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Akaroa exhibition tells story of sacred site

A dawn ceremony will herald the opening of a new exhibition, He Ara Roimata ki te Anamata – Takapūneke, our journey, our survivance, at Akaroa Museum this weekend…
Events & Exhibitions
Hester Ullyart Presents THE ALL CLEAR
Hester Ullyart presents THE ALL CLEAR . Joined by a talented stronghold of Ōtautahi musicians, this is the debut performance…
Performance
News
Advocacy for Arts – Creative New Zealand’s Advice Around Long Term Planning
Check out CNZ’s guide to the LTP process – outlining the benefits of investment, and suggests ways councils can work…
Arts Access
Events & Exhibitions
WORD Christchurch Presents Sinéad Gleeson: Islands, Art & Identity
Bestselling Irish author Sinéad Gleeson joins WORD Christchurch’s Programme Director Kiran Dass in conversation. 
Authors, Literature
News
Moider Mother’s Debut Album Out This Week
Post punk family band, Moider Mother, release their debut album on 20th April and will play live at the Flying…
Music
Events & Exhibitions
Fred and Myrtle’s Paua Shell House Returns – in Virtual Form
Fred and Myrtle’s Paua Shell House is back as a virtual tour. The new interactive experience means visitors to Canterbury…
News
Flying Nun Returns to Christchurch
Flying Nun Records is coming home to Christchurch! On April 20 & 21 -Check out the Pop-Up store before the…
Music
Upcoming Events
04.05 – 05.05 2024

Open Christchurch

10:00 AM
With 50 open buildings, 4 guided walks, 3 landscapes, 3 special events and over 40 activities (from expert talks and…
Various Locations
12.05 2024

Hester Ullyart Presents The All Clear

7:00 PM – 10:00 pm
Hester Ullyart presents THE ALL CLEAR . Joined by a talented stronghold of Ōtautahi musicians Reuben Derrick, Hannah Everingham and…
Space Academy, St Asaph St
13.05 2024

WORD ChCh Presents Sinéad Gleeson: Islands, Art & Identity

6:00 PM – 7:00 pm
Bestselling Irish author Sinéad Gleeson’s new novel Hagstone is a beautifully written and hauntingly atmospheric look at human nature, the mysteries of faith…
TSB Space, Tūranga
23.05 2024

Accounting for Creatives – Free Advice Sessions

12:00 PM – 5:00 pm
Toi Auaha is pleased to host Chartered Accountant Anthony Rohan (Antz) from Fairground Accounting for a free session of 1-day…
Toi Auaha
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Opportunities & Proposals

Book Your Free Session for Accounting for Creatives Now!

Toi Auaha is pleased to host Chartered Accountant Anthony Rohan (Antz) from Fairground Accounting for a 1-day Open-Office session. Book your free spot now!
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
Opportunities & Proposals
Entries for World of Wearable Art Competition Close April 24… Get Your Entries in!
Entries for 2024’s WOW competition are open until April 24. Get your entry in!
Fashion and Design
Opportunities & Proposals
Call for Artists… A Eulogy to Tobacco
Local artists are invited to submit work on a ‘Eulogy to Tobacco’ by March 15…
Opportunities & Proposals
Creative NZ is Hiring – Practice Adviser – Ngā Toi Māori | Kaiwhakamahere Ritenga, Ngā Toi Māori
Applications are open for Ngā Toi Māori Practice Advisor – Bring your knowledge of Ngā Toi Māori to Creative NZ…
Ngā Toi Māori
Opportunities & Proposals
Artists in Residence | Dancers in Ōtautahi, Christchurch
Apply now for MOVE’s Dance Residency – a fully-funded seven-day creative experience for dance groups ready to elevate their craft
Dance
Opportunities & Proposals
Apply Now! Lead Practice Adviser – Pacific Arts | Kaiārahi Whakamahere Ritenga, Ngā Toi o Te Moana nui a Kiwa
Applications are open for a Lead Practice Advisor Pacific Arts role at Creative NZ…
Pasifika
Nga Toi Māori

