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Projects and programmes

This page highlights projects, opportunities and programmes set up by creative spaces or facilitated by Arts Access Aotearoa. We encourage you to enter your accessible performances and events on Arts Access Aotearoa's events calendar webpage.

Please contact Kate Hiatt, Creative Spaces Advisor, Arts Access Aotearoa (T: 04 802 4349 E: about your projects and programmes.  

Current projects and opportunities

Photos tell a thousand words

ARTS ACCESS AOTEAROA is offering creative spaces a chance to promote themselves on the creative spaces section of this website. Choose four or five great images or a short video that reflects the value of your creative space and email to Iona McNaughton, Communications Manager. She will create a collage of the best images and promote these (or a video) on the website and on social media. The collages (or video) will include a caption about your creative space. 

Māpura Studios and its Stroke Art Therapy programme

MAPURA STUDIOS offers an intensive 12-week Stroke Art Therapy course at very little cost to participants. Many have benefited from this life-changing course and have gone on to reclaim their lives. Some further develop their new-found skills in the Arts Transition and Leading a Creative Life classes, and find a new identity as artists. With no direct government funding, Māpura Studios relies on the generosity of donors, philanthropic trusts and fundraising to provide programmes such as this and to subsidise class fees for the other 15 programmes it provides.
For more information about Māpura Studios and its the Stroke Art Therapy programme, visit the Māpura Studios website, call 09 845 5361 or email

Become part of an online community

ARTS ACCESS AOTEAROA invites creative spaces to become a part of Flightdec community websites, where relevant content (news, events, blogs, images, resources) can be shared to other sites instantly and on a daily basis. Flightdec provides a free template/framework containing a lot of built-in tools. That means the basic structure is pre-set but you determine your own menu headings and content, images, colours, logos and branding. The only cost is a monthly subscription fee of $25, plus GST, to Flightdec to host the website and provide a basic email and phone-in help desk. For more information, please email Iona McNaughton 

Previous projects

Creative Spaces 2020

A national conference, Creative Spaces 2020: building a strong future sector, held at CQ Hotels Wellington on 27 and 28 April 2016, resulted in a strong desire from the 55 delegates to form a national body to represent and advocate for the creative spaces sector. the conference was a chance for the sector to meet, share challenges and find answers, and work with Arts Access Aotearoa to develop a four-year plan of action. Read more

Creative Spaces Capsule Project

A cumulative and interactive exhibition, launched at C.S. Art in Invercargill in July 2016, connected creative spaces as it orbited New Zealand. After exhibitions in Wellington and Dunedin in early 2017, the final landing was back in Invercargill, where C.S Art displayed the artworks collected through its journey in April 2017 as part of the Southland Arts Festival 2017. Read more

Mentor Programme

Arts Access Aotearoa's Creative Spaces Mentor Programme aimed to help build the capacity and sustainability of the creative spaces sector. A pilot mentoring project was developed in 2013. Based on the success of this pilot, Arts Access Aotearoa facilitated a mentor programme from 2014 to 2016. Read more 



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