#ArtsMonthNZ - Recap

That's a wrap!

🗓 September was #artsmonth and it. was. INTENSE.

We hosted 34 events with over for 1,400+ attendees, 4 exhibitions, and 1 pop-up shop.

The events ranged from workshops, openings, music nights, art socials, fashion shows, drawing nights and many more.

Because we sponsored these events, it meant that local creatives were able to experiment with little risk/cost and keep the money they earned instead of paying an unaffordable venue fee. We covered many expenses by selling drinks and the support of our Patreon Members!

We'd love to continue with this model, we lost about $2,000 so we're thinking of throwing 1 fundraiser a month inviting all creatives and people who appreciate creative events to come, make music, poetry, food, and friends with the XCHC crew and join the Patreon ranks ✊🏻

Yea? More to come soon ;)

5 years in, and we're still learning, thanks for coming with us on this journey 🙂

There are a few ways you can show your support:
www.xchc.co.nz/support
And becoming a monthly subscriber:
www.patreon.com/exchange

Laurent from YoumiTrip - Video Production has captured the magic last month and made this incredible video. Enjoy.

🙏🏻 SPECIAL THANKS:
🎨 The Arts Foundation for encouraging the month of activity & awareness.
🌱 Pedros Cafe at XCHC for all the delicious kai, coffee, and catering!
🍺 Beer Baroness for sponsoring
🎧 Music : « Our Voices » by CloZee 👉🏻 https://smarturl.it/clozeekoto
💵 Christchurch City Council's Community Resilience Partnership Fund supported the making of this video; documenting and marketing creative activities, events, and communities in Christchurch.

We have other sponsorship opportunities if you, your organization, or company is interested in getting involved - info@xchc.co.nz

Video featuring: FloxHannah Jensen Contemporary ArtistChirny's CoffeeThe Paper Rain ProjectLife drawing.Pedros Cafe at XCHCThe VoidwalkerElody's AddictionsTwins Connection,Future Apparel, and Bellzie by Bella Roake

Find out more, here.

No One Owns XCHC

No One Owns XCHC

It can be hard to keep up with Exchange. The vibe changes daily depending on the exhibitions and events, and as a social enterprise the business is for purpose, not for profit.  When we stop to ask ourselves how it’s all going we’re looking at more than just financial stability, we’re asking if we’re supporting the creative community and providing them with the space and the networks that they need.  I sat down with my colleague Preston to chat about where Exchange is at - what has remained the same since it first opened and what has changed - and where we see it going in the future. 
- Brie

Dumplings & Drinks with Momo Said

Since extending our hours, XCHC has become an open source bar, inviting the public to come in and tell their stories through food.  The first group to take us on our word was Momo Said, an organisation that uses their dumpling business to support and up-skill migrant and refugee communities in Christchurch. Dumplings & Drinks occurred on World Refugee Day, and Christchurch was treated to dumpling folding lessons as well as plates and plates of momos.