Arts, Culture and Heritage

​Major supporter of Arts, Culture and Heritage

Ashburton District Council is an active supporter of the district's arts, culture and heritage, recognising the value and importance it plays in enhancing the community's social well-being.

Arts, culture and heritage help to define who we are as a community, preserving our history and providing us with a sense of place. They are a celebration of what makes Mid Canterbury unique.

Council has recently invested in the Ashburton Art Gallery and Heritage Centre facility to serve the community now and for future generations. This multimillion dollar facility houses the Ashburton Art Gallery, Ashburton Museum, the Ashburton Family History Group, Council archives, and a large and growing community archive collection.

Bringing these services into a single facility positions the Ashburton Art Gallery and Heritage Centre as a hub of knowledge and learning for the district and expands the quality of services provided to the community.  

As well as its investment in the new Art Gallery and Heritage Centre, Council's main mechanism for supporting arts, culture and heritage is through its annual grant funding of community and heritage projects and school holiday programmes.

Council provides annual grant funding to Ashburton Trust Event Centre, one the South Island's most exciting venues that has the scope to hold a wide variety of events. Council's grant funding for the events centre covers the majority of its net operating expenditure.

Council is also a sponsor of Ashburton's annual Multi Cultural Bite event and administers the Creative Communities New Zealand Ashburton Scheme.  This is a funding grant on behalf of the Arts Council of New Zealand for projects with an arts or cultural focus that benefit our local community.

We invite you to discover the many different facets that make up Ashburton District's unique arts, culture and heritage.

Page reviewed: 05 Oct 2015 3:03pm