Welcome to Arts Canterbury

Providing a sense of community & support for local artists

Artists supporting artists

Our mission - To foster appreciation of the visual arts in Canterbury and to provide support to artists who create art.

Arts Canterbury is committed to supporting the artists, art galleries and other art related businesses throughout Canterbury, New Zealand. As an incorporated charitable organisation, Arts Canterbury is governed by an elected executive committee, whose aim is to continue to provide a range of opportunities for all members.

Our purpose

The declared purpose of Arts Canterbury is to:

• Provide public opportunities for people in Canterbury to develop and appreciate a wide range of art media.
• Support artists in Canterbury to display and exhibit their art.
• Support the artistic communities, galleries and cultural environments in which art and artists can thrive and develop.
• Provide learning opportunities for artists and the public.
• Promote and support visual art and artists across Canterbury.

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Our Membership

Arts Canterbury members often talk about the sense of community and support that they have gained by becoming a member. The opportunities they receive as a member of Arts Canterbury include a variety of exhibitions throughout each calendar year, educational seminars and workshops, a members only facebook group and regular social meetups for members to interact with each other. The opportunity to have their art shared on the Arts Canterbury website and across the different social media platforms is also beneficial, especially for those who may be just starting out on their art journey.






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Featured Artist

Sam Young


I recently moved to Mandeville after living in Kaiapoi most of my life. I work full time as an aluminium joiner... I paint as often as I can. I'm also found out on hiking adventures and road trips taking photos and gathering creative material for my art. I have a strong diy ethos and love having the outlet of creativity that painting allows.

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Upcoming events

“Water” at Art on the Quay

February 16, 2023
to March 22, 2023

A “Water” themed exhibition at Art on The Quay in the Ruataniwha Civic Centre.

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February 24th 2023
to March 23, 2023

Te Huanui Art Gallery, Darfield   Resolutions photography exhibition explores themes such as colour, mood, culture, nostalgia, and beauty from […]

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February 25th 2023
to March 27, 2023

Little River Gallery, Christine Maynard, Solo Exhibition – EARTH TONES. Welcoming all interested members to the opening. Saturday 25th February […]

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