Creative spaces directory: Auckland region

Creative spaces are community-based arts organisations and groups where people, often with limited access, can go to make art, participate in theatre, dance, music, film and creative writing. Find a creative space in Auckland. If you would rather look at a national directory, visit the national creative spaces directory. 

Please email us to update your entry, include your creative space in this directory, or make enquiries about the Creative Spaces Network.

Art for All Trust

Address: Sommerville Special School, 80A Tripoli Road, Panmure, Auckland
Art for All provides art tuition, quality materials, exhibition opportunities and social connection for artists with intellectual disabilities and/or mental health issues. Artists are enabled to feel valued, included, and productive members of society through learning art processes, creating artworks, exhibiting work, and generating income through the sale of their work
Contact: Lynda Scott | 021 993358 | 

Circability Trust

Address: Circability Central, 203-271 Victoria Street West, Victoria Park, Auckland 1010
Circability celebrates difference by providing social circus programmes for all ages and abilities. It's based in the historic former Campbell Free Kindergarten in Victoria Park in the heart of Auckland City. Director Thomas Hinz has more than 30 years experience delivering social circus in both Germany and New Zealand. Its inclusive team delivers programmes throughout Auckland and Northland, including workshops, performances and events. Visit the Circability website.
Contact: Thomas Hinz |

Connect the Dots

Address: various locations around Auckland
onnect the Dots is a registered charitable trust, engaging older people and people living with dementia in creativity through its visual arts programme, Make Moments. This is an Auckland-based programme that connects and engages older people, and people living with dementia, with the rich and diverse art and cultural opportunities in Auckland. Connect the Dots’ trained and passionate arts educators deliver facilitated art tours and artmaking workshops at local arts venues. The discussions and supported artmaking engage participants in intellectual stimulation, cultural engagement and social interaction. Visit Connect the Dots website 
Contact: Andrea Gaskin | 021 990 370 |

Creative Collaborative

Address: various locations around Auckland
Creative Collaborative is a group of creative practitioners who work together to make imaginative, transformational and participatory projects in all kinds of places, using the arts to fire up passions, build skills, tell untold stories, look at life with fresh eyes, and grow caring connected communities. Young people having a tough time have a special place in its heart, and lots of their work is about partnerships with youth to make changes they want to see in their world. It also does research and development work designed to build its collective expertise and impact, and grow the potential of the arts in its communities. Visit the Creative Collaborative website
Contact: Asha Munn, Director |


Address: 1975 Great North Road, Avondale, Auckland 1026
Crescendo works alongside young people between the ages of 15 to 24 years old, providing an environment where young people can express themselves creatively and are supported to overcome barriers to success. It delivers mentoring programmes in the arts where young people get to engage directly and connect with people working in the creative industries. Visit the Crescendo website
Contact: 021 076 1182 | 

Flock NZ

Address: various venues across Auckland
Flock Charitable Trust (Flock) was created in Auckland in 2017 with the goal of curating and managing arts programmes with social impact. They are particularly enthusiastic about working with some of our most vulnerable community members to create collaborative performance projects that are guided by the group members’ unique backgrounds, skills and experiences. Flock works from a strength-based kaupapa; the focus is on what people can do, rather than the opposite, and they believe that everyone in the room has skills and ability to share with each other. A genuine commitment to upholding people’s own stories is central. To learn more or connect with us, please visit our social pages Facebook, Instagram and LinkedIn or the Flock website.

Contact: The Flock Team |

Glass Ceiling Arts Collective

Address: various venues across Auckland
Glass Ceiling Arts Collective is a group of creative people that make art that breaks the glass ceiling, creating access to meaningful arts experiences for all people. Their mission is to create equal access to the arts for all; especially for those from marginalised communities enabling everyone to participate in the arts at both a community and professional level. They offer programmes in inclusive musical theatre, hip hop and exploring multi-sensory theatre. Visit their website and their Facebook page for more details.
Contact: Mike Eaglesome |

Interacting Disability Arts Theatre Company

Address: various locations around Auckland
Interacting runs weekly community classes in drama, film making and hip hop at four venues in Auckland throughout term time. It is responsible for the foremost disability arts festival InterACT which is held every October at Corbans Estate Arts Centre in Henderson. Groups devise and release original pieces that are performed each year at the InterACT festival. 
Interacting also formed the Acting 2 Act (A2A) Advocacy group. They visit schools, groups, organisations across Auckland to teach the community their rights. Visit the Interacting website
Contact: Sabrina Ou | 021 188 9460 |

Kākano Youth Arts Collective

Address: Corbans Estate Arts Centre, 2 Mt Lebanon Lane, Henderson, Auckland 0612
Led by Mandy Patmore, Kākano Youth Arts Collective is a group of artistically talented West Auckland youth. Established in 2013, Kākano consists of young people typically between the ages of 12 to 20 years old, who have an opportunity to develop a varied set of visual arts skills in a safe and supportive environment. Visit the Kākano Youth Arts Collective website
Contact: Mandy Padmore |

Māpura Studios

Address: Fowlds Park, Rocky Nook Avenue, St Lukes, Auckland 1022
Māpura Studios provides person-centred visual art and art therapy programmes for adults, teenagers and children of all abilities, with special provision for those living with disability and diversity. Its programmes are a synthesis of fine arts practice and self-development in an inclusive, supportive creative space. It maintains an extensive exhibition calendar at high-profile community galleries and events to showcase its artists’ work. Visit the Māpura Studios website.
Contact: Diana McPherson, Director | 09 845 5361 | 

