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From the Lyttelton Pétanque Club to Albion Square.  A temporary project evolves into something more permanent

From the Lyttelton Pétanque Club to Albion Square. A temporary project evolves into something more permanent

Sunday, 19 April 2015 8:30 a.m. by GapFiller

The Lyttelton Pétanque Club (or LPC) was a temporary project on the corner of London and Canterbury Streets, in Lyttelton, Christchurch’s port town. Created in July 2011 by a bunch of Lyttelton locals and a few folk from over the other side of the hill from Gap Filler, it took on a life of its […]

Eclectic Boogaloo at the Dance-O-Mat

Eclectic Boogaloo at the Dance-O-Mat

Wednesday, 1 April 2015 2:58 p.m. by GapFiller

corner Gloucester and Colombo Streets, next to the Isaac Theatre Royal Friday April 10th, starting 8pm. Live DJ’s, and Disco vibes by DJ Hobo and Hard Lee Bring you and your crew down to Gap Filler’s Dance-O-Mat, the coolest coin-operated dance floor in town, for Ecelectic Boogaloo: a sweet fusion of Christchurch streets and Chicago […]

What’s on!

What’s on!

Wednesday, 1 April 2015 1:07 p.m. by GapFiller

Thursday, 2 April, 11am: West Papua Action Canterbury event Food Collective vendors on site. Good Friday 3 April: Public Holiday Food Collective vendors will not be operating. Sunday 5 April, 12.30pm: Fresh Press Pizza Friday 10 April, 12.30 – 2.00pm: Kids and Kiwi Bowls! Kids! Bring your grown-ups to town (or catch the bus by […]

Sound Garden Re-Launch

Sound Garden Re-Launch

Wednesday, 25 March 2015 12:09 p.m. by GapFiller

Make a commotion at the Sound Garden opening tomorrow (Thursday) from 5pm.  The instruments have been finely re-tuned and are ready to make some noise!   Pandemonium (amazing percussionists) and Rising Voices (youth slam poets) will be jamming together, then it’s over to you maestros.  See you 5pm Thursday! Thanks to all the hard work […]

Sound Garden is back with a bang!

Sound Garden is back with a bang!

Wednesday, 25 March 2015 12:09 p.m. by GapFiller

  Sound Garden is back!   Greening the Rubble and Gap Filler’s Sound Garden project has re-opened after a three-month hiatus. The garden, which features plantings, seating and musical instruments made from recycled materials and junk, was previously located on the corner of Gloucester and Colombo Streets. It was relocated last November to make way […]

What’s on this week!

What’s on this week!

Wednesday, 25 March 2015 11:07 a.m. by GapFiller


Desire for the Gap, building community after disaster in Christchurch

Desire for the Gap, building community after disaster in Christchurch

Monday, 23 March 2015 12:03 p.m. by GapFiller

This article, written by our Chair, Dr Ryan Reynolds (who is also one of our co founders) was first published in “Once in a lifetime” and was recently published in Australia’s Axon Journal. 

Update on the great hops experiment

Update on the great hops experiment

Friday, 13 March 2015 12:04 p.m. by GapFiller

The hops were planted back in October 2014 and the bines (that’s right, not vines) have now climbed to reach the top of the Arcades.  They are abundant with flowers at the moment, which will hopefully develop to hop cones.  They will be harvested late this Autumn by local brewers for turning into beer. It’s a bit […]

International FRENCH Cricket World Cup Grande Finale

International FRENCH Cricket World Cup Grande Finale

Tuesday, 3 March 2015 4:26 p.m. by GapFiller

Sunday 8th March, 2015 11am-1pm It’s the day we’ve all been waiting for!  

International World Cup French Cricket rules here!

International World Cup French Cricket rules here!

Wednesday, 11 February 2015 9:39 a.m. by GapFiller

Salut! For your eeeeeze, we have a very handy video to share with you ze rules of French cricket.

About Gap Filler

Gap Filler is a creative urban regeneration initiative started in response to the September 4, 2010 Canterbury earthquake, and revised and expanded in light of the more destructive February 22, 2011 quake. It is now administered by the Gap Filler Charitable Trust.

