Creative Residences


The Creative Residences is

  1. a place where creatives stay and create work through the Creative in Residence Programme
  2. an AirBNB location for the public to enjoy during the months of December to March, and
  3. a hub for creative people and organisations to stay and  make connections with the creative community in Otautahi Christchurch

Contemporary comfort meets exquisite history in this beautiful heritage space. Located upstairs in the West Lecture building (1917), the creative residences are a place where you can enjoy all The Arts Centre and central Christchurch has to offer.

There are four large, beautifully appointed double bedrooms with private bathrooms. The modern living, dining and kitchen spaces with an additional study nook and a balcony are shared and the accommodation is wheelchair accessible.

Creative in Residence programmes

The Creative in Residence programme fosters creative, intellectual and professional growth for creative people with big ideas who want to develop them. The programme supports development of new projects, a forum for dialogue and opportunities for people to engage with new ideas, experiences and each other.

The Creative in Residence programme is NOW CLOSED for 2021. For more information, click here. The 2021 programme has been funded by Creative New Zealand and Stout Trust, proudly managed by Perpetual Guardian.  

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If you don't wish to apply for a residency, we are still keen to hear from individuals and organisations wishing to financially support or partner in Creative in Residence programmes at The Arts Centre. Please contact us by email.

Airbnb in the Creative Residence

For most of the year the Creative Residence is home to an array of talented travelling artists and academics.

But right now until March 2021, you have the rare opportunity to experience it yourself! For more information, click here.

A hub for creatives

As a hub for creatives or creative organisations visiting the city, the rates are:

For creative organisations and businesses

  • $180 + GST per room per night
  • $1120 + GST per week (seven nights)

For creative non-profit organisations and individuals

  • $140 + GST per room per night
  • $680 + GST per week (seven nights)

Rates for longer term stays may be negotiated. Check-in is generally between 2.00pm and 6.00pm. Check-out is by 10.00am. Luggage storage may also be arranged.


The residencies were relaunched in 2019 with critically acclaimed Kiwi songwriter, musician, vocalist and producer Bic Runga who completed a two-part residency including a songwriting workshops and a concert in the Great Hall.

Prior to the earthquakes a Creative Residencies programme had been thriving at The Arts Centre for more than 10 years. There were two artist-in-residence apartments, one of which was for the Olivia Spencer Bower Award winner and the other for shorter residencies.

Residents included a broad range of local, regional, national and international artists such as Michel Tuffery (visual arts), Raewyn Hill (dance), Michael Brennand-Wood from the United Kingdom (visual arts), Mahinarangi Tocker (music), Lauren Lysart (visual arts), Zoe Roland (film), Tim Main (object art), Charlotte Yates (music), Amy X Neuburg from the United States of America (music) and Areta Wilkinson (visual arts/jewellery).


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Location map

West Lecture,
Worcester Boulevard

Market Square South Quad North Quad Registry Student Union The Gym Engineering Common Room Library Biology, Observatory and Physics Chemistry School of Art West Lecture Classics Rutherford's Den Clock Tower Boy's High Workshop Great Hall