Sponsor handmade greenwood furniture for Boys’ High



Boys’ High building

The former 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 currently houses the Christchurch i-SITE Visitor Information Centre and the Department of Conservation information and booking office. A community exhibition space and art gallery will open soon, complemented by artisan retailers.

Once opened, the new activities will drive significant foot traffic to Boys’ High and bring back the pre-earthquake buzz of activity. People will want to linger a while and soak up the heritage atmosphere, and so there is a need for public seating. Fixtures and fittings were not covered by our earthquake settlement, and so we are seeking to partner on this project.

Public sitting area

Planned to be handcrafted from 100-year-old windfall ash wood from Hagley Park by the local Rekindle group, this unique furniture is destined for the first-floor public area of Boys’ High to create a comfortable meeting spot. Sponsor this activity and leave a long-lasting statement which will be appreciated for years to come by weary visitors to the Arts Centre.


The sponsorship for this unique set of furniture is $7,500 plus GST. As well as some signage in the area where the seating will be located, your donation will be widely recognised in various places, including on the Arts Centre website, in the annual report and in our e-newsletter.


Rekindle’s latest project is Resourceful Ōtautahi, where traditional crafting skills are being taught to local people in Christchurch. Part of the sponsorship funding will be used to fund international expertise to develop the team of local craftspeople.

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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