Arts Centre Trust Board Chair Felicity Price is committed to the regeneration of the Arts Centre which she believes is the most significant public heritage site in Christchurch.
The reopening of the Great Hall in 2016, plus the 2017 return of the University of Canterbury after 40 years – its Music and Classics departments will fill an entire building –are two highlights of the restoration, she says.
“More than half the site is now open, with a steadily increasing number of tenants that is testimony to the hard work and dedication of the previous Chair and Board, and all staff and contractors involved.
“In 2016, when people came back into the Great Hall for the first time since its restoration, it was clear from the wonder on their faces and the tears in their eyes that the reopening of the Arts Centre represents so much more than just a collection of buildings.
“For them it’s one of the first signs that the city we know and love is being reborn.”
Born and bred in Christchurch, Felicity has extensive voluntary governance experience that has included chairing the boards of the Court Theatre, Christchurch Symphony Orchestra, Christchurch Writers Festival and SIDS International. She has been a director of the Canterbury Employers’ Chamber of Commerce and in 2009 received the Officer of the New Zealand Order of Merit (ONZM) for services to arts and business.
She is a fellow of the Institute of Directors and of the Public Relations Institute of New Zealand. Felicity’s career has included managing her own multi-award-winning communications consultancy, Price Rennie PR, and she is now a strategic communications contractor and consultant.
A graduate of the University of Canterbury (MA Hons), Felicity more recently graduated MA in Creative Writing from Victoria. Felicity has authored eight novels and three works of non-fiction, including the John Britten biography, Dare to Dream.