Tia Barrett on Identity and Unbroken Connections…

Writer Matt Calman talks to artist Tia Barrett about her evocative moving imagery that celebrates her wahine Māori identity and echoes the connections to her tūpuna and whenua..
Ngā Toi Māori
ProfileFeatured
NZ On Screen Spotlight On… Marlon Williams
NZ On Screen Spotlight On… Marlon Williams
Music
Te Whare Tapere
Te Whare Tapere, a space run by Māori artists for Māori artists and beyond Māori artists at Te Matatiki Toi…
Ngā Toi Māori
Tā Moko – The Fine Art of Surfacing
Phil Vine meets Ariana Tikao and her whānau and discovers the beautiful story behind ‘Mokorua: Ngā Kōrero Mō Tōku Moko…
Literature, Ngā Toi Māori
Opportunities & Proposals
Creative NZ is Hiring – Practice Adviser – Ngā Toi Māori | Kaiwhakamahere Ritenga, Ngā Toi Māori
Applications are open for Ngā Toi Māori Practice Advisor – Bring your knowledge of Ngā Toi Māori to Creative NZ…
Ngā Toi Māori
Creatively Christchurch
Miriama Kamo – Writer and Broadcaster
Writer and broadcaster Miriama Kamo
FeatureFeatured
Matariki is Not a Pak’n’Save Special – Juanita Hepi
Juanita Hepi ‘Matariki is Not a Pak ‘n’ Save Special
Literature, Mātātuhi, Ngā Toi Māori
Toi Auaha

Meet the Creatives at Toi Auaha – Fourth Floor

Meet the creatives at Toi Auaha – This week, we speak to the team behind brand and web design studio, Fourth Floor.
Graphic Design
News
Meet the Creatives at Toi Auaha: Brooke Hammond
Brooke Hammond is a designer, pattern maker, artist and fashion label owner who is based in Toi Auaha. She spoke…
Design, Fashion
News
Artists at Toi Auaha – Meet Janneth Gil
Meet the artists and creatives in the studio spaces at Toi Auaha – Janneth Gil is a photographer and artist…
Visual Arts
Meet the Creatives at Toi Auaha – Brooke Hammond
Meet the creatives at Toi Auaha – Brooke Hammond is a designer, pattern maker, artist and fashion label owner…
Fashion and Design
Meet the Creatives at Toi Auaha – Alice Spittle
Alice Spittle is a Māori contemporary artist who has a studio at Toi Auaha  – here she talks about what…
Ngā Toi Māori
News
Meet the Creatives at Toi Auaha – Chloe Summerhayes
Meet the artists at Toi Auaha. Chloe Summerhayes is a visual artist and she speaks to us about where she…
Visual Arts
Meet The Artists at Toi Auaha – Elizabeth Moyle
A series on the artists and creatives at Toi Auaha: Meet visual artist Elizabeth Moyle…
Visual Arts
Feature Stories

Tax Time for Creatives…

A few tips to help make doing your tax return slightly less… taxing.
InterviewFeatured
An Afternoon with Jordan Luck
Jordan Luck talks about the early days in Ōtautahi and what it is about the place that inspires him
Music
News
Artists at Toi Auaha – Meet Janneth Gil
Meet the artists and creatives in the studio spaces at Toi Auaha – Janneth Gil is a photographer and artist…
Visual Arts
Interview, ProfileFeatured
Al Park – A Lyttelton Legend
Lyttelton legend and all round good guy, Al Park, talks to Zara Potts about his early days in Christchurch and…
Music
News
Coffee Cups of the World
Christchurch’s Henry Hargreaves’ fantastic coffee cup art is a breath of fresh air in your Instagram feed!
Visual Arts
News, Partner Content
Christchurch Post-punk Story Map
Our friends at AudioCulture have mapped Christchurch’s late-70’s extraordinary vibrant alternative music scene, looking at the post-punk places where music…
Music
Interview
Dancing to Her Own Tune – Fleur de Thier
Choreographer Fleur de Thier talks about her work ‘The Case of the…’
Dance, Performance
Artist Life School
Resource