Gap Filler aims to temporarily activate vacant sites within Christchurch with creative projects for community benefit, to make for a more interesting, dynamic and vibrant city.

Gap Filler will see vacant sites – awaiting redevelopment as a result of the many earthquakes or otherwise – utilised for temporary, creative, people-centred purposes. We work with local community groups, artists, architects, landowners, librarians, designers, students, engineers, dancers – anyone with an idea and initiative! We lower the barriers, by handling the legal contracts and liability insurance, to help ideas become a reality.
Gap Filler is temporary in nature, seeking to activate vacant sites for relatively short periods, to demonstrate that the city can grow in important ways without large capital expenditure or major construction. Gap Filler projects can pop up as spaces become available around the city. All projects will be able to occupy or vacate a site quickly.

With smaller-scale temporary projects, the community gets to try out new ideas and create a dynamic for experimentation. Together, we can work out what works by actually doing it, not just talking about it. Some projects might disappoint, but an unsuccessful project on this level costs relatively little time and money, and can help avoid a much costlier failure in the city rebuild. So, in addition to enlivening and enriching the cultural life of the city, these projects are utterly practical.

We seek to involve members of the community and volunteers in our projects at any stage, from suggesting ideas to the design, preparation, installation and maintenance of sites. In this way we hope to help connect people with their city and provide opportunities to have a stake in the city right now.

Christchurch needs our help! There are wonderful ideas for the future city, but that’s a long way off and many people need reasons to stay now. Gap Filler gives everyday people a way to contribute to the city’s regeneration instead of passively waiting for the professionals to do the job. Site-specific projects can help us celebrate, mourn and criticise all that we’ve lost; can help us play, experiment and toy with ideas for the future; can make otherwise empty areas active; and can ultimately pave the way in the revitalisation of the city (without using pavement).

People, People, People – it’s all about people who make things happen!

The Gap Filler Trust Board is Dr Ryan Reynolds (chair), Lance Edmonds (treasurer), Andrew Just, Ciarán Fox, Lydia Baxendell and Martin Trusttum.

Gap Filler now has 2.5 paid staff, after starting as an entirely voluntary initiative. This is as a result of funding that has come from:
Christchurch City Council, Creative New Zealand, Canterbury Community Trust, Todd Foundation, Tindall Foundation, Te Whanau Trust, Community Arts Funding Scheme, Christchurch Creative Communities and various donations (including $10K plus from Urban Paving’s SILTY fundraiser). WE THANK YOU!

The Gap Filler team:
Coralie Winn – Gap Filler Co-Founder and Creative Director – full-time
Trent Hiles – Project Coordinator
Hannah Airey – Administration and general miscellaneous tasks!


Our Values:

Community Engagement

We believe in encouraging and promoting community spirit, growth and awareness by assisting people to experience and participate in artistic projects.  We believe that vacant land and buildings present opportunities; through developing and investing in gap sites, communities will recognise the value of social/cultural activities and communal endeavour in building social capital and resilience, stimulating economic development and creating connectedness. We feel that ‘community spirit’ is necessarily related to the idea of ‘the public good’: communities are strongest when working for public benefit, social capital and a flourishing environment. 


We value trying out new things and not repeating ourselves, taking calculated risks to lead by example with high productivity and turnover of projects. We want to draw on the opportunities presented by each site, neighbour, business, community and individual involved.


We believe in leadership, expressing our values through fearless implementation – bydoing. We want to celebrate playfulness, hope, critique and positivity.  We are living out our values in, and contributing to, a flourishing city.


We esteem the spirit of innovation, exploring new ways of engaging, creating and realising ideas, honouring and promoting the arts and artistic practice and process.


We understand and value resourcefulness as meaning both adaptability and a commitment to re-use, re-purpose and recycle wherever possible.


We believe in seeking out partners to implement ideas together, as well as co-operating to realise others’ ideas. We feel that collaboration unlocks creative potential.

Mission Statement

To establish a distinct and vibrant culture of innovation and creativity in activated urban space.