The Arts Centre Sculpture Festival

Celebrate our city's creativity at the first-ever Arts Centre Sculpture Festival.

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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.

The Art of Archaeology

Saturday 24 October to Sunday 8 November First floor, Boys’ High

Visit The Art of Archaeology exhibition to discover amazing and unique artefacts uncovered at The Arts Centre.


Back to the future with Bickerton

One wizard looks at another

27 October Great Hall

The Wizard of New Zealand talks, with pictorial aids, about the life and contribution of Professor Alexander William Bickerton, a unique figure in turn of the 19th century Ōtautahi Christchurch.


Anthonie Tonnon - Rail Land

8 November 2020 The Gym

Rail Land is a theatrical show that weaves the critically acclaimed songs of Anthonie Tonnon with synthesizer soundscapes, and soliloquy like story-telling.

Wading in Place by Madison Kelly

Friday 23 October – 6 November 2020 The Gym

Kelly has processed observational drawings using computer software that utilises a machine learning model (artificial intelligence) to highlight a rare wading bird species, Aotearoa’s kakī/black stilt


03 Sessions

Thursday evenings Common Room

Original and improvised music every Thursday night, presented by HARMONY & RHYTHM

The Arts Centre Mākete

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.


Cancelled: Suoni - The ‘Sound of many Voices’

2 November 2020 Great Hall

Unfortunately due to Covid-19 and border restrictions this Lunchtime Concert has been cancelled.

The New Gothick Revival Grand Costume Ball

7 November Great Hall

Hosted by the Wizard of New Zealand. Gothick / Victorian Costume Essential.

What’s on in the Maker Workshop

Community led activities

July to September School of Art

A space where individuals and community groups undertake a range of creative events and workshops

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