New life for ancient trees

4 July - Boys' High

Ash trees that are more than 100 years old will get a new lease on life thanks to a special Arts Centre commission being crafted by Rekindle.

Rekindle is a Christchurch-based social enterprise that recycles dead or dying trees into handcrafted furniture. The Arts Centre has commissioned a suite of furniture that will sit in the upstairs foyer of the historic Boys’ High building on Worcester Boulevard. Sponsor this wonderful project.

Ash trees that are more than 100-years-old will be crafted using only handtools. The trees were dead or dying and have been sourced from Hagley Park thanks to a partnership with Christchurch City Council (CCC) says Rekindle founder, Juliet Arnott.

“We’re so fortunate to create this work for the Arts Centre because it enables us to revere the history of beautiful local trees, to celebrate traditional craft and to generate creative opportunities for local people. The Arts Centre feels like such a suitable home for our work because they value these same opportunities.”

To achieve this commission, as well as grow local opportunities for greenwoodworking, Rekindle has invited Richard Hare – New Zealand’s leading Windsor chair maker – to come from Northland to work with a team of local woodworkers. Stephen Brailsford, a Tai Tapu woodsman and forester is also involved in sharing his expertise to support the initiative.

Work is well underway on the greenwood furniture at Rekindle’s new workshop at the Ferrymead Heritage Park.

“This work is part of Rekindle’s new initiative called Resourceful Ōtautahi, which focuses on encouraging use of resourceful skills and local materials that are undervalued. Being able to make what we need from what we have is something we all need to feel confident in. Resourceful Ōtautahi is all about using craft and local resources to experience how good it feels to be resourceful.”

Resourceful Ōtautahi has also received funding from CCC for a series of free week-day workshops at Rekindle’s pop-up craft workshop at 100 Peterborough Street. These recommenced in August 2017.

The restoration of Boys’ High is now complete and it is home to a growing number of independent, boutique retailers along with Pūmanawa – a new community exhibition space – and the Christchurch i-SITE Visitor Information Centre.


Driving & Parking

The Arts Centre has a limited number of 10 and 60 minute visitor carparks located at Market Square near the corner of Worcester Boulevard and Montreal Street.

Plenty of on-street metered parking is available near the Arts Centre, along with a number of off-street carparks.