CREATIVE COOL: A collage of three images from three creative spaces: Circability in Auckland; Artists in the Making, Coromandel; and MIX in Lower Hutt
About creative spaces
Creative spaces are organisations and places where people who experience barriers to participation can make art, or participate in artistic activities such as theatre, dance, circus, music, film and creative writing. Barriers to participation include learning or physical disability, neurological conditions, mental ill health, age-related vulnerability (elderly or youth at risk), cultural isolation or poverty. These organisations and groups provide space, resources and assistance in ways that will lead to self-expression, empowerment and self-development through making art or participating in artistic activities. There are many creative spaces 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
- Read "Small voices tell profound truths" by Sylvie Bolstad, founder of Artmakers in Hamilton
Creative spaces are dynamic places, using a range of approaches to achieve similar outcomes.
A guide to Covid-19 regulations and mental health support
Following a "zui" with creative spaces, Arts Access Aotearoa has created a resource that provides information and links about the COVID--19 Protection Framework, vaccinations, privacy guidelines, the wearing of masks and mental health support. Read the guide
This page aims to support and build the resilience and capability of creative spaces around the country by providing tools, case studies, funding advice and opportunities, publications and other resources, and useful links. We welcome your queries, links, suggestions and ideas. Please contact Kate Hiatt, Creative Spaces Advisor, Arts Access Aotearoa (T: 04 802 4349 E: email@example.com).
Creative spaces pānui
Sign up to receive your Creative spaces pānui here.
- Creative spaces pānui November 2021
- Creative spaces pānui August 2021
- Creative spaces pānui February 2021
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 social media. 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.
You can post your accessible arts events on the Arts Access Aotearoa events calendar and we will broadcast it to other relevant what's on sites.