Mt Albert Community Club - Ōwairaka Community Club

Address: 831 New North Road, Mt Albert, Auckland 1025
The Ōwairaka Community Club (Mt Albert Community Club) is an activity-based day service for adults who have lived experience of mental health issues/tangata whai i te ora in the Auckland District Health Board area. It provides a range of creative and social opportunities,  including annual exhibitions at community galleries. Skilled tutors facilitate the development of members’ creative ideas in a mixture of guided activities and self-directed practice. The club is a supportive meeting place and has been engaging with members of the community since 1991. Visit its website.
Contact: Karen Mann, Manager | 027 591 6978 |

Ngā Rangatahi Toa Creative Arts Initiative Trust

Address: 1 Ponsonby Road Grey Lynn
Established in 2012, Ngā Rangatahi Toa offers creative youth development programmes through workshops and wānanga learning, specifically tailored for rangatahi Māori aged 13 to 18 years. We provide scaffolded, high-calibre creative programmes with some of Aotearoa's finest creatives and youth practitioners, enabling rangatahi to navigate life and wellbeing during crucial developmental stages.
Our flagship devised theatre programme, Manawa Ora, exemplifies the collaboration between New Zealand's most talented makers of toi Māori, dance, theatre, and visual arts, working alongside a group of young individuals. The outcome is a stage production that stands apart from any other. Visit the website.
Contact: Huia O'Sullivan, Executive Director | 021 169 6973 |

Raukatauri Music Therapy Centre

Address: 5 Carlton Gore Road, Grafton, Auckland 1023

RMTC offers centre and community-based music therapy services in Auckland, the Bay of Plenty, Hawke’s Bay and Northland. Music therapy is the planned use of music to assist in the healing and growth of people with emotional, intellectual, physical or social challenges. Music therapy at Raukatauri is delivered by our registered music therapists via a clinical practice rooted in the humanistic model of music therapy, which recognises each individual’s uniqueness and worth. It's offered in individual, pair or group formats. Visit the Raukatauri Music Therapy Centre website.
Contact: Rachel Farrell, General Manager | 09 360 0889 | 

Sing Up Rodney

Address: Warkworth and Ōrewa, Auckland
Sing Up Rodney is singing and community music therapy group for older people and those living with a neurological condition. Partners/carers and volunteer inquiries also welcome. This group meets on Thursday mornings - first week of the month (except January) in Warkworth, other weeks in Ōrewa, usually school term time. Sing Up Rodney is run by the Kahikatea Music Therapy & Community Arts Trust.
Visit the Trust's website and the Sing Up Rodney Facebook page
Contact: Alison Talmage  | 027 464 2465 | 

Story Club

Address: Various locations, Auckland
Established in 2017, the kaupapa of Story Club is connecting community through sharing and celebrating diverse cultures by providing access to art-making activities and creating community projects which raise awareness of minority groups’ cultures and life experiences.
All Story Club activities are free and projects are developed through a process of co-creation - participants are collaborators rather than clients.
Contact: Ann Poulsen |

Te Karanga Charitable Trust

Address: various locations around Auckland
Te Karanga Charitable Trust works in an educational capacity in the areas of youth mentoring to support and develop community-based projects. The trust has been facilitating youth development programmes since 2006. Working with youth at risk and young adults, it facilitates programmes in a range of mediums such as discussion groups, vocational education, one on one and group mentoring, public speaking, broadcasting, multimedia, music, arts, theatre and film. Visit Te Karanga Charitable Trust website
Contact: 021 067 4265 | 

The Creative Souls Project

Address: 1 Paynes Lane, Onehunga, Auckland 1061
The Creative Souls Project uses music, art, and performing arts to develop social, emotional and communication skills in children and young people. It is based in Avondale, Auckland, and works to make the arts accessible and affordable. Visit The Creative Souls Project Facebook

Toi Ora Live Art Trust

Address: 6 Putiki Street, Grey Lynn, Auckland 1021

Enhancing well-being through creativity offers a nurturing and inclusive space for individuals navigating mental distress. With a diverse array of over 20 complimentary classes spanning visual and performing arts, participants are invited to engage deeply in the creative journey, using artistic expression as a conduit for connection. Original artworks are showcased in our gallery, and available for purchase. Join our supportive community and embark on a journey towards improved well-being. Together, let's prioritise mental wellness through the power of creation.

Visit the Toi Ora website.
Contact: Susanne Ritzenhoff, Director | 09 360 4171 |

Touch Compass

Office address: G5/43a Linwood Avenue, Mt Albert, Auckland 1025

Touch Compass is Aotearoa New Zealand’s leading professional arts organisation whose work is disability-led. They deliver high-quality performances and arts activations. To support a stronger resilient arts sector and disability-conscious society Touch Compass offers youth (tamariki/rangatahi) and adults (pakeke) community classes, school programmes and workshops, and pathways to professional development for disabled artists and practitioners and non-disabled people wishing to engage in the performing arts through creative expression. Visit the Touch Compass website.

Contact: +64 9 600 1357  |  E


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