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Creative spaces directory: Manawatu-Whanganui region

Kate HiattCreative 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 Manawatu-Whanganui. If you would rather look at a national directory, visit the national creative spaces directory.

Email Kate Hiatt, Creative Spaces Advisor, Arts Access Aotearoa to update your entry or to include your creative space in this directory.

Creative Journeys Ltd

Address: 47 The Square Edge Building Courtyard, Palmerston North 4410
Creative Journeys provides art-based day programmes for community members often excluded from conventional day-time activity. People seeking its services include people with intellectual disability; people with lived experience of mental illness; and those facing difficult personal change. Its mission is “Connecting to make magic happen”. Visit its Facebook page.
Contact: Rochelle Swensson or Sheryl Cruden | 06 355 5947 |

ExplorArtz, Whanganui Creative Space

Address: 61 Dublin Street, Whanganui 
ExplorArtz, Whanganui Creative Space is a free, community art space inviting people to come and create art and crafts. It provides a safe, supportive work space and resources. Here, everyone is welcome to come along, learn new skills and discover their creative side with support from its art tutor to assist you in your own creative goals and journey. It welcomes you anytime on Wednesdays and Thursdays between 10am and 3pm, and phone for variable weekend days also available. Visit its Facebook page. 

NOA Open Studio 

Address: Te Manawa Museum, 326 Main Street, Palmerston North 4410 
Nau mai, haere mai ki NOA Open Studio. NOA is based in the foyer of Te Manawa Museum of Art, Science and History on Wednesdays and Thursdays 10.00am to 2.30pm. Entry is by gold coin koha. NOA offers facilitated drawing, painting, sculpture and performance art. It is run by the participants, some of whom have experienced mental ill health, or have intellectual or other disabilities. NOA is about sharing public space to create and celebrate art. All visitors to Te Manawa can join in the fun, or take a clipboard with drawing materials to use as they move through the spaces. Visit NOA's Facebook page
Contact: Mirjam de Oude, Art Facilitator | 06 355 5000

WAI: the Women's Art Initiative

Address: c/o Square Edge Arts Centre, 47 The Square, Palmerston North 4410
WAI is a facilitated group of women who have all experienced violence and abuse. Its members are artists, activists and advocates for social change. WAI offer a free, resourced drop-in artmaking space open each Monday between 10 am and 6pm. Tea, coffee and kai are provided. The WAI studio is a safe space where women create work in a wide range of media, including clay, print, paint, sculpture, inks, textiles and paper. Every year, WAI members set a kaupapa and work towards an exhibition. Visit its Facebook page
Contact: Karen Seccombe, WAI Facilitator | 027 342 2448 |


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