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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.

Ōtautahi’s great inner-city cultural revitalisation – Listen to RNZ’s Culture 101 Panel

Listen to RNZ’s Culture 101 panel discussion with Kiri Jarden, Steph Walker and Michael Bell about the city’s revitalisation in the arts space…
Events & Exhibitions
In the Black – Silivelio Fasi
Tagata Moana Trust and Fibre Gallery are pleased to present “In The Black” by Sāmoan visual artist Silivelio (Lio) Fasi. 
Pasifika, Visual Arts
Follow the Red Line…
Four kilometres of red fabric tape is being laid on footpaths in central Ōtautahi Christchurch this week, to guide people…
Sanctuary – Ōtautahi Creative Spaces
Sanctuary is an exhibition that explores the power of creativity for wellbeing, set within a cosy living room space, check…
Visual Arts
Summer Events – Something for Everyone
Summer is just around the corner and already it’s shaping up to be a stunner. There’s a full calendar of…
Life in Vacant Spaces Launches ‘Art Windows’ Campaign
LiVS announces a new campaign ‘LiVS Art Windows,’ which is raising funds to transform vacant spaces into vibrant art canvases…
Visual Arts
Creative NZ Reveals New Funding & Support for 2024
Register now for Creative NZ’s sessions on new funding opportunities and support on offer for artists, collectives and arts organisations…
Upcoming Events
02.12 2023

Lloyd Cole at The Piano

20:00 PM – 10:30 pm
Iconic singer-songwriter Lloyd Cole performs at The Piano – one night only…
The Piano
10.12 – 24.02 2023

Open Air

12:00 PM
The Arts Centre presents a summer programme – Open Air. A relaxed programme of events with wide appeal, running until…
The Arts Centre Te Matatiki Toi Ora, 2 Worcester Boulevard
10.12 2023

A Woolston Brass Christmas

15:30 PM – 4:15 pm
Open Air at The Arts Centre hosts the entire Woolston Brass Band for a special Christmas event…
The Arts Centre Te Matatiki Toi Ora, 2 Worcester Boulevard
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
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
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
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
Nga Toi Māori

Kā Kura, Kā Manu

Kā Kura Kā Manu, an exhibition dedicated to the importance of manu (birds), created by tamariki and hosted at Rei Gallery, Lyttelton The exhibition will begin b
Ngā Toi Māori, Visual Arts
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
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…
Ngā Toi Māori
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
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
Rei Art Collective
Rei is a newly Māori-operated art collective with a retail space located in Lyttleton – We speak to Noah Mackie…
Ngā Toi Māori
Arts Organisation, Spotlight On…
Māui Studios
Māui is a production studio capable across creative disciplines, sustainable business practice serving global partners with digital outcomes grounded in…
Ngā Toi Māori, Te Toi Ataata
Latest Opportunities

Call for Proposals – In Partnership Series – CMNZ

We are currently seeking proposals for our 2025 In Partnership Series from groups and solo musicians at all career stages…
Te Matatiki Toi Ora The Arts Centre 2024 Creative Residency Programme
Expressions of interest are sought from artists who wish to undertake a residency at Te Matatiki Toi Ora in 2024.
Artist in Residence | Research Exchange MAP
MAP is opening its annual residency program for 2024 at Sutton House on the edge of the Residential Red Zone in…
Copyright Licensing NZ Contestable Fund Grants – $75,000 Available – Apply Now!
Call for Applications! The CLNZ Contestable Fund Grants are open for 2023…
Michael King Writers Residencies – Applications Open Now
Michael King Writers’ Residencies applications are open now…
WIFT Awards 2024 – Get Nominating Now!
Nominations are open for the 2024 WIFT NZ Awards!!! This is your chance to shine a spotlight on women in…
Film and Moving Image
Ursula Bethell Writer in Residence
Published Ōtautahi writers can now apply for the 2024 Ursula Bethell Writer in Residence at the University of Canterbury
Year of the Arts 2023

Thinking Outside the Square….

Ōtautahi -Thinking Outside the Square is a campaign designed to celebrate our local artists and creatives and our city. This is Kopie Su’a-Hulsbosch…
Visual Arts
Year of the Arts 2023 – Celebrate Creativity!
Year of the Arts 2023 is here. Celebrating creativity in our city throughout the year.
Arts Access
Your Chance to Own a Toi Auaha Cup – Uniquely Created by Tatyanna Meharry
Get in quick for your own handcrafted Toi Auaha cup and help support the arts in Christchurch!
Craft & Object
Be Part of Year of the Arts 2023!
Let’s celebrate creativity in Ōtautahi with the 2023 Year of the Arts! Find out more here…
Literature, Music, Ngā Toi Māori, Pasifika, Performance, Visual Arts
Year of the Arts is Just Around the Corner…
Download resources for Year of the Arts 2023
Creatively Christchurch
Kōtaha Tangata
Beyond Ōtautahi
Central City
South-east part of christchurch


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


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


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.


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
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
Kaushik Kumar
We chatted with videographer Kaushik Kumar about launching his own video consultancy and his favourite places to visit in Ōtautahi.
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
Sophie Paterson and Charlotte Sherratt
Art enthusiasts Sophie Paterson and Charlotte Sherratt share how The Creators’ Room all started back in 2018.
Visual Arts
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

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 advice on how to best write a proposal.
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
How to Pitch an Idea – Irene Gardiner
SPADA President Irene Gardiner on how to pitch an idea for screen…
Arts Access
How to Make a Podcast – Noelle McCarthy
Broadcaster Noelle McCarthy on how to make a great podcast..
Arts Access
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
What You Need to Know About Copyright – Natasha Harris
Copyright expert Natasha Harris with all you need to know about copyright…
Arts Access
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Central City
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