Christchurch Art Gallery cuts 17 jobs

12:29 pm on 14 May 2012

The Christchurch Art Gallery has cut jobs due to the closure of its earthquake-damaged main building.

The gallery was used as the Civil Defence headquarters following the devastating February 2011 earthquake and has since been closed to undertake quake repairs.

It is not expected to be opened to the public until next year.

Seventeen workers have now lost their jobs following a review of staffing requirements, with all but three of those part-time positions.

The positions which have been dis-established include visitors services, gallery shop workers and three conservation roles.

Gallery director Jenny Harper says it has been a difficult period while the review was carried out, but staff have shown great resilience and adaptability.