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 Collage of images of Mix creative space RESHAPING LIVES: “Coming here has given me lots of opportunities and skills as I do my artwork and share it with the people in the class,” an artist at Mix creative space tells Keith Reeves, who takes part in an art session at the Hutt City creative space and blogs about the experience. Read Keith's blog 

Introducing creative spaces

Creative spaces are organisations and places where people can make art, or participate in artistic activities such as theatre, dance, circus, music, film and creative writing. They provide space, resources and assistance in ways that will lead to self-expression, empowerment and self-development. There are many creative spaces in communities throughout New Zealand. Some encourage an informal, drop-in approach while others prefer a structured approach, with programmes and workshops in writing, visual and performing arts. Read more about the history of creative spaces 

Creative spaces are dynamic places, using a range of approaches to achieve similar outcomes. Read more about these approaches.

Mental Health and Addictions Inquiry: have your say

We know creative spaces and community arts contribute to the mental health and wellbeing of the communities they serve, saving government health spending with early intervention. But we need to make sure the Government knows this too. 

Please make a submission and have your say in the Government’s Mental Health and Addictions Inquiry. Submissions are due by 5pm 5 June 2018.

You can also send your submission by email, by post, or over the phone if you prefer by calling 0800 644 678 between 9:30am and 5:30pm Monday to Friday. Someone will be able to talk to you and write down your ideas about how to improve mental health and addiction in New Zealand. Mental Health and Addiction Inquiry, PO Box 27396, Marion Square, Wellington 6141.

Latest news, events, opportunities and tips

Arts Access Aotearoa can help you promote your creative space and reach a larger audience. We write news stories and post these on the website and, sometimes, on The Big Idea, Creative New Zealand, Ministry of Culture and Heritage, and Scoop websites. We also promote these stories on Facebook and Twitter. Please email Iona with your newsworthy stories and artists. Also let us know if you want to be listed in the creative spaces directory and have any useful tips, resources, opportunities and events to share. 



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JENNY HUTCHINGS: Jenny is Creative Spaces Advisor, Arts Access Aotearoa (T: 04 802 4349 E: Jenny works on Mondays and Tuesdays. More about Jenny

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