Welcome to The Arts Centre Te Matatiki Toi Ora.

Dating back to 1877, The Arts Centre has a rich history and an exciting future.

Located in the heart of Ōtautahi Christchurch, The Arts Centre is an Aotearoa New Zealand landmark – home to galleries, museums, cinemas, boutique retailers, artisan eateries and bars, engaging events, stunning venues and much more.

Fantastic Feasts

06 April 2019 - 30 August 2020 Chemistry

Explore food in the ancient world, examining what ancient Greeks and Romans ate, food-divinity connections, and their feasting traditions.


OCHT Art Exhibition 2020

25 February to 1 March 2020 Boys’ High

Ōtautahi Community Housing Trust tenants present a diverse variety of artworks including paintings, sculpture, crafts, photography, and creative writing.


Creative Residencies

Applications close 31 March 2020 Second floor, West Lecture

This residency programme supports creative professionals practicing in any creative media to work on a project for up to three months at The Arts Centre Te Matatiki Toi Ora in Ōtautahi Christchurch, A

The Arts Centre Mākete

Every Sunday Market Square

At The Arts Centre Mākete you’ll find local artisans showcasing their quality, handmade goods – arts and crafts, freshly made delicacies, and more.


The Arts Centre Walking Tours

Every Saturday and Sunday Clock Tower

An entertaining guided walking tour led by local actors playing characters drawn from the rich history of this central Ōtautahi Christchurch heritage landmark.

Resourceful skills workshops

Throughout the year Boys’ High

Social enterprise Rekindle creates opportunities for resourcefulness, or making what we need from what we have around us, through a variety of workshops.

Great Hall Lunchtime Concert Series 2020

Beginning 17 February

Specific Monday's Great Hall

Enjoy a stellar line-up of renowned local, national and international artists performing in a stunning heritage venue.

Easter Mākete

Sunday 5 April Market Square

Hop along to The Arts Centre te Matatiki Toi Ora’s Easter Mākete for a fun-filled day of boutique shopping.


Echoes of Yesteryear

1 March 2020 Clock Tower

Come and join the Jubilate Singers on a magical mystery tour of some of The Arts Centre's nooks and crannies.

New Zealand-made homewares and gifts.

Frances Nation is a store specialising in Aotearoa New Zealand-made homewares and gifts of quality craftsmanship, authenticity and longevity.

Frances Nation

First floor, Boys’ High,

Worcester Boulevard

Open 7 days, 10:00AM - 5:00PM