Rekindle’s new home at the Arts Centre

12 June 2018

ekindle will be making the Arts Centre its home on 21 June as it takes residency for a six-month licence under the Life in Vacant Spaces scheme (LiVS). The tenancy gives Rekindle the opportunity to re-establish its Resourceful Skills workshops and bring back craft to the Arts Centre and city centre.

Rekindle’s relationship with the Arts Centre began last year when the Arts Centre commissioned a communal table and benches for the level 1 landing in the Boys’ High building. The table was installed in February 2018 and was made using Ash logs sourced from Hagley Park, gifted to Rekindle by Christchurch City Council.

Jane Parfitt, Acting CEO of the Arts Centre, said Rekindle’s residency is a perfect fit for the Arts Centre.

“The traditional methods used by Rekindle’s craftspeople are a wonderful addition to our arts community and the Life in Vacant Spaces Scheme aligns perfectly with the Arts Centre’s vision to be a home for creative entrepreneurs and a nurturing environment for start-ups,” says Parfitt.

Rekindle will be using the Arts Centre tenancy to offer greater access to its evening and weekend Resourceful Skills workshops which include lessons on traditional spoon carving, basket weaving, peg making, stool making and more. The group also hope to make their home at The Arts Centre a place to support their craftspeople with a more formal workshop environment.

Juliet Arnott, Director of Rekindle, says they are delighted to be taking residency at the Arts Centre with the support of LiVS.

“We have long hoped to be at the Arts Centre, as we strongly believe in craft being an essential and prominent part of our city. We hope to provide many opportunities for Cantabrian’s to become involved in craft, including activities during the school holidays for young people to learn the art of traditional  greenwood-working methods as well as free public workshops,” says Arnott.

Rekindle is a social enterprise that creates opportunities for resourcefulness. Focusing on transforming undervalued resources through care, connection and craft; this being the opposite of wastefulness. Being resourceful is both good for us and good for the earth upon whose finite resources we depend. Resourcefulness requires us to utilise and value our inner resources and our ability to access to what we need for lives we value. Being truly resourceful connects us within communities as we share the resources we have.

Since the beginning of Rekindle in 2011 in Auckland, then Christchurch, Rekindle have run various different projects that have been inherently focused on resourcefulness; some small, some as big as a whole house.



To arrange an interview with Juliet Arnott, Director of Rekindle or Jane Parfitt, Acting CEO of the Arts Centre, please contact Rebecca Kinraid on 021 0296 3402 or

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