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Art & Heritage

Christchurch art galleries, artisan outlets & art scene

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Canterbury, South Island

Where to go to find artworks in the South Island

Delve into an exploration of Christchurch’s world class public art gallery and museums. Walk among inspirational art installed in public spaces. Commercial art galleries are plentiful with new and emerging local artists having space to exhibit in venues such as Art Box Gallery or Chambers Art Gallery. The Canterbury Museum has a collection of nineteenth century artists representing depictions of New Zealand landscapes in the emerging colonial society. And the kids are not forgotten with an introduction to the art world visiting the innovative Christchurch Art Gallery. For art buffs do not miss the street art murals, stunning imaginative use of urban spaces. 


ArtBeat a fund of information about upcoming events, happenings and art in public spaces


While there is usually no admission fee to browse an art collection the commercial gallery is not a public art space. It is in the business of merchandising and selling art objects.

ArtBeat is part of Christchurch Art Seen was established in January 2019 to host guided tours each week to art galleries, artist studios, artist-run spaces and public institutions. Walking tours highlight what is happening across the arts community in Christchurch. Check the website for details and up and coming art news and posts.

@Isaac Theatre Royal
@Isaac Theatre Royal


Hidden in Christchurch’s suburb of Addington is New Zealand’s largest and oldest theatre company, The Court Theatre

The Isaac Theatre Royal has a grand history in Christchurch. The theatre was built at its current site in 1908 and is the only operational Edwardian style theatre left in New Zealand.

Christchurch Symphony Orchestra The largest professional orchestra in the South Island, performing a new and exciting programme every year

The Piano – Centre of Music and Arts is a key cultural hub in Christchurch.


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