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Collage of images from The White RoomARTISTIC ASPIRATIONS: The White Room in Christchurch supports people who want to use visual arts as a vehicle to communicate their thoughts, dreams, views and aspirations. Operated by SkillWise, it provides opportunities for its artists to work with other artists in the wider community. It also builds partnerships to showcase and exhibit its artists’ work. Read more about The White Room

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.

Dunedin short film a finalist

13 July 2018
Making shopping bagsIt’s a title to stop most of us in our tracks: Boom Boom Extremo Bags. What’s that about? The confusion only worsens when you discover that the tale of the extremo bags is being told by a conspiracy of lemurs. But watch the prize-winning video produced by Dunedin Connections Centre and its creative space, Studio2, with fine arts graduate Megan Brady, and the story soon makes a lot of sense. Read more

Impact of creativity on mental wellbeing

5 July 2018
Artists from Otautahi Creative SpacesFindings from research demonstrate the “profound” impact of Ōtautahi Creative Spaces’ programmes on artists’ mental health and wellbeing. Analysis of the innovative arts programme by Ihi Research and Development has revealed how it has helped those involved to become more connected and resilient with improved social skills. Read more 

Eryn Gribble offers opportunity in the arts

2 July 2018
Eryn GribbleA new creative space in Wellington called Opportunity Arts will be launched on Tuesday 10 July at Thistle Hall in Cuba Street. Its creator, Eryn Gribble – also Co-ordinator of the Newtown Community and Cultural Centre – explains why she’s driven to launch another creative space in the Capital. “It supports the work that creative spaces do by helping their talented artists reach the wider public they deserve," Eryn says. Read more

Creative potential at Māpura Studios

18 June 2018Art therapy at Mapura Studios
Māpura Studios in Auckland is one of a few creative spaces in New Zealand offering art therapy alongside the art tuition found in other community spaces around New Zealand. Diana McPherson, its Director, explains the distinction. “The process of making art and being creative is incredibly beneficial for everyone  but the art therapist helps the artist to explore the inner self, their thoughts and innermost feelings, and express these thoughts and feelings through the medium of art.” Read more

Artists grow at new Vincents site

31 May 2018
Vincents Art WorkshopVincents Art Workshop, situated in Wellington’s Willis Street Village, hums with artists, activity, ideas and regular exhibitions. But back in 2015, a time when it should have been celebrating 30 years since it opened, the creative space was facing a funding crisis. Closing its doors was a real possibility, recalls Glen McDonald, its Coordinator. Read more 

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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