About Us

Located in the heart of Christchurch, the Arts Centre is New Zealand’s largest collection of Category 1 heritage buildings.

1Held in trust for the people of Canterbury and its visitors, the Arts Centre has long been renowned as a place for arts, culture, education and creativity. With its post-earthquake restoration now past the half-way mark, it is reclaiming its place once again in the cultural landscape of Christchurch.

As well as arts-related activities, visitors can enjoy shopping, eating, galleries or just simply spend time in the stunning outdoor areas. There are lots of reasons to pay us a visit.

In addition, five venues are for hire and enquiries are being taken from people interested in leasing space.

While a significant amount of the restoration has been paid for, there’s still a substantial shortfall in funds to complete it and the Arts Centre is actively fundraising.

Experimental zone now - immersive display.The massive restoration programme will immaculately restore the heritage features of these
unique Gothic Revival buildings, while fitting them out with the latest modern infrastructure.

Opportunities will also be created for the community to share in progress, be part of events and activities, and help shape the future of the Arts Centre.