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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.
Features

Christmas Trees… With a Twist..

Check out the Christmas tree art installation by Jen Alexander in City Mall…
Visual Arts
Hamish Kilgour 1957 – 2022
Remembering Hamish Kilgour.
Music
SHIFT – Urban Art Takeover of the Museum
A who’s who of the urban art scene from Aotearoa New Zealand and overseas will flock to Ōtautahi Christchurch in…
Street Art, Visual Arts
An Exciting New Era for Artists – Toi Auaha to Open in December
A new era of artists in the city is about to begin! 17 local artists who applied for studio space…
Arts Access, Fashion and Design, Literature, Ngā Toi Māori, Visual Arts
Sweat Equity – The Big Idea
Read The Big Idea’s story on the new Public Art season of SCAPE – curated by our own Jamie Hanton
Visual Arts
Calling All Flying Nun Fans!
Join WORD Christchurch’s KIran Dass in conversation with author Matthew Goody and Flying Nun luminaries Roy Montgomery, Bruce Russell and…
Literature, Music
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
Nga 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 Kauae – My Story Of Moko Kauae.’
Literature, Ngā Toi Māori
InterviewFeatured
Shaping Stories – An Interview with Tainui Stephens
Tainui Stephens talks to Zara Potts about the importance of telling our stories, in our own ways.
ProfileFeatured
Carving Future Pathways – Damian Mackie
Ta Moko practitioner and carver, Damian Mackie, teaches rangatahi the art of whakairo at the Whakaraupō Carving Centre in Lyttelton.
Ngā Toi Māori, Whakairo
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
Creatively Christchurch
Miriama Kamo – Writer and Broadcaster
Writer and broadcaster Miriama Kamo
InterviewFeatured
Megan Tamati Quennell – Curating Ngā Toi Māori
Te Papa Curator of Modern and Contemporary Māori and Indigenous Art, Megan Tamati Quennell talks to Zara Potts about the…
Ngā Toi Māori, Te Toi Ataata, Visual Arts
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
Latest Opportunities
Opportunities & Proposals

Matariki Exhibition 2023 – Call for Applications

Te Matatiki Toi Ora The Arts Centre is calling for expressions of interest from emerging and early-career Māori visual artists, to showcase their works in a group exhibition.
Ngā Toi Māori
Opportunities & Proposals
Te Matatiki Toi Ora The Arts Centre Creative Residency Programme 2023 -Applications Open
Apply now for Te Matatiki Toi Ora The Arts Centre’s Creative Residency Programme
Arts Access
Opportunities & Proposals
Proposals Open at Eastside Gallery
Proposals are now open at Eastside Gallery…
Visual Arts
Opportunities & Proposals
Applications Open for The LiVS Incubator Project
Life in Vacant Spaces is looking for applicants for their latest project, The LiVS Incubator Project…
Arts Access
Opportunities & Proposals
Helping New Brighton Thrive – LiVS Trial to Increase Community Creativity
Help New Brighton thrive! Making The Roy Stokes Hall a creative community hub…
Arts Access
Opportunities & Events
Ngā Takunetanga
09.12 2022

50s Up Brass presents The Christmas Variety Concert

14:00 PM – 3:30 pm
50s Up Brass along with their special guest artists present their annual sell out Christmas concerts.
The Cashmere Club, 88 Hunter Tce
10.12 2022

Free Art Saturdays!

14:30 PM – 4:30 pm
Free Art Saturdays in December: Use bright transparent inks to make flower art and/or cards with Maree.
Eastside Gallery
10.12 2022

Big Laughs – Pro Comedy Night

20:00 PM – 10:00 pm
Good Times Comedy Club presents your weekly taste of BIG laughs from PRO comedians!
Good Times Comedy Club, 224 Saint Asaph Street, Christchurch
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
Resources
Resource

How to Pitch an Idea – Irene Gardiner

SPADA President Irene Gardiner on how to pitch an idea for screen…
Arts Access
Resource
How to Make a Podcast – Noelle McCarthy
Broadcaster Noelle McCarthy on how to make a great podcast..
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
Resource
How to Write a Press Release – Zara Potts
Communications specialist Zara Potts on how to write an effective press release..
Arts Access
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