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Nau Mai, Haere Mai
Mā te pohewa mā te auaha hoki, ka whakapuaki ngā kura e huna ana. With imagination and creativity a hidden jewel can be revealed. Welcome to Toi Ōtautahi.

Nau Mai, Welcome to Toi Ōtautahi – The virtual arts office for Ōtautahi, Christchurch.

Toi Ōtautahi is a partnership project between Christchurch City Council, Creative NZ, Rātā Foundation, Mana Whenua, and Manatū Taonga Ministry of Culture and Heritage.

Christchurch has produced some of this country’s best known and most celebrated artists and artworks, and Ōtautahi continues to be a place where innovation and radical creativity flourishes. We are unapologetic supporters and champions for the significant role the city and its creatives have played, and continue to play in Aotearoa.

We want this site to celebrate all that is creative in the city and its wider environs and we want you to be part of it. Whether you’re a creative, an organisation, an audience member, a supporter or a visitor to this city, let us know what we can do to help make Ōtautahi the best city for creativity in Aotearoa.

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Arts Organisation

The Piano’s New Director – Marcus Norman

Meet the new director of The Piano – Marcus Norman – as he tells us what’s in store for this iconic venue
Events & Exhibitions, Galleries, Studios & Venues
Group Show at Jonathan Smart Gallery
Thoughtform Shimmer – the new group show at Jonathan Smart Gallery. Don’t miss it!
Visual Arts
Events & Exhibitions
Kiran Dass – A Guide to This Year’s WORD Festival
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Events & Exhibitions
WORD Christchurch Festival 2024 Programme Announcement
WORD Christchurch Festival 2024 Programme Announcement! A dazzling array of words and performance takeover Ōtautahi Christchurch in August…
Events & Exhibitions
Lyttelton Arts Festival is Back!
The coolest festival in the coolest town! Lyttelton Arts Festival is back and better than ever…
Events & Exhibitions
Heads in the Cloud – An RDU Revival Rave
On the 20th July – Boxed Quarter will host a homecoming. A celebration of origins. Of electronica. Deejays. Rave. A…
Opportunities & Proposals
Call for Summer Theatre Proposals
Christchurch City Council is calling for proposals for the 2025 season of Anthony Harper Summer Theatre.
Upcoming Events
20.07 – 21.07 2024

Heads in the Cloud

5:00 PM
Heads in the Cloud – Featuring an all-star Deejay lineup. A celebration of origins. Of electronica. Deejays. Rave. A return…
Boxed Quarter – 270 St Asaph Street
17.08 2024

Go Live!

6:00 PM – 12:00 am
Returning to Christchurch Town Hall this winter, Go Live is serving up a huge music festival experience.
Christchurch Town Hall
Good to Know…

Civic Award Nominations Open Now

Nominations are open for Civic Awards – lets celebrate creativity in the city!
Events & Exhibitions
MAP Consultation Hui
Movement Art Practice is holding a consultation this Saturday for anyone who has an interest in the future of dance…
Events & Exhibitions
Laurence Fearnley in Conversation with Morrin Rout
Join novelist Laurence Fearnley in conversation with Morrin Rout at Scorpio Books on 10 July…
Authors, Literature
Events & Exhibitions
Heads in the Cloud – An RDU Revival Rave
On the 20th July – Boxed Quarter will host a homecoming. A celebration of origins. Of electronica. Deejays. Rave. A…
Events & Exhibitions
Jenna Heller Book Launch
Jenna Heller Book Launch ‘The End of the Beginning’ at Scorpio Books June 13
Events & Exhibitions
Hopurangi – at Scorpio Books
Scorpio Books launches Robert O’Sullivan’s new collection of poetry: Hopurangi.
Latest Opportunities
Opportunities & Proposals

Ōtautahi is Flash – Share Your Words with WORD!

WORD Christchurch presents ‘Ōtautahi is Flash’ – Share your Christchurch with us in a super-short snippet of writing and be a part of a special mural project at The Crossing…
Opportunities & Proposals
Are You a Creative Communicator? Apply for the Styx Trust Residency
River care group, the Styx Living Laboratory Trust, invites Canterbury-based artists to apply for its upcoming 2024/25 Creative Communicator programme
Opportunities & Proposals
Sculpt Nature -Applications Open
Apply now to be part of the second annual Sculpt Nature Competition taking place from 18-27 October this year in…
Opportunities & Proposals
Apply Now for The White Room Art Facilitator Role
The White Room is looking for a new art facilitator to help plan and deliver outreach events, workshops and exhibitions.
Arts Access
Events & Exhibitions, Opportunities & Proposals
(Artist) Life School: Professional Practice Panel – Sustainable Making and Conscious Practice
May’s (Artist) Life School is a professional practice panel – with a range of artists for whom sustainability is a…
Opportunities & Proposals
Fiksate Gallery has Artist Studios Available
Get in touch with Fiksate Gallery about its Artist Studios, which are now available…
Arts Access, Visual Arts
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