Matariki Celebrations

21 June - 22 July 2018 - Whole Site

Matariki is the Māori name for the cluster of stars also known as the Pleiades. The cluster rises in mid-winter and heralds the start of a new year. The stars represent a time of seasonal change, the opportunity to reflect over the passing year, prepare ground for new growth and is a time for the community to celebrate.

The Arts Centre invites you to come together as a community / whānau to celebrate Matariki 2018 with a variety of activities at the Arts Centre from June 21 – July 22.


21 June – Time+Grid+Now, exhibition at The Central Art Gallery, 5.30pm

Veronica Herber is returning to Christchurch for her solo exhibition Time+Grid+Now at The Central. She creates intricate detail by ripping Washi tape and then layering to form a grid-like pattern on paper. Veronica will also be using Washi Tape to create installations in the Gallery windows to show just how versatile her medium can be.


22 & 29 June – Storytime with Scorpio Books, Level 1 Boys’ High, 28 Worcester Boulevard, 10:30am

Join Rachel Eadie from Scorpio Books reading great tales, myths and treasures from New Zealand books.


22 June – Two Productions Scratch Night, the Common Room (off North Quad), 5.30pm

Scratch Night is a one-off event where artists can test brand-new, partially-completed material with a live audience for the first time.


23 – 25 June – Veronica Herber Installation, Arts Centre site wide, daily

Exploring connection across the Arts Centre site Veronica Herber uses the medium of tape as a connector from Market Square to her exhibition at the Central Art Gallery.


24 June – Artist talk – Time+Grid+Now, The Central Art Gallery, 2:00pm

Hear from artist Veronica Herber about her exhibition and installation at the Arts Centre.


25 June – 8 July – UC presents The History of Old Chemistry, Pūmanawa community exhibition space, open daily 10:00am – 5:00pm.

This exhibition will explore the history of the Chemistry Department on site. It will include old chemistry objects, lots of photos and ephemera of this time.


3 July – Sea Change – Climate politics in New Zealand  – An evening with Bronwyn Hayward, UC Recital Room (entry from South Quad), 6:00pm


6 – 7 July – Storytime with Scorpio Books, Level 1 Boys’ High, 28 Worcester Boulevard, 4:30pm

Join Rachel Eadie from Scorpio Books reading great tales, myths and treasures from New Zealand books.


6 – 7 July – Matariki Night Markets, Arts Centre site wide, 4:00pm – 10:00pm

Not to be missed – performances from New Zealand singer songwriters, local talent, traditional kai including fish and chips, pavlova and arts, crafts, jewellery and more.


8 July – Kapa Haka, The Great Hall, 11:00am

A showcase of leading Ōtautahi Kapa Haka groups who will represent at Te Matatini 2019


9 – 23 July – Resourceful Skills Workshops by Rekindle, Pūmanawa community exhibition space, daily

Register now for workshops that involve learning skills that turn undervalued local resources into beautiful useful items you can take home. Visit for a list of workshops and to book.


16 July – New Music Central, UC Recital Room (off the South Quad), 7:00pm

This not-to-be-missed concert programme features international, national and local musicians who focus on innovative and modern music across all genres.


20 July – Winter Warmths – worldwide, UC Recital Room (off the South Quad), 1.10pm

Come along to hear part of the ‘Winter Warmths – worldwide’ series, featuring performances by UC Staff, students and guests.


22 July – UC and Arts Centre present Winter Series: Celestial Strings, The Great Hall, 2:00pm

Featuring cellist Erika Duke-Kirkpatrick (USA), with other special guests.


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.