Rewi Alley in China

28 Nov–3 Dec, 10am–5pm - Pūmanawa

Helping children in poverty, exploited workers and disaster victims were just some of the achievements of Rewi Alley – a Cantabrian whose life is celebrated in this exhibition.

Born in Springfield and a former pupil of Christchurch Boys’ High School when it was situated at the Arts Centre, Rewi Alley spent 60 years of his life in China until he passed away in Beijing.

He devoted his life to helping Chinese people in need, including founding the Bailie Technical School for children in poverty.

He is renowned for his contribution to the establishment of industrial co-operatives in the back countries of China during World War Two, and for being a pioneer for friendships between New Zealanders and the Chinese.


Find out more about this inspirational figure by visiting the exhibition, or at the New Zealand China Friendship Society website.

Free entry

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.