About

The exciting process of repopulating the Arts Centre has begun, with restoration of many of its historic buildings nearing completion following Canterbury’s devastating earthquakes.

Beauty, form and function

North Quad

The Arts Centre offers unique, high-quality character buildings that have stunning heritage features and modern, bright and open spaces.

Featuring flexible fit-out options and state-of-the-art infrastructure, you’ll find spaces unlike anything else in the city.

In addition, you can step out of your tenancy into the beautiful North and South quads, Market Square, Gymnasium Canopy and street-facing terraces.

These shared spaces are at the heart of the Arts Centre community, allowing you to mingle with other creative professionals, artists, performers and visitors.

Find out more about them on the main Arts Centre website.

Everything you need is here

  • incredible location
  • modern infrastructure, including central heating and pre-cabling for fibre services
  • open plan floor plates
  • a range of shops, services and attractions
  • an expert property management team
  • introduction of universal access to many buildings
  • a variety of shared outdoor spaces

 A community of creative entrepreneurs

The Arts Centre’s vision is to fill the site’s historic buildings with a future-focused community – one that is builds capacity, creates content and is digitally enabled. Getting the right mix of tenants will attract locals, visitors and businesses to every part of the site. Go to the main Arts Centre website to find out more about the vision.

Complementary activities are being clustered, so businesses become part of an integrated community of supporting and complementary operations.

Visit the main Arts Centre website to see who has already joined our community.

A golden opportunity

The restoration created an opportunity to comprehensively modernise the Arts Centre’s heritage buildings, while at the same time preserving them to the highest conservation standards. Go to the main Arts Centre website to read more about restoration progress.

Before the devastating Canterbury earthquakes, the Arts Centre was renowned as a place for arts, culture, education and creativity – and it is poised to reclaim its place once again.

Built as a colonial equivalent to Oxford and Cambridge universities and designed mainly in Gothic Revival style, the buildings date from 1877. They reflect a rich history of local education and have been linked to some of New Zealand’s key developments in arts and science.

The Arts Centre buildings are tied to the establishment of Canterbury College – now the University of Canterbury – and two of the city’s most well-established secondary schools.

An independent charity, the Arts Centre belongs to the people of Canterbury and is held in trust for them as a place for arts, culture, education and creativity.

Visit the main Arts Centre website to find out more about the site’s unique history.