Creative spaces directory
Creative 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 your region. Email Iona to update your entry or to include your creative space in this directory.
- Auckland region
- Bay of Plenty
- East Coast
- Hawke's Bay
- Wellington region
Address: 15 Onslow St, Dargaville
This community circus and creative centre is for all ages and abilities. It acts as an umbrella organisation for several emerging community circuses in Northland and beyond. Visit the Circus Kumarani website.
Contact: Jenny Huriwai, Northland Manager | 09 439 5152 | firstname.lastname@example.org
Nga Kaiwhakairo-a-Opua Trust
Address: PO Box 129, Paihia 0247, Bay of Islands
Nga Kaiwhakairo-a-Opua Trust works with youth, teaching bone and wood-carving skills. Participants can make skate boards and many craft works. Read the Trust's profile.
Contact: Rob S. Reed | Co-ordinator | 09 402 7256 | 021 132 5187 |email@example.com
Recovery Education Hub
Address: 237 Kamo Road, Whau Valley, Whangarei
Our centre provides fully funded courses for people over 18 having a personal experience of mental health issues. Programs developed around helping people rebuild their lives with mental health challenges, developing life skills - building capacity and resilience. Our courses provide opportunity for people to build structure and routine back into their lives while boosting confidence and resilience through socialising and development of life skills and mastery of craft skills in an understanding and supportive environment.
Contact: Trish Madison, Team Leader | 09 437 0467 | firstname.lastname@example.org
The Blue Goose Papermill Charitable Trust
Address: 38 Kamo Road, Whangarei
The Papermill is a "small business" that creates high-quality handmade paper in Whangarei. All the papermakers have an intellectual disability. Recycled materials and noxious plants are used to make paper of a high standard to demonstrate the abilities of people living with a disability. The Papermill is open to individuals, schools, tour buses and other groups to learn hands-on paper making. Visit the Papermill website.
Contact: Paula Lang, Business Director | 09 459 1459 | email@example.com
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: Andrea Beazley, Manager | 09 438 1215 | firstname.lastname@example.org
Studio One Toi Tū
Address: 1 Ponsonby Road, Grey Lynn, Auckland 1011
Studio One Toi Tū 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: Reception | 09 376 3221 | email@example.com
A Supported Life
Address: PO Box 83254, Edmonton Mail Centre, Te Atatu South
A Supported Life is a charitable trust that runs art training for adults with intellectual disabilities through its art space two4nine. It offers programmes in visual arts, performance and creative writing. Visit the A Supported Life website.
Contact: Stuart Spackman, General Manager | 09 836 1740 (ext 3) firstname.lastname@example.org
Address: Circability Central, 203-271 Victoria Street West, Freemans Bay, Auckland 1010
Circability celebrates difference by providing social circus programmes for all ages and abilities. It's based in the historic former Campbell Free Kindergarten in Victoria Park in the heart of Auckland City. Between them, Co-Directors Frances Kelliher and Thomas Hinz have more than 30 years' experience delivering social circus in both Germany and New Zealand. They are building an inclusive team to deliver programmes throughout Auckland, including workshops, performances and events. Visit the Circability website.
Contact: Frances Kelliher | 09 361 3801 email@example.com
Hohepa Day Services
Address: 18 Barrhead Place, Avondale, Auckland
Hohepa Day Services is a creative space providing arts opportunities for people who live residentially at Hohepa and for independent clients who might live with their family. The work is primarily in visual arts. Read more or visit the Hohepa website.
Contact: Jo Thoresen, Day Service Facilitator | 09 829 2178 | firstname.lastname@example.org
Interacting Disability Arts Theatre Company
Address: 13 Mount Royal Avenue, Mount Albert, Auckland
Interacting theatre runs community classes in drama, film making and songwriting at five venues in Auckland throughout term time. It is responsible for the foremost disability arts festival InterACT which is run every October at Corbans estate arts centre in Henderson. It devises and releases original theatre that is performed each year at the InterACT festival. Visit the Interacting website.
Contact: Paula Crimmens, Artistic Director | 09 849 5595 | email@example.com
Address: Rocky Nook Bowls, Fowlds Park, Rocky Nook Avenue, Auckland
Māpura Studios (formerly Spark Centre of Creative Development) provides person-centred visual art and art therapy programmes for adults, teenagers and children of all abilities, with special provision for those living with disability and diversity. Its programmes are a synthesis of fine arts practice and self-development in an inclusive, supportive creative space. It maintains an extensive exhibition calendar at high-profile community galleries and events to showcase its artists’ work. Visit the Māpura Studios website.
