The Creators' Room - Art Exhibition

The Creators’ Room are holding their inaugural art exhibition in Christchurch’s CBD this May. The exhibition will be held from 23-26 May 2019 in the iconic Deloitte Building (Level 1, 151 Cambridge Terrace).  


The Creators' Room is a new organisation which launched in Christchurch in July 2018. The initiative aims to provide Christchurch Secondary School’s Senior Visual Artist students (Year 11-13) with a platform to sell their works and be recognised for their talents. A total of 1,282 artworks across 16 Christchurch secondary schools were submitted to The Creators’ Room selection panel in September 2018Emma Patmore (Year 13) from Riccarton High School was the recipient of the annual $3,000 scholarship for further education in Visual Arts. The other 50 finalists have also been selected to become a part of The Creators’ Room - 2019 Collection. The online gallery ( will be selling limited edition prints of the students work. Original work will be up for sale during the 4-day exhibition with prices ranging from $200 - $800. 


20 guest artists from around Canterbury will also be exhibiting at the May exhibition. 


During the selection process, the Creators’ Room judging panel identified 15 Top artists from the 51 finalists – these works will be setup as a blind auction running over the 4 days of the exhibition. 


The judging panel consisted of 4 judges including: 

  1. Amelia Guild: Practising Canterbury Artist 
  1. Ben Reid: Practising Canterbury Artist 
  1. Deborah McCormick: Executive Director, SCAPE Public Art  
  1. Garth Galloway: Partner at Chapman Tripp, Trustee of the Christchurch Art Gallery, Chair of The Arts Foundation New Zealand & Board Member of Creative NZ 


The Creators’ Room has grown from an idea founders Charlotte Sherratt and Sophie Paterson had to help showcase some of the outstanding artistic talent at Secondary School level, and aims to connect these young creators with collectors at their inaugural exhibition. 


We are well aware of the incredible artwork that is created at a school level and, more often than not, these student art folios filled with fabulous works end up either in a deep, dark corner of their parents’ garage or in the skip. 


We have had the utmost support from the art teachers at each participating school who encouraged students to apply back in September 2018. We were overwhelmed with the number of entries we received for our first year.” 


The pair identified there are several barriers for young artists to take their first step into the commercial art world including: 

  • Lack of confidence and belief in their artistic abilities 
  • Lack of knowledge of how to market themselves as artists 
  • Lack of funds to frame their original artworks for exhibition  


The Creators’ Room therefore fund the framing of original works as well as the reproduction of limited editions prints, keeping in mind the high standard of quality art collectors are looking for.    


For more information please contact: 

Sophie PatersonCharlotte Sherratt 

021 901 622021 0250 3232 

[email protected][email protected]  

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