Arts Scene Local Art Pockets

Head out and explore some of Christchurch's best local spots to get your art fix. From boutique galleries, exhibitions and day trip ideas, there’s plenty to choose from for some arty inspiration. 


Super sleek, super stylish, super must see. To really get your art fix, this place is worth the visit with modern, thought provoking works that encourage people to engage and connect with a vibrant cultural offering. With Lux Espresso on site offering coffee, fresh juice and healthy cabinet treats, take in the simplicity while enjoying brunch.

66 Gloucester Street, Christchurch 

The Physics Room

A contemporary art space dedicated to developing and promoting art in New Zealand. Based in Christchurch City since 1996, The Physics Room assist art practitioners with resources and opportunities and is helping to engage a new generation of artists to develop new and innovative work. Next time you’re heading to C1 for brekkie, pop up and check this place out. 

Levels 2 & 3, 209 Tuam Street, Christchurch.

Photo credit: The Physics Room [Facebook]

Chambers Art Gallery

Featuring paintings, printmaking, photography, sculpture and installation - along with a stock room for public viewing. This unique space not only contains an art gallery but also houses studio spaces for local and emerging artists wanting to stay in Christchurch. 

241 Moorhouse Avenue, Christchurch

Photo credit: Chambers Art Gallery

Bryce Gallery

Showcasing a mixture of emerging and established artists, original paintings, sketches and sculptures, this contemporary fine art gallery has been set up in a stunning ex show home. Owner Min Kim, a passionate artist and interior designer from South Korea, took over the gallery in March 2016 with the goal to continue exhibiting high quality pieces both from “hidden” artists and some of the region’s most well known.

Corner Riccarton Road and Paeroa Street, Riccarton, Christchurch. Free parking available on Paeroa Street.

Photo credit: Bryce Gallery

PG Gallery

Housed in a beautifully transformed villa PG Gallery brings to Christchurch a number of the country’s best-known artists.

192 Bealey Ave, Christchurch.

Photo credit: PG Gallery

Form Gallery

Specialising in contemporary objects, Form Gallery showcases an extensive range of work by leading New Zealand artists. From their humble beginnings 18 years ago in Cathedral Square, Form have established a strong local following and play an important role presenting visitors with emerging artists.

468 Colombo Street

Little River Art Gallery

Why not make a day of it and head out to Little River, just 50 minutes’ drive from central Christchurch. Enjoy tasty food and coffee in the peaceful sculpture garden as well as enjoying some of the exhibitions held regularly featuring unique New Zealand sculptures, paintings and jewellery. If you’re a keen cyclist, why not take your bike and enjoy a scenic cycle along the Little River Trail.