Breaking ground

contemporary ART NOW


CoCA is a place of doing - a place where things happen and people connect. Through thoughtfully curated programmes and exhibitions, we foster the creation and celebration of inspiring and provocative contemporary art from exciting local and international artists. Art that encourages everyone, from the curious passer-by to the art aficionado, to think and talk about the world we live.

ambition

Rob Hood, Big Bull Market, 2008

Sharing stimulating art experiences that engage people in conversations about contemporary life and culture. Making a unique contribution to the cultural life of Christchurch and New Zealand — presenting contemporary art programmes that enrich and strengthen our community​ by enabling and encouraging critical dialogue about the world we live in.

Meet the board

  • Tony Chamberlain
  • Interim Chair
  • Arlee Folkers
  • Vice Chair
  • Anna Ryan
  • Lawyer
  • Kate Johnstone
  • Te Marino Lenihan
  • Matthew Maling
  • Lawyer

  • Jessica Halliday 
  • Architectural Historian
  • Christine Johnston
  • Renee Parsons 
  • Communications Consultant
  • Annabel Holland
  • Rachel Wilson
  • Marketing Consultant

Contemporary art is a critical ingredient to the cultural fabric of a community. We, the Trustees, are committed to ensuring that CoCA connects with the people of the city and the wider community in new and engaging ways. The refurbished building, which sits in the heart of Christchurch, provides the framework to support innovation in art practice. It is at the centre of the city, providing a cutting edge space for art and culture.


CoCA nourishes Canterbury’s spirit with a dynamic and vibrant cultural offering. With your support we can ensure that this important organisation thrives and that its gallery and its programme will be of true international quality.