Contact: Jenny Hutchings, Community Development Manager | 09 845 5361 | firstname.lastname@example.org
Address: 52–56 Ranfurly Road, Epsom, Auckland
The Ranfurly Care Society provides vocational and residential facilities for adults with intellectual impairments. The activity centre day service offers a structured timetable that includes a range of arts activities, such as drama, music, dance, visual arts and craft. Visit the Ranfurly Care Society website.
Contact: Linda Nelson, Society Manager | 09 630 3010 | email@example.com
Clive Backhouse, Co-ordinator, Activity Centre | 09 630 4108
Raukatauri Music Therapy Centre
Address: 15 Surrey Crescent, Grey Lynn, Auckland 1021
This is the only not-for-profit music therapy centre in New Zealand. Its team of nine music therapists provide individual, pair and group music therapy to a range of clients with special needs including cerebral palsy, autism, Down syndrome and Angelman syndrome. It also has outreach music therapy programmes in schools and community centres, as well as parent and caregiver support. Visit the Raukatauri Music Therapy Centre website.
Contact: Carol White, Director | 09 360 0889 | firstname.lastname@example.org
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, galleries, it provides a professional development programme, publications, a recording studio, and more. Visit the Depot Artspace website.
Contact:Linda Blincko, Creative Director | 09 963 2331 Linda.Blincko@depotartspace.co.nz
Toi Ora Live Art Trust
Address: 6 Putiki Street, Grey Lynn, Auckland
Toi Ora Live Art Trust was established in 1995 to provide creative learning opportunities and space for people living with mental illness. It provides a programme of classes across art forms, tutored by experienced practitioners, and offer studio space to people wishing to work on individual or collaborative projects. A diverse range of art materials and resources are available. Visit the Toi Ora website.
Contact: 09 360 4171 | email@example.com
Touch Compass Dance Trust
Address: Classroom 2, Wilson Centre, 1 St Leonard's Road, Takapuna, North Shore City
Touch Compass Dance Trust is a charitable organisation providing performance and dance training for people of all abilities. Touch Compass aims to break down physical and psychological barriers so all people who have a passion for dance can. Visit the Touch Compass website.
Contact: Karen Fraser Payne, General Manager | 09 550 6464 | firstname.lastname@example.org
Address: 143 Nelson Street, Auckland
Youthtown's art studio is a space where children, young people and community groups can come and explore, discover and create. Its programme has a multicultural focus, with experienced tutors setting appropriate art projects and working alongside participants to support their imagination and creative path. Visit the Youthtown website.
Contact: Fiona Schuler, After School Programme Co-ordinator | 09 379 5430 (ext 805) | email@example.com
Artists in the Making
Address: 4 Arthur Street, Whitianga, Coromandel
Artists in the Making is a support service for people with disabilities and is run by the Coromandel Independent Living Trust. Participants meet two days a week to do art activities, including mosaics, china painting and craft.
Contact: Anne Bowden, Co-ordinator | 07 866 0032 | firstname.lastname@example.org
Arts For Health
Address: Cnr Ward St and Seddon Rd, Hamilton
Arts For Health Community Trust provides a holistic approach to health and ongoing activities for adults recovering from illness, injury and disability. It offers a range of arts and crafts, including painting, card making, paper making, collage and stone carving.
Contact: Julie Wright | 07 838 2271 | email@example.com | www.artsforhealth.co.nz
Sandz Studio and Gallery
Address: 6 Kent Street, Frankton Village, Hamilton 3216
This studio and gallery supports artists with intellectual disabilities to become independent artists, and promotes their work as an integral part of contemporary art.
Contact: Maree Glass or Sam Nickalls | 07 847 4344 | firstname.lastname@example.org | www.sandzgallery.co.nz
Arohanui Art and Education Trust
Address: 72 Commerce Lane, Te Puke
Arohanui Art and Education Trust is a day service for adults with physical and intellectual disabilities. The programmes are varied, providing community involvement in art, gardening, drama, computers, music and many other activities as requested. Visit the Arohanui Art and Education Trust website.
Contact: Jacky Levien, Coordinator | 07 573 7377 | email@example.com
Turning Point Trust
Address: The Historic Village, 17th Avenue, Tauranga
Turning Point is a mental health recovery centre offering a range of services to people with mental health and addiction issues. Central to these services is the artspace and gallery, Mind’s Eye. Tutors support people to express their creativity through a range of artistic media, including visual and 3D works, fabric, recycling, computers, and mosaics. People can participate for pleasure, to sell work or for therapeutic creation. Visit the Historic Village or the Turning Point website.
