Community arts organisations directory

This directory contains a list of community arts organisations. These organisations provide a range of arts activities, including classes and workshops, advice and information, exhibitions and performances, to support the arts and culture in regions around New Zealand.


Creative Northland

Address: The Pavilion, 9 Rust Ave, Whangarei 0140
Creative Northland has an ongoing commitment to ensuring the Northland creative industries/arts sector is dynamic, thriving, influential and productive; and is renowned locally, nationally and globally.
T: 09 430 0710 E: W:  Creative Northland website

Northland Society of Arts Inc

Address: Reyburn House, Reyburn House Lane, Town Basin, Whangarei 0110

Northland Society of Arts aims to promote the practice and study of art in New Zealand, and  Northland in particular, and to encourage the production of works of art in Northland. The Society's two buildings comprise the Reyburn House Exhibition Gallery and Shop, and the Art Studio facilities for pottery and artwork creation and teaching.
Contact: T: 09 438 3074 E: W:

The Quarry Arts Centre (Northland Craft Trust)

Address: 21 Selwyn Avenue, Whangarei
This centre provides a community exhibition/gallery space, art workshops, artist studios, a co-op shop, wood turners studio and a printing studio. Visit the Quarry Arts website.
Contact: Russell Mooyman, Manager T: 09 438 1215 E:


Art Centre Helensville 

Address: 49 Commercial Road, Basement of War Memorial Hall, Helensville | PO Box 63, Helensville 0800
The Helensville Arts Centre focuses on having workshops and exhibitions open to people of all ages and abilities. Most themed exhibitions are open to anyone to exhibit and almost anything can be exhibited in its "3 for ALL" exhibitions.
Contact: Pauline Denton T: 021 073 8372 E: | W:

Kumeu Arts Centre

Address: 300 Main Road, Huapai (behind the Kumeu Public Library)
This is a not-for-profit, registered charity and community arts centre that provides membership, classes, workshops, events, festivals and ongoing exhibitions. There’s a large variety of classes on offer for all members of the community. New members are welcome.
Contact: Jago Neal T: 09 412 9480 E: W:

Linda Stevenson Art & Design

Address: 55 Lloyd Drive, RD 1, Silverdale, Auckland 0994
Linda has a small business providing art, counselling and art therapy. As part of her art practice, she works with the community and offers art therapy workshops, counselling and art classes at low cost.
Contact: Linda Stevenson T: 09 426 3205 E: W:

Onehunga Community Centre

Address: 83 Church Street, Onehunga, Auckland 1061
Onehunga Community Centre is a vibrant place where local people can meet up and participate in a range of classes, workshops and community services. All ages, cultures and religions are welcome.

Contact: Elliott Dodd T: 09 634 9253 E: W: Onehunga Community Centre website

Studio One Toi Tu

Address: 1 Ponsonby Road, Auckland 1011
Studio One is a creative precinct where artists and creative people can connect. The facility provides spaces and resources for people to propose, present and host courses, programmes and events that support Artstation’s vision of vibrant and connected communities. 

Contact: T: 09 376 3221 E: W:

The Depot Artspace

Address: 28 Clarence Street, Devonport, Auckland 0624
The Depot Artspace is a creative, open and inclusive cultural community. It offers a variety of facilities, services and events that support and encourage creativity by providing opportunities for participation and appreciation. Since the Depot opened in 1996, the available facilities and services have constantly grown and developed in response to community needs. Currently, it provides a professional development programme, publications, a recording studio, galleries, and more. Visit the Depot Artspace website.
Contact: Linda Blincko, Creative Director | 09 963 2331 |

Uxbridge Arts & Culture

Address: 35 Uxbridge Road, Howick, Auckland, 2014

Uxbridge Arts & Culture offers an array of classes, events, workshops and exhibitions. As an arts centre, it encourages creativity and provides facilities where artists and students can come together and share similar passions within the spaces and resources it offers.

Contact: Victoria Wu, Customer Services T: 09 535 6467 (ext. 1) E: W:

Whau the People and ALL GOODS

Address: 99 Rosedale Rd, Avondale, Auckland

Whau The People Charitable Trust is an Avondale-based interdisciplinary arts organisation focused on creating opportunities for local people to access and participate in the arts within their community.  ALL GOODS is their community led art space that is flexible and accessible, providing an inclusive homebase for people in the Whau to participate in the arts. Visit the website.

