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.

Annual Public Meeting

Monday 26 July 2021 Rutherford’s Den

This meeting provides an opportunity for you and our stakeholders to hear about our key successes and learn about our financial performance in 2020, and be informed about our ongoing challenges as an

Free


DANCE DANCED DANCING (2021)

Tuesday 10 & Wednesday 11 August 2021 The Gym

DANCE DANCED DANCING (2021), presented by Footnote New Zealand Dance and choreographed by Josie Archer & Kosta Bogoievski, takes the essence of their 2020 ChoreoCo work New Dance Group and blows it up


Rutherford's 150th anniversary

Late August 2021 Rutherford’s Den

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


My Mother the War Hero

Thursday 30 September Great Hall

I’ll Tell You This for Nothing – My Mother the War Hero recounts the tale of Phyllis Garvin, an Irish QA nurse on the WWII battlefields. Phyllis lived most of her life in NZ and was honoured with Franc


Ben Morrison (violin)

26 July 2021 Great Hall

Benjamin has returned home briefly, and we are extremely privileged to have him perform as part of the Great Hall Lunchtime Concert Series 2021.


Rutherford 150th Birthday Walking Tour

Saturday 4 and Sunday 5 September 2021 Clock Tower

A special 150th anniversary guided walking tour led by an actor playing the young Ernest Rutherford. Drawing from his time here as a student and presenting the rich history of this central Ōtautahi


Great Hall Lunchtime Concert Series 2021

Specific Mondays Great Hall

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


Trevor Jones (vocals, piano)

2 August 2021 Great Hall

As part of the Great Hall Lunchtime Concert Series 2021, Trevor is an acclaimed entertainer and piano man with a fabulous voice. Looking forward to a real treat here!


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.


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