Creative Construction Exhibitions

The Great Hall, Christchurch Arts Centre, 2 Worcester Boulevard

A juried exhibition showcasing the best of the best in quilting. From traditional to modern to pictorial to art there is something for everyone. These will look stunning in our newly restored Great Hall at The Arts Centre

The RSA, 74 Armagh Street

Our challenges, including Postcards from the Front; Cultural Connection; Recycled and Creative Construction – a story in textiles. These works are based on themes; it's always interesting to see how an artist interprets a theme. Note - due to space limitations, one of these challenges may be moved to The Great Hall.

The Piano, 156 Armagh Street

View a range of visiting national and international exhibitions:

  • A Matter of Time curated by Brenda Gael Smith (international)
  • Paint Modern by Helen Beaven (NZ)
  • Grey Matters by 8 Perspectives (NZ)
  • Passion and Perspective by Nancy Crow class participants (national and international)
  • Strata and Salt by WA Inspired (international)
  • Inner Journeys by South Australia Living Textiles –  (international)

Opening hours

  • Thursday 5th October 10am – 5pm
  • Friday 6th October 10am – 8pm
  • Saturday 7th 10am to 5pm
  • Sunday 8th October 10am – 8pm
  • Monday 9th October10am – 8pm
  • Tuesday 10th October 10am to 2pm (The Piano 10am - 1pm)

Entry Fees

$10 single entry to one exhibition, $15 unlimited entry to all exhibitions. Buy your ticket at the venue.


St Andrews College 347 Papanui Road, Senior Common Room area

Tutors exhibition

Here you will see an example of the work of each of the national and international tutors at Symposium 2017. Their works range from traditional to modern to art. Some may be for sale.

Aotearoa Quilters – Orange Challenge

The colour challenges have been very popular with many quilters entering these 12 X 12 mini quilts who might not venture into entering bigger quilts into competitions. This year the colour is orange.  All for sale.

Aotearoa Quilters Fragile Challenge

Members were able to submit a 15 X 15 inch quilt on the fragile theme to be used in the production of a 2018 calendar. This not only raised funds for Aotearoa Quilters but is also good publicity for our national organisation. We hope many more people will become members in the next year. All for sale.

Aotearoa Quilters Silent Auction

Quilts have been donated to Aotearoa Quilters for sale by silent auction. Leave your bid and you might be lucky to buy a stunning work at a good price. All proceeds to Aotearoa Quilters.

Opening hours

  • Thursday 5th October – Monday 9th October 10am – 5pm
  • Tuesday 10th October 10am – 2pm

Entry Fees

$10 single entry to one exhibition, $15 unlimited entry to all exhibitions. Buy your ticket at the venue.


St Andrews College, beside the Symposium Office

Hoffman Exhibition

Entries in the annual national competition sponsored by Hoffman Fabrics

Opening hours

  • Thursday 5th October – Tuesday 10th 10am – 5pm

Entry - free


St Andrews College, beside Peek into Paradise Merchants Mall

Anne Jolly (NZ)

Anne has always loved colour and texture and has travelled through the “arts” of pottery, china painting, dyeing, Shibori, felting, paper making, and machine embroidery into fibre art.  Anne’s quilts are for sale through the Symposium shop in the merchant’s mall.

Layers Group (NZ and Australia)

Queenstown fabric artists Alison Naylor, Wendy Ward and Jenny Tayler, and Jan Scudmore (Australia) call themselves The Layers Group. Here they will be showing the results of a 2016 challenge. Each picked a word and made a 9 inch square quilt inspired by that word. (Note change of location since NZ Quilter information)

Opening hours

  • Thursday 5th October – Monday 9th October 10am – 5pm
  • Tuesday 10th October 10am – 2pm

Entry - free


Painted Threads by Sonya Prchal

Transitional Cathedral, 234 Hereford Street

Free entry, open 9am to 7pm each day

Sonya is a fibre artist, designer and teacher. Quilting started as a pleasurable pastime but developed into a passion and business. Sonya now teaches all around New Zealand and enjoys sharing her expertise and watching her students gain in confidence

By Hand

Knox Church cnr Bealey Ave and Papanui Ave (28 Bealey Avenue) 

Free entry, open day time

An exhibition inspired by sustainability and created by hand using recycled materials.The quilters include Sue Spigel, Brenda Visser, Wendy Sargent, Ros McCarthy, Denise Erikson and Serena McWilliam. 

Some of the works will be for sale to support Knox Church’s rebuilding fund. The church has won a number of awards for its rebuild, well worth a visit.

Refugee and Migrant Women’s Quilting Group

2017 Exhibition at Christchurch South Library, 66 Colombo Street, Beckenham.

For over 17 years groups of women from diverse backgrounds and countries have met every Monday to make quilts in Christchurch. A team of volunteers give their time to teach these amazing women. The exhibition will include work from the past two years.

Open during library hours, free admission

Blue Sky Art Group

Christchurch City Council building, 53 Hereford Street

We are a Christchurch based group of a mixed bag of abilities and backgrounds. We call ourselves the Blue Sky Art Group, partly because whenever we met it always seemed to be overcast and partly because we want to place no limits on what we can achieve. 8 of us will exhibit work including a 12 x 12 challenge and a series challenge.

Open 9am – 5pm, free admission

Bolt of Cloth

The Tannery, 3 Garlands Road, Woolston. Display of selected quilts by Canterbury quilters.

Free, open during shop hours.