Brave Caitlin Smith's Imaginary Band

Caitlin Smith is a mesmerising performer, song-poet and story singer. Legally blind since birth, she is a tireless advocate for accessibility issues and the healing and transformative power of creativity.

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Become an Arts Centre Ambassador

We are seeking volunteers to meet, welcome and inform visitors about The Arts Centre.

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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.

What's behind the door? Architecture at The Arts Centre

15 & 16 May 2021 School of Art

An educational programme which is part of OPEN CHCH, ideally suited for young people aged 8 -12 years old who are interested in architecture. 

A Multisensory Meander with Jo Burzynska

Saturday 22 May 2021 North Quad

Join multisensory artist and researcher, Jo Burzynska on a playful pedestrian exploration of urban space guided not by the eye or down well-trodden paths, but by the non-visual senses.

Open Christchurch 2021

15 & 16 May 2021 Arts Centre wide

Open Christchurch is a one-weekend-only festival of exceptional architecture.


Great Hall Lunchtime Concert Series 2021

Specific Mondays Great Hall

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

Micro Mosaics Class

Wednesday 5 May and Wednesday 2 June School of Art

Make a Mosaic Pendent. Join us for these beginners-intermediate adult mosaic classes.

Entry by donation


15 April – 30 May 2021 Ground floor, Registry Additions

The Physics Room presents Bedrock by Emerita Baik, Maia McDonald, and Nââwié Tutugoro


Simon Edwards Picturesque

15 April - 16 May 2021 Library

Riffing in the continuum between wilderness sublime and the beautifully balanced peaceful, is Simon Edwards’ new exhibition Picturesque.


Art Of The Record

Monday 17 – Sunday 23 May First floor, Boys’ High

The NZ Music Commission are presenting, an exhibition of album artwork by NZ artists and musicians to celebrate the art of recorded music, coinciding with the 21st anniversary of NZ Music Month. 


FromThePit 2021

Tuesday 25 - Sunday 30 May First floor, Boys’ High

FromThePit is an annual curated exhibition of music photography featuring images of New Zealand musicians captured by some of the best music photographers in the country.


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