Contact: Arlene Foster, General Manager | 07 578 6934 | firstname.lastname@example.org
Vanessa Lowndes Turanga Trust
Address: 143 Derby Street, Gisborne
The Vanessa Lowndes Centre provides day programmes for any person experiencing a physical or intellectual impairment. Its programmes include art and craft, computing, gardening, cooking, maintenance, sewing, Te Reo, physical fitness, numeracy and literacy. Visit the Vanessa Lowndes Centre website.
Contact: Laura Biddle, Programme Co-ordinator | 06 868 4232 | email@example.com
Hohepa Hawke's Bay
Address: 363 State Highway 2, Main Road, Clive, Hawke's Bay
At Hohepa Hawke's Bay, community life involves people with intellectual disabilities in daily vocational programmes, ranging from craft skills in weaving and feltmaking to woodwork, candlemaking, farming and stone carving. It offers life plans for personal development and achievement in these vocational areas. Products from the farm and craft studios are sold through the onsite shop. Visit the Hohepa website.
Contact: Andy White, General Manager | 06 870 0426 | firstname.lastname@example.org
Real People @ Mosaic
Address: 429a Gloucester Street, Taradale, Napier
RealPeople @ Mosaic is a home for artists with disabilities, a creative space, art gallery and life skills education centre. Its Winebox Auction is an established event on the Hawke's Bay art calendar and the education programme features courses in art, life skills, bone carving, sculpture, toi Māori, painting and computers. Visit the RealPeople@Mosaic website.
Contact: Leighann Coleman, Manager | 06 844 4636 | email@example.com
Supporting Families in Mental Illness Manawatu
Address: 160 Cuba Street, 5010 Palmerston North (Front door, Pitt Street)
Manawatu Supporting Families has a drop-in centre for people with experience of mental ill-health. It offers a range of art media, including oils, acrylics, water colours, glass paints and pastels, plus there is clay moulding and all associated equipment for these activities. There is free coffee, tea, milo and a warm, friendly environment. Visit the Manawatu Supporting Families website.
Contact: Susan Forbes, Consumer Support Co-ordinator | 06 355 8561 | firstname.lastname@example.org
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 Tuesdays and Thursdays 10am 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: Aroha Lowe, Art Facilitator | 027 664 7168
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: Jeanine "Beanie" Christon, Programme Manager | 06 355 5947 | email@example.com
Jorjaz Dance Crew
Address: Baptist Church Hall, 15 Ascot Street, Palmerston North
This is a dance group for people with intellectual disabilities. The group meets on Saturday mornings for sessions with one or two tutors. Participants will be allocated to one of two groups. Participants are given opportunities to perform publicly. Session fees are $50 for 10 lessons and no prior dance experience is required.
Contact: Kathy Bergerson and Diana Cole, Managers | 06 354 9818 |firstname.lastname@example.org
ExplorArtz, Whanganui Creative Space
Address: Whanganui Arts @ the Centre - back gallery, 19 Taupo Quay, 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 between 9am and 3pm. Visit its Facebook page.
Contact: Karen Calcott, art tutor | 027 333 5217 | email@example.com
Alpha Art Studio
Address: 55 Abel Smith St, Wellington
This is a space for artists with intellectual disabilities to develop their artistic skills in the visual arts, crafts and performing arts. It is funded by IDEA Services and provides a safe, supportive environment for artists to work on their individual projects. There is also a gallery, which is open to the public. Community participation and involvement is encouraged. Visit Alpha Art Studio's website
Contact: Franc Aziz or Andrew Grieve, Team Leaders | 04 382 8468/021 312 435 | firstname.lastname@example.org
Arts On High
Address: 191 High St, Hutt City
Arts On High is a space for artists with intellectual disabilities to develop their artistic skills. It provides a safe, supportive and learning environment for artists to work on their individual projects. Its gallery is open to the public and visitors are welcome to view and buy the artists' work. Community participation and involvement is encouraged.
Contact: Teresa Saunders, Team Leader | 04 569 2181 | email@example.com
Igniting the Creative Spark
Address: 41c Heretaunga Street, Petone
This creative space offers access to creativity – encouraging, nurturing, playing and connecting to ourselves, to our joy and our creative soul. It offers workshops, projects, performances and coaching, and includes the Alpha Omega Playback Theatre Company. Director Claire Hewitt’s work is based in theatre and music. She runs specialist classes in these areas but also develops projects alongside businesses, organisations and schools. Igniting the Creative Spark is a gentle, caring and generous space, promoting wellbeing. Visit its website
Contact Claire Hewitt, Director | 027 342 0628 | firstname.lastname@example.org
King Street Artworks
Address: 16 Queen Street, Masterton, Wairarapa
King Street Artworks promotes wellbeing in the community through creative expression and aims to reduce the stigma attached to disabilities. It has an open-door policy and our participants create bone carvings, paintings, textiles, illustrations and more. Visit the King Street website.
