Our brochures will be hitting the streets next week. Grab one to find out the specifics of what will be taking place and where on the night. 

 

It's that time again!

Join us in Sydenham this August for a whimsical winter warmer -  First Thursdays Chch presents DREAMSCAPES. A one night only event of free arts and entertainment. Combining art, exhibitions, live music, poetry, projection, night markets and more, there's something for everyone!

Art galleries Form and Jonathan Smart and shops from The Colombo and throughout Sydenham will be open late, hosting pop up exhibitions featuring work by local and national artists.  Our famous night market at The Colombo will have an array of goodies for purchase and perusal, accompanied by live music and fabulous food.

 With a dollop of surrealism and a pinch of psychedelia, DREAMSCAPES invites you to let your imagination loose. Bright and bold new works will be on show by Mark Catley, Janna van Hasselt and Josh Bradshaw A.K.A Uncle Harold.  We’ll be joined by Faultline Poetry collectiveThe Ara Institute Collective, the resident artists of XCHC as well as artist run spaces Where?, Gallery 464 and Ōtautahi Kōrerotia.

Roam around Sydenham and see it through new eyes: expect collaborations and partnerships as local businesses host creatives from all around the city to make Sydenham a space brimming creative imagination.

 Whether you’re an arts advocate or have never set foot in a gallery; rug up and come on out to support and celebrate the arts and local businesses in Sydenham!

 
This event is proudly supported and made possible by The Colombo, Pablo at 383 Colombo St, Ara Institute of Canterbury, Christchurch City Council and BNS Design & Print.
 

Keep an eye out for flyers, brochures and Facebook for updates and more details closer to the date.

The First Thursdays: LIFE AQUATIC brochure is live!

What a cracker line up for our summer event! We're thrilled to be bringing such a broad variety of arts and entertainment your way. We've got over 30 things to see and do in spots all around Sydenham, so don't miss out on this one night only art extravaganza.

Our pocket-sized brochures will be distributed in shops around Sydenham, the central city, Ara Institute, Canterbury University and perhaps even to your letterbox in the coming weeks. The Colombo and C1 Espresso will have plenty of these in the lead up, and we'll also have some available from the help desk set up at The Colombo to help you navigate on the night.

Keep an eye on our blog and facebook page for more details on each element of the programme and listen out for interviews about the upcoming event on RDU 98.5fm.

First Thursdays Christchurch invites you to join us for LIFE AQUATIC in December.

Dive into Sydenham and soak up the sights and sounds. Join us for a night of free arts and entertainment. Combining art, exhibitions, live music, installations, hands-on arts activities, night markets and more, there's something for everyone!

Art galleries and shops at The Colombo and throughout Sydenham will be open late, as well as numerous pop up exhibitions featuring work by local and national artists. With LIFE AQUATIC as our theme, we'll be celebrating everything H2O and offering an opportunity to immerse yourself in the arts.

 Local businesses will host fresh new work by Aiko Robinson, Kim Lowe and Bridget Allen, Porta and Hannah Heslop. Our famous night market at The Colombo will have an array of goodies for purchase and perusal, accompanied by live music and fabulous food. Get into the flow with free life drawing sessions, a live stencil mural created by Porta, pop up exhibitions, gigs and much more!

Whether you’re an arts advocate or have never set foot in a gallery, First Thursdays is an evening to experience a variety of art, to celebrate Christchurch’s talent and explore Sydenham’s hidden gems. 

This event is proudly supported and made possible by The Colombo, Pablo at 383 Colombo St, Ara Institute of Canterbury, Christchurch City Council, BNS Design & Print and Arts Voice Christchurch
 

 

 

Next event - Thursday 1 December 5pm - 9pm!

If you would like to be involved as a Sydenham based business, local market stall or food truck, get in touch now - email us at firstthursdays.chch at gmail.com 

We will be putting out a call for submissions to our group exhibitions in the coming weeks. Follow us on facebook or keep an eye on our blog to stay in the loop.

The theme for our summer event will be released soon!

 

 

You'll soon be seeing our brochures and maps out and about and around Sydenham. Grab yourself a map and get familiar with what's taking place on the night!

  Something wonderful this way comes! First Thursdays Christchurch invites you to ABRACADABRA - join us for a magical night of free arts and entertainment. Combining art, exhibitions, music, markets and more - we invite you to explore and be enchanted by Sydenham. Art galleries and shops at The Colombo and throughout Sydenham will be open late, as well as numerous pop up exhibitions featuring work by local and national artists. With ABRACADABRA as our theme, come and be whisked away for the night by fae folk, installations and artistic acts of alchemy and transformation! There’s something for everyone! We’ll be posting more about what to expect in the lead up to the event. Keep an eye on our blog or facebook page for details.  

 

Something wonderful this way comes! First Thursdays Christchurch invites you to ABRACADABRA - join us for a magical night of free arts and entertainment. Combining art, exhibitions, music, markets and more - we invite you to explore and be enchanted by Sydenham.

Art galleries and shops at The Colombo and throughout Sydenham will be open late, as well as numerous pop up exhibitions featuring work by local and national artists. With ABRACADABRA as our theme, come and be whisked away for the night by fae folk, installations and artistic acts of alchemy and transformation! There’s something for everyone!

We’ll be posting more about what to expect in the lead up to the event. Keep an eye on our blog or facebook page for details.

 

COMING UP - ABRACADABRA

Our next event will be taking place in winter 2016. 

ABRACADABRA will invite artists and local businesses to channel magic, alchemy and illusion to brighten up mid-winter.

Come and get enchanted by Sydenham and the arts!

 

 

 

DECEMBER 2015 - WELCOME TO THE JUNGLE

Thursday 3rd December 2015 - Sydenham - 5:00-9:00pm

 

 

WELCOME TO THE JUNGLE Brochure

 

 

JUNE 2015 - PAPER SCISSORS, ROCK 'N ROLL

First Thursdays Christchurch "Lost In Space", February 2015. Video produced by - In The Loop, Christchurch.  http://www.loopchch.net/


Who We Are

Curator: Audrey Baldwin

Curator: Audrey Baldwin

The Social

The Social a collective of artists engaged in a practice of interactive and site specific works. The Social aims to create opportunities for artists, encourage public engagement with contemporary art and create conversations and connections between artists, the public and the city at large. 

Event Manager: Warren Feeney

Event Manager: Warren Feeney

Arts Voice Christchurch

Arts Voice Christchurch is an independent arts advocacy group. We’re here to make sure the arts become an essential part of the new city, whether it is visual and performing arts, film and music or multi-media and crafts.