Christchurch Art Gallery Te Puna o Waiwhetu is in a striking building in the heart of Christchurch. We pride ourselves on being an important part of the cultural life of this city and of New Zealand as a whole – an attraction to which you'll return again and again. We are very proud of the many and varied exhibitions and other programmes we offer and hope you are enticed to visit, both in person or online.
This gallery is important within New Zealand's network of galleries and museums. With well over 6,000 works of art acquired since our foundation in 1932 our collection is important and varied. Canterbury is a region with a strong history of pioneering past and committed current artists – so it's also one of the finest in New Zealand.
The collection is at the core of what we show and preserve for the future, but we also source many works of art from other public and private collections around the country and internationally. We enjoy providing artists the opportunity to create new works of art in our spacious foyer and galleries as well as outside the building. We know how good art can make an immediate and important impact, and we also know that we make a difference to our visitors with what we do at the gallery.
This website is an important extension of our existing gallery spaces. Whatever your age, whether you are a student or teacher, planning a visit or doing advanced research, it is a place that should enrich your enjoyment and understanding of art.
Let us keep you informed as new exhibitions, events and programmes are launched. Sign up for our eNewsletter; subscribe to our RSS feeds; follow our tweets; or browse though our blogs. We hope you return to the site often as we refresh what we do and what we show – please let us know what you think and how we can do better!