Backstage Social Club

Backstage Social Club is a new home for arts in Christchurch and the place to be in festival season.

Absolution body adornment studio

Absolution body adornment studio has returned to the central city.

The Arts Centre - Main Office

Arts Centre Management, including the CEO and Rutherford's Den teachers.

Map showing what's open and where

Use this map to find your way around the Arts Centre that is progressively re-opening to the public.


Specialists in executive appointments, human resources consulting and leadership development.


This cosy cafe dishes up delicious coffee and cabinet food, along with à la carte menus for kids and adults.

The Central Art Gallery

Leading Christchurch gallerist Jonathan Smart's central city exhibition and selling gallery.

Curator's Deli

Delicious winter soups and stews, deli meats, European-style sandwiches, salads and off licence.


Our interactive Rutherford's Den education programme is curriculum linked.

Frances Nation

Frances Nation specialises in New Zealand-made homewares and quality gifts.

The Fudge Cottage

The Fudge Cottage has returned 'home' to the Boys’ High building.

Historic buildings

The Arts Centre is home to 23 separate historic buildings.

Historic Buildings

Find out more about the history and restoration of our heritage buildings.

i-SITE Visitor Information Centre

Christchurch's i-SITE Visitor Information Centre is located on Worcester Boulevard.

Next Bikes

Central city bike share - rent, ride, return

Pepa Stationery

Getting the world to write more: Pepa stationery boutique is now open at the Arts Centre.

The Physics Room – office

A contemporary art space dedicated to developing and promoting art and critical discourse.

Mel & Sal at Popology

Mel & Sal is a collaboration between an interior designer and a clothing designer.

Public spaces

North Quad & Great Hall - open to the public

Pūmanawa – community exhibition space

Artists and arts organisations can book this beautiful community exhibition space in Boys' High.

Rhodes & Associates

Quantity surveyors and cost consultants that have the Arts Centre among their clients.

Rollickin Gelato

Open until 10pm during the World Buskers Festival.

The Rolling Om

Street food truck that serves fresh and quality food

SCAPE Public Art

SCAPE installs public art all year round, while also maintaining a focus on premier public art events.

Shopology – a shopfront for creatives

Shopology opens on 1 October, providing retail space for local creative entrepreneurs.

Soul Jewellery

Soul in the heart of the city - beautifully hand-crafted sterling silver and semi-precious stone jewellery,

Teece Museum of Classical Antiquities 

New exhibition Beyond the Grave open now.

Two Productions

Innovative theatre company Two Productions brings performance and education to the site.

UC Music and Classics

UC's Music and Classics departments are based at the Arts Centre.

Visiting us

Location, what's open, parking and visiting hours.


Workology is a shared working space for creative people

Zen Sushi & Dumplings

Freshly prepared sushi and dumplings