A Guide to Galleries in the CBD
A line up of the best central Christchurch spots to take in the best art around.
Christchurch CBD is home to a surprising number of world-class galleries. Take your pick of the litter or embark on a journey to visit each one to truly appreciate the culture of art that’s alive and kicking within this city.
165 Gloucester Street, Christchurch Central City, Christchurch
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The Physics Room
49/59 Worcester Boulevard, Christchurch Central City, Christchurch
Within Christchurch Art Gallery sits The Physics Room, a contemporary art space dedicated to celebrating new and innovative works in New Zealand. The gallery plays an integral role in fostering a new generation of artists and is well worth a visit.
66 Gloucester Street, Christchurch Central City, Christchurch
The beautiful newly restored modernist building that houses The Centre of Contemporary Art (CocA), is well worth a marvel in itself, though it’s inside where the magic happens. The gallery plays host to a revolving seasonal programme of innovative, explorative, and sometimes confounding art.
249 Moorhouse Avenue, Christchurch Central City, Christchurch
The National is a dealer gallery, specialising in jewellery and objects by local and selected international artists. This gallery has been at the forefront of the contemporary art scene in Christchurch for over a decade.
Absolution Tattoo and Body Piercing
The Art Centre 28 Worcester Boulevard, Christchurch Central City, Christchurch
Absolution provides wall space for emerging young artists. Ranging from works on paper to sculpture and everything in between, the black walls within the historic setting of The Arts Centre are utilised to work alongside the basis of absolutions core trade, body art at the highest level.
Christchurch Art Gallery
Montreal Street, Christchurch Central City, Christchurch
Indulge in the pleasure of viewing some of the best art in New Zealand and the world inside Christchurch Art Gallery’s beautiful glass building. No visit to the city is complete without taking the imaginative journey through the many rooms of this incredible gallery.
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