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Christchurch: One Week to go!

The first week of Autumn ushers in many changes, soon our Garden City will be coloured in shades of red and gold. A scene that continues to inspire so many artists in their work. It is a reflective start to the year as we begin it back in the city where it all started eleven years ago, anticipation growing . Inspiration is indeed all around. These feelings are felt not only by us, but by our returning artists, by the artists who are experiencing their first show (nerves and excitement), and by our art lovers, who return year after year.  We are feeling joyed to announce that there is only one week to go to the Opening Night of The Christchurch Art Show- now, the largest Art Event in Aotearoa for 2024! 


Setting the scene for this time next week- Friday, March 8th at Te Pae Christchurch Convention and Exhibition Centre in the City Centre. All dressed up for an arty night out in a large group or small, a glass or Lawson’s Dry Hills wine and friendly faces will welcome you into our Show. You won’t know where to look first with 1000’s of artworks from over 150 of Aotearoa’s best artists, our show has Art For Everyone! For the first time we are welcoming a VIP crowd through at 5:30pm for special show access. Those with special VIP access will be able to see behind the scenes, with the privilege to be able to see the artwork even before our official opening at 7:30pm. VIP guests will also observe the Gold Award Judges on-the-job!


Later in the night everyone will be awaiting our awards announcement where we will hear from the Gold Award Judges. We are also excited to welcome back Chris Lynch who will be announcing his celebrity pick of the evening. Our artists who have journeyed from all over Aotearoa to showcase their work with us, will be ready to engage with stories and insight into their art journeys. Take your time! Our spacious floor plan enables easy viewing, and there is seating available throughout the venue. Art Show regulars will know to remember to cast their vote for their favourite top-ten work, as this is our award that is voted in the spirit of people's choice- every vote counts. Music performed live by Simon E. Willilliams will enhance your art browsing, as will our famous cheese boards. 


Just one week to go and every year the wonder of it all never ceases to amaze us. Whether you remember our first show in the midst of a quintessential Christchurch winter at the Wigram Airforce Museum. Or you’re discovering us for the first time this year, as we’re turning to Autumn. Be ready to be inspired,  after eleven years in Christchurch, we know how to put on a good show!

Tickets will sell out and our Opening Night preview is a presale event. You are always welcome to contact us directly for more information: 

 or browse our ticketing information here: 

Come back soon for more Words of Art!

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