10 Dec 2015

New $13m Christchurch art museum closer

1:10 pm on 10 December 2015

Christchurch is one step closer to getting a new $13 million art museum.

The Christchurch City Council has voted in favour of gifting a $5m piece of land as a site for the museum to be built.

It is currently being used as a carpark.

One of the country's most significant private art, sculpture and designer furniture collections will be displayed in the new museum. It was previously owned by the Wakefield family.

Colin McCahon and Frances Hodgkins works are included in the collection.

The building, over the road from the Arts Centre, will be paid for by a trust set up by the Wakefields and will be operated by the Canterbury Museum.