Privately owned works by Charles Frederick Goldie, Colin McCahon and Rita Angus could go on display in a new Christchurch gallery - if residents don't object to the building, that is.
Christchurch Council will today begin consulting with residents about a plan to give Canterbury Museum land on Rolleston Avenue for a $13m building that would display a prestigious private collection of paintings, sculpture, furniture and classical antiquities.
The $5m lot of land would be leased from the museum by the Ravenscar Trust, which would in turn pay for the building and provide the collection.
Mayor Lianne Dalziel said the proposal for the building and display of the collection of Jim and Susan Wakefield, who lost their home in the Christchurch earthquakes, was a "very special gesture".
Associate Earthquake Recovery Minister Nicky Wagner said the proposal would bring visitors to the city.
"The new house museum will enhance Christchurch's reputation as a destination for the arts," she said.
Residents can submit to the council on its website until Monday October 19.
Ms Dalziel said council staff wanted to consult with nearby residents and interested in coming weeks.