Rutherford's 150th anniversary

Celebrating the 150th anniversary of Ernest, Lord Rutherford's birth. Join us in commemorating the life and achievements of New Zealand's renowned Nobel Prize-winning physicist.

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Great Hall Lunchtime Concert Series 2021

Enjoy a remarkable line-up of renowned local, national and international artists performing in a beautiful heritage venue.

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Welcome to The Arts Centre Te Matatiki Toi Ora.

Dating back to 1877, The Arts Centre has a rich history and an exciting future.


Located in the heart of Ōtautahi Christchurch, The Arts Centre is an Aotearoa New Zealand landmark – home to galleries, museums, cinemas, boutique retailers, artisan eateries and bars, engaging events, stunning venues and much more.

Rutherford's 150th anniversary

Late August 2021 Rutherford’s Den

Celebrating the 150th anniversary of Ernest, Lord Rutherford's birth.


Friends Fundraising Film Night

Wednesday 11 August West Lecture

Join the Friends of the Arts Centre for a Fundraising Film Night in aid of The Arts Centre.


03 Sessions

Thursday 5 August 2021 The Gym

Hermione Johnson (AKL) with Reuben Derrick // Aonachd (Noel Meek & Jonty O'Connor) in a special pop-up 03 Session at The Gym


Dave Shepherd - Canterbury Scenes

Thursday 29 July to Sunday 29 August First floor, Boys’ High

Maxine Burney Studio/Gallery will display a special photography exhibition by local photographer and Arts Canterbury member, Dave Shepherd.

Free


Asher Newbery

Thursday 29 July - Sunday 29 August 2021 Library

Join The Central Art Gallery showcasing Lyttelton artist Asher Newbery.

Free


Surfacing by Emily Parr

31 July – 5 September 2021 Ground floor, Registry Additions

Surfacing is a Physics Room exhibition of large-scale 35mm film photographs by Emily Parr (Ngāi Te Rangi, Moana, Pākehā).

Free


A conversation with award-winning children's author Maria Gill

Currently writing a new children's book on Ernest Rutherford

Wednesday 1 September Clock Tower

Join author Maria Gill for a cup of tea and an interactive session on her latest project, a children’s novel about the life of Ernest Rutherford.

Free


The Russian World of Lord Rutherford

Tuesday 31 August 2021 Rutherford’s Den

Discover Ernest, Lord Rutherford's connection to Russia in this insightful presentation by Dr. Olga Suvorova

Free


Dramatic Skies 2: Cumulus by NZ Trio

Thursday 9 September Great Hall

Cumulus maps a dramatic voyage, from deep melancholy touched with hints of hope in the Grieg, through a quirky reflection of Ravel’s life and music from Schifrin’s unique point of view.


New Zealand-made homewares and gifts.

Frances Nation is a store specialising in Aotearoa New Zealand-made homewares and gifts of quality craftsmanship, authenticity and longevity.

Frances Nation Home

First floor, Boys’ High,

Worcester Boulevard

Open 7 days, 10:00AM - 5:00PM