Rutherford's 150th anniversary

Celebrating the 150th anniversary of Ernest, Lord Rutherford's birth. Join us in commemorating the life and achievements of New Zealand's renowned Nobel Prize-winning physicist.

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Great Hall Lunchtime Concert Series 2021

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

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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.

Rutherford's 150th anniversary

Late August 2021 Rutherford’s Den

Celebrating the 150th anniversary of Ernest, Lord Rutherford's birth.

03 Sessions

Thursday 5 August 2021 The Gym

Hermione Johnson (AKL) with Reuben Derrick // Aonachd (Noel Meek & Jonty O'Connor) in a special pop-up 03 Session at The Gym

Friends Fundraising Film Night

Wednesday 11 August West Lecture

Join the Friends of the Arts Centre for a Fundraising Film Night in aid of The Arts Centre.

Carrie Zhang (mezzo-soprano) and Chris Archer (piano)

9th August 2021 Great Hall

Enjoy the musical talents of Chris Archer and Carrie Zhang as part of the Great Hall Lunchtime Concert Series 2021.

Dave Shepherd - Canterbury Scenes

Thursday 29 July to Sunday 29 August First floor, Boys’ High

Maxine Burney Studio/Gallery will display a special photography exhibition by local photographer and Arts Canterbury member, Dave Shepherd.


Douglas Mews (harpsichord), Mark Menzies (violin) and Tomas Hurnik (cello)

23rd August 2021 Great Hall

As part of the Great Hall Lunchtime Concert Series 2021, Douglas, Thomas and Mark come together to form a dynamic trio.

Asher Newbery

Thursday 29 July - Sunday 29 August 2021 Library

Join The Central Art Gallery showcasing Lyttelton artist Asher Newbery.


Te Waka Whaka Hou The Canoe of the Rebuild

2021 North Quad

Riki Manuel was part of Arts Waka, and created this beautiful Waka from earthquake rubble.


Surfacing by Emily Parr

31 July – 5 September 2021 Ground floor, Registry Additions

Surfacing is a Physics Room exhibition of large-scale 35mm film photographs by Emily Parr (Ngāi Te Rangi, Moana, Pākehā).


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 Home

First floor, Boys’ High,

Worcester Boulevard

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