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Galleries in Christchurch

Christchurch's art scene is vibrant - this is clearly visible in the streets of the city with painted murals and art installations. But the creativity doesn't stop there, galleries scattered all over the city invite visitors to indulge in paintings, photography, pottery and much more. 

Christchurch Art Gallery - Te Puna o Waiwhetu

The biggest and certainly the most famous of them all: the Art Gallery has something for everyone.

The art on display ranges from old masters to modern art.

The Art Gallery also runs regular events including talks, museum tours and film evenings.

Montreal Street
7 days a week 10am - 5pm

Centre of Contemporary Art - CoCA Christchurch

If you like modern and abstract art, then CoCA is for you!

The art on display is not always straightforward, so a visit to CoCA will widen your horizon and challenge the way you view art.

66 Gloucester Street
Tuesday to Sunday 10am - 5pm

Art Box Gallery

The Art Box Gallery was founded after the earthquakes to support local artists.

The main focus of the Art Box Gallery's founder Beverley Frost is modern art.

Unit 1/16 Loftus Street
Tuesday – Friday 11am – 4pm; Saturday 11am – 2pm

Jonathan Smart Gallery

Jonathan Smart is a leading Christchurch gallerist that runs two galleries in Christchurch: The Jonathan Smart Gallery and The Central.

The Jonathan Smart Gallery is dedicated to showing contemporary visual art ranging from painting and photography to sculpture and moving image work.

52 Buchan Street 
Wednesday - Friday 11am - 5pm; Saturday 11am - 3pm

The Central

Located in the former library of the Arts Centre, The Central features work by leading contemporary New Zealand artists.

Run by Jonathan Smart and four other local families, The Central brings back the arty heritage to the Arts Centre.

Arts Centre, Worcester Boulevard 
Tuesday – Sunday 10am - 5pm


Absolution has been operating for more than 20 years and is a widely known tattoo and piercing studio in Christchurch.

The studio is located in the Boys High Building at the Arts Centre and has a gallery space within.

28 Worcester Street
7 days a week 10am - 6pm

Chambers Art Gallery

The Chambers Art Gallery has built up a reputation for exhibiting the work of leading New Zealand artists and newcomers.

The art on display is very broad: painting, printmaking, photography, sculpture, pottery and installation.

241 Moorhouse Avenue
Tuesday – Thursday 11am – 5.30pm; Fri 11am – 5pm; Saturday 11am - 3pm

Ilam Campus Gallery

The School of Fine Arts has an exhibition space for the art classes of the University of Canterbury and the wider Canterbury region.

Block Two, School of Fine Arts, University of Canterbury
Monday – Friday 9am – 4pm

City Art Depot

City Art Depot started out as a picture framing workshop. Over time it evolved and expanded to include a fine arts gallery.

The main focus of the gallery is printed work and paper drawings.

96 Disraeli Street
Monday to Friday 8.30am - 5pm, Saturday 10am - 2pm

Windsor Gallery

Located down St Asaph Street you'll find Windsor Gallery, with a dedicated consultation area leading through to a bright modern gallery space. Discover artworks from portraiture through to landscapes and beautiful sculptures.

386 St Asaph Street
Monday to Friday 9am-5pm, Saturday 10am - 1pm

The National

Specialised in contemporary jewellery from New Zealand and abroad, The National represents more than 40 jewellers and exhibits sculptural ceramics, glass and object-based works.

249 Moorhouse Avenue
Tuesday – Friday: 10.30am - 5.30pm, Saturday 10.30am - 4pm

The Physics Room

The Physics Room is a contemporary art space dedicated to developing and promoting contemporary art and critical discourse in Aotearoa New Zealand. 

The gallery hosts exhibitions, artist talks, performances and discussions. The Physics Room goal is to actively seek links between the arts and other areas of cultural production and to involve art as a contributing voice in wider intellectual, social and political debate.

49 – 59 Worcester Boulevard
Tuesday – Friday 10am – 5pm, Saturday & Sunday 11am - 4pm

PG gallery192

The gallery brings big names of the New Zealand art scene to the city, focusing on contemporary art.

192 Bealey Avenue
Tuesday - Friday 10.30am - 5pm; Saturday 10.30am - 2pm

Form Gallery

The gallery showcases leading New Zealand object artists. The contemporary work includes cast and blown glass, ceramics, jewellery and other media.

468 Colombo Street
Tuesday - Saturday 10am - 5pm

Bryce Gallery

The gallery's owner is Min Kim who used to have her own gallery space in the Arts Centre of Christchurch. The gallery specialises in contemporary fine art from national and international artists.

Cnr Riccarton Road & Paeroa Street
Monday - Friday 10am - 5pm; weekend 10am - 4pm

Fo Guang Yuan Art Gallery

The Fo Guang Yuan Art Gallery is based in Riccarton Christchurch and offers a full range of different art styles which is constantly changing. The building itself is also designed to be a piece of art. Make sure to join a tour around the Buddhist Temple while visiting the gallery. 

2 Harakeke Street, Riccarton
Tuesday - Sunday 9.30am - 4pm

Teece Museum of Classical Antiquities

Explore more than three thousand years of human history through an amazing collection of artefacts from Greek, Roman, Egyptian and Near Eastern cultures.

UC Arts City Location, 3 Hereford St, Christchurch
Open Wednesday - Sunday, 11am- 3pm

The Little River Gallery

On the way to Akaroa in Little River is another gallery space that is well worth a visit. The Little River Gallery displays fine New Zealand art, holds regular exhibitions and has a good collection of New Zealand made keepsakes. 

Main Road, Little River
Open 7 days, 9.30am - 5pm

Stoddart Cottage Gallery

The birthplace of one of New Zealand's foremost 19th century artists, Margaret Stoddart - the cottage is situated at Stoddart Point, Diamond Harbour. Exhibitions by local artists change monthly.

2 Waipapa Avenue, Diamond Harbour
The gallery is open 10am - 4pm Friday, Saturday and Sunday, most public holidays and other times by arrangement.

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