Level 2: Back at The Arts Centre
These independent retailers are open. They have physical distancing, contact tracing and cleaning protocols in place. Go on, do something you haven't done for weeks: go into a shop and say kia ora, hello. Online shopping continues, too.
Frances Nation: Beautiful quality wares by New Zealand craftspeople, including knives, woodwork, weaving, shoes, hats, gloves and skincare.
Indigo and Provisions: Ditch fast fashion, choose clothing, accessories, homeware and lifestyle products built to last.
Pepa Stationery: Brighten your day and spread kindness to others with gorgeous stationery from around the world. Although the shop's open, Pepa is continuing its offer of NZ-wide free shipping for online orders.
The Arts Centre Mākete: View the stall holders who are trading online.
Dee Dee Thai Massage: An independent traditional Thai (Naud) massage therapy service.
Movies & Performance
Lumiere: Boutique cinemas and Bijou Bar. Vouchers and five-trip cards available. Lumiere is open, and welcomes you back. Measures are in place to keep you safe. Screenings from the French Film Festival coming up! Updates: @lumierecinemasnz on Facebook and Instagram.
Social Dis-dance: The Arts Centre won't be hosting live indoor performance in May, but we have a participatory artwork by local artists Audrey Baldwin and Samuel Lewis developing all over the site that you can be a part of!
Food and Drink
Local hospitality businesses have to meet stringent requirements so everyone stays safe. Some of them are taking a few days to make sure everything's shipshape.
Bunsen: Top quality coffee, breakfast, lunch and in-betweens from the Switch Espresso Family. Open Wednesdays to Sundays. Updates: @bunsenltd on Facebook, @bunsen.chch on Instagram.
Cellar Door: Open for fresh seasonal food complemented by local and international wines, craft beer, cocktails and spirits. Comparative wine tasting flights are a highlight. Bookings are essential at the moment. Updates: @cellardoornz on Facebook, @cellardoor.nz on Instagram
Fudge Cottage: Finest handcrafted artisan fudge from a traditional family recipe. Updates: @fudgecottagenz on Facebook.
The Rolling Om: This food wagon is a legend and it's back.
Bleu des Crepes: Authentic French crepes using organic, locally-sourced ingredients.
Zen Sushi and Dumplings: Happiness is here, now, and ready to satisfy your craving for fresh sushi and dumplings. Updates: @zen.sushi.and.dumplings on Facebook.
Creativity & Connection
Absolution: Professional body-piercing, tattoo studio and exhibitions. If you had a booking during lockdown, the team will be in touch to reschedule very soon!
#backattheartscentre photo competition. Enter to WIN a $100 voucher to an Arts Centre retailer of your choice.
Kete Whānau: Creative family-oriented resources and activities devised by staff of The Arts Centre Te Matatiki Toi Ora.
Rekindle: Sharing resourceful craft skills to create what we need from what we have. Free online Making Together, spoon-carving & basket-weaving sessions. Online workshops. Spoon-carving tools & greenwood spoon blanks for sale. Stay up-to-date by subscribing to the e-newsletter.
Teece Museum of Classical Antiquities: Come and explore a slice of history through ancient Greek and Roman artefacts. Open normal hours as of 30 May.
The Physics Room: A contemporary art space dedicated to developing and promoting contemporary art and critical discourse in Aotearoa New Zealand. Open from 20 May; check website for Level 2 hours.
Help The Arts Centre
More than ever we are short of money to pay the bills.
We are a charitable trust, and rely solely on grants and fundraising to fulfil our mission as a centre of creativity for the people of Christchurch and its visitors.
If you have a few dollars to spare, please donate to us.