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Christchurch Maths Craft Day

Discover the maths behind craft and the craft behind maths at the Christchurch Maths Craft Day on Sunday July 1, 2018 in The Great Hall at The Arts Centre. We're delighted to be bringing this event back, in partnership with UC Arts and the Teece Museum, after the popularity of the 2017 event. 

Mad about maths or crazy about craft? Then how about volunteering and helping to show others the wonders of Maths Craft?

Featuring a collection of craft creation stations as well as public talks by mathematicians and crafters, the celebration of maths promises to engage people of all ages. Knit a mathematical knot, crochet a Möbius strip, fold an origami octahedron, draw an impossible triangle, colour a Latin square, or listen to guest speakers talk about the fascinating relationships between maths and craft. Enthusiastic volunteers, experienced in both mathematics and crafts, will make you feel at home no matter what your age or background. And there will be lots of space and seating, so you can stay and craft all day!

Open to everyone: experts and amateurs, maths-fans and maths-phobes, the crafty and the curious. No booking is required. Entry to the event is free. Be sure to also visit out Facebook event page


Public Talks

The Christchurch Maths Craft Day will feature three public talks exploring the relationships between mathematics and craft. Click on the images below for more information about each talk or see our flyer, which you are welcome to share. 

  • 11am - Ms Elizabeth Chesney, University of Canterbury: Knuts about Knitting Knots
  • 1pm - Professor Graham Farr, Monash University: Making links and breaking codes: the mathematics of Bill Tutte
  • 3pm - Dr Patrick O'Sullivan, University of Canterbury: The Measure of All Things: Myths, Maths, and Other Aspects of Greek Art



Location and parking

The Christchurch Maths Craft Day will take place at The Arts Centre in Christchurch. Parking is available at the Art Gallery car park on Gloucester St, the car park opposite the Great Hall (which has entrances on Worcester Blvd and Rolleston Blvd), the Botanical Gardens car park, and various nearby Wilsons car parks, along with some parking on adjacent streets. More information and maps are available here

The Great Hall at The Arts Centre in Christchurch. Image courtesy of

The Great Hall at The Arts Centre in Christchurch. Image courtesy of



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