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Arguably, Aotearoa's modern art movement began here. Many of our most influential visual artists had their start here. Hammond, Lye, Angus, Robinson, Fomison, Henderson, Brake... The list goes on.
Film and Moving Image
Digital
Paint and Print
Sculpture
Street Art
Photography
Textile
Film and Moving Image
Telling Stories with Filmmaker Gerard Smyth
Filmmaker Gerard Smyth on what inspires him about Ōtautahi
Amy Bowie – Singer Songwriter
Singer-songwriter Amy Bowie with some thoughts on the creative process
Porter Pictures
Alexandra Porter is an independent filmmaker, director and photographer.
Meet Our Mentors!
Meet our amazing Screen Incubator mentors...
Swan Song for Janice Gray – New from Frank Film
The talented people at Frank Film have a new story to share... Entertainment legend Janice Gray has one last gig after a lifetime on stage.
Film and Storytelling Incubator – Expressions of Interest
Apply for the 2023 Incubator Programmes designed for Ōtautahi creatives to develop projects, large and small through providing mentoring with respected industry professionals.
Deadline Extended for Toi Ōtautahi 2023 Incubators – Mentoring Programmes for Film; Music; Performance and Street Art
Apply now for the 2023 Toi Ōtautahi Incubators - A mentoring programme for creatives in a range of disciplines, from street arts to music to film.
The Filmmaker as Shooting Director
WIFT presents a workshop with Dame Gaylene Preston, Stephanie Damm-Logan and Vanessa Wells. This is a workshop for everyone — you don’t have to be a camera operator to attend!
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 the screen industry, to celebrate their achievements, and to honour them.
Digital
Fiksate Gallery
Fixsate Gallery in Sydenham
Dasha Tofanchuk
Ukrainian artist Dasha Tofanchuk discusses her passion for design and shares some of her favourite spots in Sydenham.
[Crisis Call] – Josiah Morgan
[Crisis Call] was a community arts project run by Josiah Morgan. It was the outcome of a Toi Ōtautahi residency supported by the Christchurch City Council...
Tim Chapman, Creative Director
Creative Director Tim Chapman tells us about his experience working as a designer.
Paint and Print
Harry Harrison – Musician, Improviser, Performer, Artist.
Artwork by Ōtautahi artist Harry Harrison
Fiksate Gallery
Fixsate Gallery in Sydenham
CoCA (Centre of Contemporary Art Toi Moroki)
CoCA Contemporary Art Gallery
Heathcote Valley Gallery
Heathcote Valley Gallery is home to many talented local painters, potters, and sculptors.
Bill Hammond
Bill Hammond was one of Aotearoa's greatest artists and a Lyttelton local
Carol Moffatt – Artist
Carol Moffatt lives in Kaiapoi, North Canterbury. She has painted in the water colour medium for several years and is now paints mainly in oils.
Tony Fomison
The late, great Tony Fomison and his influential work...
Kate McLeod
Artist Kate McLeod shares her tips on creativity...
Ruth Killoran – Sculptor
Meet artist and sculptor Ruth Killoran.
Lorelei Jenner
Meet visual artist Lorelei Jenner.
Winter in Ōtautahi Submissions – Bele Malik
Enjoy our 'Winter in Ōtautahi' submissions...
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.
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 the Princess Margaret Hospital here in Ōtautahi.
Whakarongo Whakaraupō – Festival of Sound
Sonic art exhibition and events exploring place, culture and sensory connection through sound installation, sculpture, and paintings inspired by music.
Block Party – Little Painters
The goal of Little Painters is for tamariki to have a go at life drawing for free!
Sculpture
Robyn Webster – Sculptor
Sculptor Robyn Webster on creativity
Fiksate Gallery
Fixsate Gallery in Sydenham
CoCA (Centre of Contemporary Art Toi Moroki)
CoCA Contemporary Art Gallery
Heathcote Valley Gallery
Heathcote Valley Gallery is home to many talented local painters, potters, and sculptors.
Ruth Killoran – Sculptor
Meet artist and sculptor Ruth Killoran.
Tatyanna Meharry
Local ceramicist Tatyanna Meharry shares how she got into the contemporary craft and what prompted her to open her own studio.
