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The Arts Centre of Christchurch

The Arts Centre is New Zealand’s largest collection of Category 1 heritage buildings and it is held in trust for the people of Canterbury and its visitors.


Its 23 buildings suffered extensive damage in the Canterbury earthquakes and an extensive $290 million restoration programme is currently underway – the largest of its type in the world. The site is being progressively re-opened and more than half is now open to the public. Much of the restoration work is being funded by insurance but the Arts Centre is relying on fundraising, grants and partnerships in order to complete the project.


For more than a century, the site was home to Canterbury College, and then the University of Canterbury. Since 1978, the site has been a place where arts, culture, education and creativity are fostered, promoted and celebrated.


See www.artscentre.org.nz for more information.