Level 2: Back at The Arts Centre


Shop Local

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.

Skin Space: Natural and organic skincare and make-up collection crafted with care and authenticity by New Zealand & Australian makers. 

The Arts Centre Mākete: View the stall holders who are trading online. 

Dee Dee Thai MassageAn 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. 

BunsenTop 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.

RekindleSharing 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 Central Art Gallery: Dealer gallery in the heart of The Arts Centre Te Matatiki Toi Ora. Open normal hours, email art@thecentral.co.nz.

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.