Sponsor handmade greenwood furniture for Boys’ High



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

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 and you can sponsor it for $7,500 plus GST.

Sponsor benefits include:

  • signage beside the furniture
  • your logo on the Arts Centre website (average of 10,000 hits per month)
  • your name in the Arts Centre Annual Report
  • recognition in the Arts Centre e-newsletter (circulation 2,000).

Rekindle is a Christchurch-based social enterprise that recycles dead or dying trees into handcrafted furniture.

About the Boys’ High building

The Boys’ High building on Worcester Boulevard has been fully and carefully restored following the Canterbury earthquakes, and will soon be fully reopened to the public.

It houses a growing number of tenants, including the Christchurch i-SITE Visitor Information Centre, Pūmanawa community exhibition space, Fudge Cottage and Soul Jewellery.

The businesses are driving significant foot traffic to Boys’ High, meaning there is a need for public seating. Fixtures and fittings were not covered by our earthquake settlement which is why we are seeking to partner on this project.


Rekindle’s latest project is Resourceful Ōtautahi, where traditional crafting skills are being taught to local people in Christchurch.

Part of your sponsorship funding will be used to fund international expertise to develop this team of local craftspeople.

Rekindle image gallery

This furniture speaks to the need for kaitiakitangi, for us to act as guardians of valuable local materials and the craft histories that enable us to harness their beauty, so that these skills can be shared with future generations.

The furniture is being made using traditional skills and hand tools. It is a labour-intensive task, which produces strong and durable furniture which will have good longevity.

Donated ash tree logs being delivered – they are over 100 years old.


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