A fresh take on floristry has arrived at the Arts Centre, with the opening of Christchurch-based start-up Bunch Floral on the first floor of the Boys’ High building.
The arrival of Bunch Floral is the result of clever match-making by Life in Vacant Spaces, an organisation that connects local creative entrepreneurs with temporarily vacant sites.
“Bunch Floral is a start-up business run by Alicia Erceg that has made great progress over the past few months,” says Life in Vacant Spaces director Jane Gregg.
“Taking this beautiful first floor space at the Arts Centre is the next step for Alicia. It gives her the chance to establish herself properly which we believe will give her the head-start she needs to transform Bunch Floral into a sustainable commercial business.”
Bunch Floral specialises in floral designs for weddings and events, creates bouquets for individuals and corporates, plus runs workshops to teach others the art of floristry.
“We aim to do things differently, use seasonal produce and reduce waste. Our creations are unconventional, unpretentious and striking in their simplicity,” Alicia says.
She goes to the flower markets each morning to source in-season wild and locally grown flora, with each unique piece of floral art inspired by nature.
Nurturing Christchurch start-ups is in line with the Arts Centre’s vision of creating a hub of creative entrepreneurs in the heart of the city, says Arts Centre Leasing Manager Louise Sutherland.
“We’re keen to do all we can to nurture new talent in Christchurch and being connected with Bunch Floral has given us a great opportunity to help someone’s business grow.
“It perfectly complements the other tenants in Boys’ High and, in terms of leasing this beautiful historic building, is the last piece of the puzzle.”
- Open seven days, 10am to 5pm
- Location: Level 1, Boys’ High building, 28 Worcester Boulevard
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Photo of Alicia by Charlotte Sowman Photography.
Bunch Floral at the Arts Centre is made possible by Life in Vacant Spaces.