Artist Life School – Budgeting for Wellbeing

NOTES FROM (ARTIST) LIFE SCHOOL: Budgeting for wellbeing with Khye Hitchcock on 16 September 2021
Artist Life School – How to Write a Proposal
Proposal writing is not an exact science. It’s very subjective… in this Artist Life School, Kim Paton has some excellent…
Arts Access
Resource
Artist Life School – Pay Your Taxes!
ARTIST LIFE SCHOOL: Tax for creatives with Margot Van De Water on 31 March 2022
Arts Access
Artist Life School – Talking About Your Work
Artist Life School seminars bring together contemporary artists to further develop professional skills – Emma Fitts has some great advice…
Education & WorkshopsFeatured
(Artist) Life School Workshop: How to Pack and Store Your Art
In this session of (Artist) Life School our guest speaker Lydia Baxendell will be sharing expert advice, practical tips and…
Arts Administration, Visual Arts
(Artist) Life School: Professional Practice Panel
Join us at (Artist) Life School for a panel discussion about working processes, professional development and the pathways for contemporary…
Resources for Creatives
Resource

How to Make a Podcast – Noelle McCarthy

Broadcaster Noelle McCarthy on how to make a great podcast..
Arts Access
Resource
How to Write a Press Release – Zara Potts
Communications specialist Zara Potts on how to write an effective press release..
Arts Access
Resource
What To Do With Your Unpublished Manuscript – Steve Braunias
Steve Braunias with some excellent tips on what to do and what NOT to do with the unpublished manuscript sitting…
Arts Access
Resource
What You Need to Know About Copyright – Natasha Harris
Copyright expert Natasha Harris with all you need to know about copyright…
Arts Access
Creatively Christchurch
Kōtaha Tangata
Neighbourhood
Tonga
Raki
Beyond Ōtautahi
Hauauru
Rāwhiti 
Central City
South-east part of christchurch

Tonga

The South of Christchurch is bursting with creativity from independent galleries, amazing street art and a vibrant music scene in Lyttelton. Creatives of all kinds have made the south their home in years past and continue to do so today.
North Ōtautahi

Raki

Take a stroll down Victoria Street to see some iconic murals that have become synonymous with Ōtautahi. As well as street art, you’ll find poetry installations and public art to lift the soul.
Beyond Ōtautahi

Beyond Ōtautahi

Amazing galleries from Akaroa to Oxford and communities of creative craftspeople and artists of all disciplines can be found just outside the city…
West Ōtautahi

Hauauru

The city’s west side is home to historic and contemporary galleries and further west you’ll find contemporary works and studios from Riccarton to the Airport. It’s an area that’s home to a variety of creative disciplines and creative communities.
Rawhiti

Rāwhiti 

So much creativity has had its start in the East of the city – the area is as diverse as the art forms that have sprung from it. Painter Rita Angus, Poet Denis Glover, Singers Scribe and Ladi6, Filmmaker Ramai Hayward, Writer Keri Hulme, Flying Nun’s Roger Shepherd… and that’s just the beginning.
Central City

Central City

The city has some amazing new venues, majestic heritage spaces, a range of contemporary and traditional galleries, amazing public art installations and a enviable street art culture.
Who's in Your Neighbourhood – With thanks to Publica
Feature, InterviewFeatured

Jacob Yikes, Multi-Disciplinary Artist

Jacob Yikes tells us about his path to becoming a full-time artist, street art in Ōtautahi and his favourite local spots.
Paint and Print, Street Art, Visual Arts
Feature, InterviewFeatured
Ella Ward, Young Ōtautahi Artist
Young Ōtautahi artist, Ella Ward, tells us about her experience as a young artist and the mural she created for…
Paint and Print, Visual Arts
InterviewFeatured
Bevan Whiting and Andrew Veitch
The founders of Frontal Lobe talk about turning their passion for sustainability and design from a side hustle into a…
Craft & Object, Design
Interview
Kaushik Kumar
We chatted with videographer Kaushik Kumar about launching his own video consultancy and his favourite places to visit in Ōtautahi.
FeatureFeatured
Hine, Owner of Hinerewa Art Tā Moko Studio
Owner of Hinerewa Art Tā Moko Studio in New Brighton shares her inspiring story of becoming a tā moko artist.
Visual Arts
Interview
Sophie Paterson and Charlotte Sherratt
Art enthusiasts Sophie Paterson and Charlotte Sherratt share how The Creators’ Room all started back in 2018.
Visual Arts
Interview
Anaïs Guennoc
Anaïs Guennoc shares how her career moved from rebuilding Ōtautahi to opening her own interior architecture studio and what she…
Design, Fashion and Design
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