+64 3 379 5583

301 Montreal Street
The Arts Centre Registry Additions Building
(access from The Arts Centre Market Square)
PO Box 22 351
New Zealand
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Tuesday – Friday
10am – 5pm

Saturday & Sunday
11 – 4pm

Monday & Public Holidays

The Physics Room is a contemporary art space dedicated to developing and promoting contemporary art and critical discourse in Aotearoa New Zealand.

Based in central Christchurch since 1996, we assist art practitioners with resources and opportunities to achieve a higher level of professional and creative development, and encourage a greater acknowledgement, understanding and value of contemporary art among New Zealanders. Our goal is to actively seek links between the arts and other areas of cultural production and to involve art as a contributing voice in wider intellectual, social and political debate.

The Physics Room is a charitable trust governed by a Board of Trustees.

We are not currently accepting proposals. 

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Director: Jamie Hanton
Assistant Curator: Michelle Wang
Business Manager: Keren Oertly Ryan
Publishing and Writing Co-ordinator: Hamish Petersen
Access Co-ordinator/Weekend Gallery Supervisor: Audrey Baldwin


Nathan Pohio (Chair)
Chloe Cull (Deputy Chair)
Katie Coleman (Treasurer)
Blake Cescon
Stephanie Oberg
James Dann
Ella Sutherland
Barbara Garrie

Press Release, 21 December, 2018:

The Physics Room Trust would like to congratulate Nathan Pohio (Waitaha, Kāti Māmoe, Kāi Tahu) as the newly elected chair of The Physics Room Trust.

Nathan is a longstanding member of The Physics Room's governing board and is a respected and active figure in the local and national art community as an artist, curator, and cultural leader.

At this time we also wish to acknowledge and farewell outgoing chair Paul Sutherland who spent 22 years guiding, supporting, and chairing The Physics Room Trust.

Paul, reflecting on this time, says, "During over 20 years of service to the Physics Room Board, I have worked alongside a great range of board members, staff, and directors. The Physics Room has moved premises, changed staff and has had many challenges, including the ruptures that occurred in Christchurch, but has continued to deliver, helping to grow artists, curators, writers, and other art professionals, and has had a major impact on the New Zealand art ecosystem. The current direction is exciting and I look forward to The Physics Room continuing to grow and challenge."

Nathan says, “Progressing our presence in the city while facing the challenges of a city in development is exciting, and I wish to see these things tikanga-led so a solid cultural stake supports us moving forward. I believe in all that The Physics Room contributes to this country’s contemporary art scene so my immediate focus is the continued operations and programming of The Physics Room, working with the board to support the current Director Jamie Hanton and his team.”