Christchurch artists struggle to find studio space

7:45 am on 28 April 2011

Artists in Christchurch are facing a lack of studio space in the central city following the February earthquake.

Many artists have lost years of work and materials, in buildings that have either been destroyed, or are behind the cordon in the city centre.

Painter and sculptor Zina Swanson has had to move from Worcester Street to Addington and says it is unlikely the downtown area will ever be the focus for the arts community again.

Ms Swanson says many artists' studios were in substandard buildings that were cheap to rent, and with the rebuilding that is needed, she cannot imagine that happening again.

Creative New Zealand has announced it has increased funding to support artists and arts organisations affected by the quake by $1.25 million.