Creative Residences

There are four large, beautifully appointed double bedrooms with private bathrooms. The modern living, dining and kitchen spaces with an additional study nook and a balcony are shared between residents.

This wheelchair accessible accommodation is an ideal base for individual creatives or people from creative organisations visiting the city to take part in conferences, performances and other events in Ōtautahi Christchurch.


For creative organisations and businesses

  • $180 + GST per room per night
  • $1120 + GST per week (seven nights)

For creative non-profit organisations and individuals

  • $140 + GST per room per night
  • $680 + GST per week (seven nights)

Rates for longer term stays may be negotiated. 

Check-in is generally between 2.00pm and 6.00pm.
Check-out is by 10.00am. Luggage storage may be arranged.

Creative in Residence programmes

These programmes foster creative, intellectual and professional growth for people with big ideas such as creative practitioners, scientists and academics. They provide a place for the development of new projects, a forum for dialogue and opportunities for people to engage with new ideas, experiences and each other.

We are keen to hear from individuals and organisations wishing to support or partner in Creative in Residence programmes at The Arts Centre. Please contact us by email.


The residencies were relaunched in 2019 with critically acclaimed Kiwi songwriter, musician, vocalist and producer Bic Runga who completed a two-part residency including a songwriting workshops and a concert in the Great Hall.

Prior to the earthquakes a Creative Residencies programme had been thriving at The Arts Centre for more than 10 years. There were two artist-in-residence apartments, one of which was for the Olivia Spencer Bower Award winner and the other for shorter residencies.

Residents included a broad range of local, regional, national and international artists such as Michel Tuffery (visual arts), Raewyn Hill (dance), Michael Brennand-Wood from the United Kingdom (visual arts), Mahinarangi Tocker (music), Lauren Lysart (visual arts), Zoe Roland (film), Tim Main (object art), Charlotte Yates (music), Amy X Neuburg from the United States of America (music) and Areta Wilkinson (visual arts/jewellery).

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Location map

West Lecture,
Worcester Boulevard

Market Square South Quad North Quad Registry Student Union The Gym Engineering Common Room Library Biology, Observatory and Physics Chemistry School of Art West Lecture Classics Rutherford's Den Clock Tower Boy's High Workshop Great Hall