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.

The Arts Centre Mākete

Every Sunday Market Square

At The Arts Centre Mākete you’ll find local artisans showcasing their quality, handmade goods – arts and crafts, freshly made delicacies, and more.


Fantastic Feasts

06 April 2019 - 23 February 2020 Chemistry

Explore food in the ancient world, examining what ancient Greeks and Romans ate, food-divinity connections, and their feasting traditions.


The Arts Centre Walking Tours

Every Saturday and Sunday Clock Tower

An entertaining guided walking tour led by local actors playing characters drawn from the rich history of this central Ōtautahi Christchurch heritage landmark.

Resourceful skills workshops

Throughout the year Boys’ High

Social enterprise Rekindle creates opportunities for resourcefulness, or making what we need from what we have around us, through a variety of workshops.

Great Hall Lunchtime Concert Series 2020

Beginning 17 February

Specific Monday's Great Hall

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

Reuben Paterson

21 November 2019 - 26 January 2020 Library

Reuben Paterson’s new works will irradiate The Central’s spaces with colour from late November to late January.


Leighs Construction Outdoor Cinema

24 January - 08 February 2020 North Quad

A dozen top films united by a sense of place are set to screen at the sizzling Leighs Construction Outdoor Cinema at The Arts Centre this summer.

Entry by donation

Personal Space

6 February to 4 March 2020 Great Hall

What do we call ‘Home’? What are our shared foundations and values? When you think about yours what does it look like, and what will it look like in the future? What does home mean to you?


Exhibition: Three + One

20 January to 2 February 2020 Boys’ High

An exhibition and working studio by artists
Maxine Burney (painting); Estelle Jarvis (fabric art); Kate Morrison (drawing, painting and other media); Helen Stevenson (basket making).

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

First floor, Boys’ High,

Worcester Boulevard

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