Contains 41 items
Gap Filler Project 05: Words of Hope, CPIT Design/Build
Gap Filler Project 05: Words of Hope, CPIT Design/Build
"Words of Hope" was a project put together by Architecture students at the Christchurch Polytechnic. A vacant site on Ferry Road was transformed into a symbolic human-scale Christchurch City with recycled and found objects serving as the buildings. These 'buildings' were painted white and visitors to the site were encouraged to share their ideas and words of hope and support by tagging or writing on them.
Contains 27 items
Gap Filler Project 06: 1950s themed bowling alley, CPIT Design/Build
Gap Filler Project 06: 1950s themed bowling alley, CPIT Design/Build
The 1950s themed bowling alley was a project put together by Architecture students at the Christchurch Polytechnic. The vacant site of the Jetset Lounge on St Asaph Street underwent a transformation into a bowling alley, inspired by its previous use as a student recreation venue. The architectural design students created a temporary, interactive ten-pin bowling installation where anybody could go and play ten-pin bowling for free. A 1950s theme was embraced through the running of the Jetset event.
Contains 20 items
Gap Filler Project 07: Think Differently Book Exchange
Gap Filler Project 07: Think Differently Book Exchange
The Think Differently Book Exchange is an internationally recognised community project that encourages members of the public to participate in a book exchange scheme. Gap Filler set up a fridge on an abandoned building site in the city centre with a yellow path leading up to the door. Passers-by are invited to take a book, or come back later and leave one.
Contains 19 items
Gap Filler Project 08: Lyttelton Petanque Club
Gap Filler Project 08: Lyttelton Petanque Club
The Lyttelton Petanque Club was a multi-purpose public space with a performance stage, community garden, handmade tables and benches, and a petanque pitch, on the corner of London and Canterbury Streets in Lyttelton. The site was created and maintained by Gap Filler in collaboration with Volcano Radio, Project Lyttleton and volunteers from the community.
Contains 25 items
Gap Filler Project 09: As Far as Eye Can See
Gap Filler Project 09: As Far as Eye Can See
"As Far as Eye Can See" was a gallery sized crochet artwork, displayed at The Colombo shopping centre. It consisted of an eye made out of crochet, created by 22 Adelaide women who wanted to refocus the attention onto post-earthquake Christchurch. Gap Filler also commissioned artist Briar Cook to work with the community and create a companion artwork, a collection of small mandala-like objects woven from the materials that were ubiquitous during the rebuilding of the city: tarpaulins, high visibility fabrics and industrial work-wear. These mandalas were displayed alongside the crocheted eye. Christchurch businesses and the wider community were invited to bid in an online auction to purchase the artwork. The plan was to use the money raised by the artwork to help Gap Filler with other projects.
Contains 4 items
Gap Filler Project 10: Community Chess
Gap Filler Project 10: Community Chess
"Community Chess" is a collaborative project between Gap Filler and students from the University of Canterbury. The aim of the project was to restore the iconic Christchurch Chess Board that used to be played in Cathedral Square. A giant chess board was built on a vacant building site on Colombo Street in Sydenham, free to play for anybody in the community.
Contains 41 items
Gap Filler Project 11: The Painted Piano Project
Gap Filler Project 11: The Painted Piano Project
The Painted Piano Project was a Gap Filler project created in collaboration with the Christchurch School of Music (who donated the pianos) and students from the University of Canterbury (who painted them). Colourful and vibrant pianos were placed in vacant sites around Christchurch as a way to brighten the environment and bring music to the community.
Contains 47 items