Eddie Clemens – Cognitive Reorientation
Eddie Clemens's work for SCAPE Public Art Season 2022, Cognitive Reorientation, was inspired by a scene from a Danish television police drama, Forbrydelsen (The Killing).
Whakarongo Whakaraupō – Festival of Sound
Sonic art exhibition and events exploring place, culture and sensory connection through sound installation, sculpture, and paintings inspired by music.
Arts Centre Sculpture Festival 2023
The annual Sculpture Festival at Te Matatiki Toi Ora The Arts Centre features work by some of the country’s best artists, on show and on sale...
Follow the Red Line…
Four kilometres of red fabric tape is being laid on footpaths in central Ōtautahi Christchurch this week, to guide people around the 2023 Season of SCAPE Public Art.
Sculpture Festival 2024 – Call for Exhibiting Artists
The Arts Centre Te Matatiki Toi Ora is seeking artists to present at its annual Sculpture Festival 2024. Applications need to be in by 31 March...
Street Art
Fiksate Gallery
Fixsate Gallery in Sydenham
Watch This Space
Watch This Space is an urban arts trust dedicated to exploring, documenting and celebrating urban art in Ōtautahi and wider Aotearoa.
Ernest Rutherford Mural
Check out the new mural of Sir Ernest Rutherford on Tuam Street...
Make Art Not War
Make Art Not War - a mural for the times - by Ghostcat, Dr Suits and Dycpher
Watch This Space – Creatively Christchurch
Watch This Space's Reuben Woods on creativity...
Flare Street Art Festival – Koryu
Street Artist Koryu is bringing some special protection to the city in his mural for the Flare Street Art Festival
Brightening Up Neighbourhoods
Turning the mundane into magnificent - how the CCC and Chorus are brightening up local neighbourhoods.
Sydenham – A Hot Spot for Street Art
Sydenham is a hot-spot for street art...
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.
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 January for a collaborative exhibition of epic proportions...
Shift: Urban Art Takeover
Urban Art takes over the Canterbury Museum - Exhibition begins 28 January
International Mural Masters Fly In for SHIFT: Urban Art Takeover 
Six international artists are creating work for SHIFT:  Urban Art Takeover, Canterbury Museum’s blockbuster farewell exhibition which opens on 28 January.
Street Arts Incubator – Expressions of Interest
Apply for the 2023 Incubator Programmes designed for Ōtautahi creatives to develop projects, large and small through providing mentoring with respected industry professionals.
Deadline Extended for Toi Ōtautahi 2023 Incubators – Mentoring Programmes for Film; Music; Performance and Street Art
Apply now for the 2023 Toi Ōtautahi Incubators - A mentoring programme for creatives in a range of disciplines, from street arts to music to film.
Lost Buildings of Christchurch – A Unique Art Trail
Mike Beer A.K.A Ghostcat has been commissioned by the Toi Ōtautahi team to create an art trail called Leave No Trace as part of the Year of the Arts 2023.
Celebrating Wāhine for Suffrage Month
A new mural celebrating some of our influential wāhine has been unveiled on Hereford Street...
Photography
Alex Hubert: The Bull (Michael Parekowhai’s ‘On First Looking Into Chapman’s Homer’)
Photographer  Alex Hubert's image of Michael Parekowhai's On First Looking Into Chapman's Homer.
Announcing the Winners of our Winter in Ōtautahi Competition – Stephanie Cartwright & Melanie McKerchar
Congratulations to our winners - Stephanie Cartwright & Melanie McKerchar
Meet the Creatives at Toi Auaha – Dave Molony
Meet the Creative Residents at Toi Auaha - Photographer Dave Molony is a large format photographer...
Documenting Artworks – A Workshop with Janneth Gil
Documenting Artworks is a free 2-part workshop developed and facilitated by local photographer and experienced art documentarian Janneth Gil. Register your interest now...
Textile
Sudi Dargipour: Modern Designs, Traditional Twist
Sudi Dargipour gives us an insight into the artistic process that goes into making exceptional art rugs and traditional carpets.
An Interview with Marianne Hargreaves
When it comes to arts in Ōtautahi, there's not much that Marianne Hargreaves doesn't know. We speak to her about her roles over the years, her work with textiles, and what's next..
Sure to Rise: Canterbury Women since 1893
Vivienne Mountfort’s felted wool artwork, Sure to Rise, on show at Te Whare Waiutuutu Kate Sheppard House
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