Contact: Jody Yawa McMillan | 021 245 3232 |

Youth Arts NZ

Address: 143 Nelson Street, Auckland
Youth Arts New Zealand initiates creative projects with young people from all over New Zealand, and connects young artists and the resources and networks they need to help them achieve whatever creative ambitions and potential they have. Their programmes include music, drama and art. Visit the Youth Arts NZ website.
Contact: Matthew Goldsworthy, CEO and Trustee |


The Old School Arts Centre

Address: 5 Stewart St, Raglan Whaingaroa
The Old School Arts Centre is run by the Raglan Community Arts Council. It offers exhibitions, concerts, monthly market, community clay shed, films, creative workshops and a thriving school holiday programme. Visit the website or Facebook page.
Contact: Jacqueline Anderson. | 07 825 0023 |  

Creative Waikato

Address: 11 Garden Place, Hamilton 3204
Supports the development of the creative arts in the Waikato for the benefit of the greater community by providing information, advice, support, and funding for arts or cultural project.
Contact: T: 0508 427 892 E: W:

Waikato Society of Arts

Address: WSA School, 120 Victoria St, Hamilton 3200
Waikato Society of Arts is a not-for-profit organisation dedicated to serving the art needs of the visual artist and art lovers at every stage of their development.
Contact: T: 07 839 4481 E: W: 

Bay of Plenty

Creative Bay of Plenty

Address: 95 Willow Street, Tauranga 3110
Creative Tauranga is contracted by both the Tauranga City Council and Western Bay of Plenty District Council to support the area's arts and culture sector. It provides practical support through funding, advertising and information. In addition, the staff advises and assists in the development of creative projects, events organisation, mentoring and networking.
Contact: Meg Davis T: 07 928 5270 E: W:

Janet Keen Mosaic and Painting School

Address: 374 Clayton Road, Rotorua 3015
This painting and mosaic studio welcomes people with disabilities, sensory impairments and learning difficulties. Jenny says she can design community art projects (e.g. painted and mosaic murals, paving stone and mosaic garden sculpture workshops) for all people of all abilities. Encouraging people to be creative is her specialty.
Contact: Janet Keen T: 07 346 3435 E: W:

The Incubator Creative Hub

Address: The Historic Village, 159 17th Avenue, Tauranga
The Incubator Creative Hub is a vibrant community of creatives where the arts enrich lives and foster community connection through a wide range of programmes, projects, performances and artist spaces. It includes The Incubator Gallery and Studios for emerging and professional artists with six permanent working artist studios; community gallery The People’s Gallery toi ka rere; The Satellite Studios artists' exchange; The Jam Factory music platform; The Artery art learning workshop; and Okorore ngā toi Māori studios,gallery and whare taonga. The Incubator website 
Contact: Simone Anderson, Director | 07 571 3232 |

Hawke's Bay

Creative Arts Napier

Address: 16 Byron Street, Napier 4140
Creative Napier undertakes a range of activities to support the arts in the community, including festivals, concerts, exhibitions, help with funding, arts communication, information and advice.
Contact: T: 06 835 9448 W:


Karori Arts and Crafts Centre

Address: 7 Beauchamp Street, Karori
This community arts and crafts centre offers a range of drop-in groups, including memories writing, calligraphy, print making, paper crafts, painting, weaving and knitting, stitching craft and portraiture. There’s an annual user membership fee ($65 a year) or $5 per visit for occasional users. It also offers structured tutored classes throughout the year, which incur an additional cost.
Contact: Caroline O’Reilly, Centre Manager | T: 04 476 6817 | E: | W:

Newtown Community & Cultural Centre

Address: Corner Colombo and Rintoul Streets, Newtown
This community arts centre hosts various low-cost programmes and activities for its members, including exercise programmes, youth and school holiday programmes, and arts and crafts activities, as well as offering affordable venue hire. It works with many community groups and social agencies to provide programmes for the diverse local community.
Contact: Eryn Gribble T: 04 389 4786 E: W:


Exchange Christchurch (XCHC)

Address: 376 Wilsons Rd, Waltham, Christchurch
This is a creative hub giving everyone the chance to connect with, explore and share their creative side with a like-minded and supportive community. It offers shared studio spaces for creative individuals who enjoy the social benefits of working together, a public cafe/bar, and a showcase space for creative events and exhibitions. It also does work experience with anyone who wants to get experience before looking for work or learn new skills. Learn more on its websiteFacebook page and Instagram.

Contact: Preston Hegel, Exchange Operator | T: 027 828 3757 | E:


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