Contact: Ian Chapman, Co-ordinator | 06 378 9777 | email@example.com
Address: 212 Knights Road, Hutt City
This creative space (formerly Take 5 & Te Whare Marama) offers workshops in a variety of media, studio areas for ceramics, bone and wood carving, and painting and drawing. Exhibition opportunities include an in-house gallery. The space is open Monday to Friday for those who use mental health services. Visit the Mix website.
Contact: Stephanie Cairns, Manager | 04 569 3162 | firstname.lastname@example.org
Pablos Art Studios Inc
Address: 189-193 Vivian Street (cnr Vivian and Victoria St), Wellington
Pablos Art Studios uses art and creative exploration to encourage people with experience of mental illness to transform their lives and re-engage in the wider community. Artists can access quality art opportunities in an environment that acknowledges career, personal and social needs, and encourages connections and a sense of value in the wider community. ROAR! gallery is a professional gallery and exhibition space that supports artists with limited access to traditional dealer galleries. Visit the Pablos website.
Contact: Director | 04 382 8885 | email@example.com
Te Ara Korowai
Address: 1 Weka Rd, Raumati Beach, Kapiti Coast
Te Ara Korowai is a community-based creativity project for people who want to improve their mental wellbeing. It has a studio space where people can learn diverse skills to increase community connectedness and improve their wellbeing. It also offers peer support and advocacy, training and wellbeing workshops. Visit Te Ara Korowai's website.
Contact: Lisa Archibald, Manager | 04 299 6981 | firstname.lastname@example.org
Vincents Art Workshop
Address: Willis St Village, 5/148 Willis Street, Wellington
Vincents Art Workshop was set up in 1985 as an inclusive space where everyone is welcome to come and create. It provides access to arts and craft facilities, skilled tuition and materials within a supportive environment. Visit the Vincents website.
Contact: Glen McDonald, Co-ordinator | 04 499 1030 | email@example.com
Voice Arts Trust
Address: 85 Totara Road, Miramar, Wellington
Using the art of performance, Voice Arts Trust delivers projects that are community based, participant driven and focused on creating original theatre that gives voice to isolated and at risk groups within the community. View the Voice Arts Trust website.
Contact: Nicola Pauling, Director | 04 973 0022 | firstname.lastname@example.org
Wellington Integrated Dance
Address: Te Whaea, 11 Hutchinson St , Newtown, Wellington
Wellington Integrated Dance (WIDance) runs integrated community dance classes open to all ages and abilities. The classes provide a safe, inclusive environment in which participants develop skills in contemporary dance, improvisation and composition. The cost is $90 waged, $60 unwaged.
Contact: Sumara Fraser, Co-ordinator/Tutor | 04 905 3143 | email@example.com
Community Art Works
Address: 25 Paruparu Rd, Nelson
Community Art Works is open for morning sessions from 10am to noon and afternoon sessions from 1pm to 3pm five days a week, and just for the afternoon session on Tuesdays. It caters for approximately 150 people with mixed abilities every week and sessions run throughout the year. It is staffed by several professional artists, who are experienced teachers and have a passion to share their skills with people. Nelson Firespinners club operates out of its premises on a Thursday night. Read more about Community Art Works. Visit its Facebook page.
Contact: Faye Wulff, Co-ordinator | 03 545 9976 | firstname.lastname@example.org
Magenta Creative Space Charitable Trust
Address: St John's Church, 320 Hardy Street, Nelson 7010
Magenta Creative Space is an art studio for people with experience of mental ill-health. A charitable trust established in 2002, Magenta is not an art therapy institution but the artists who attend find it therapeutic. It is a place where they can relax, meet new people, and be challenged and extended by learning new art-making techniques and skills. Open Mondays and Thursdays.
Contact: Juliet Fox, Manager | 03 545 8498 | 021 143 2213 | email@example.com
A Different Light Theatre Trust
Address: 2/12 Hewitts Rd, Merivale, Christchurch
A Different Light Theatre Trust explores the possibilities of performance. This includes innovative performance practice and the possibilties of performance with people categorised as having a disability.
Contact: Tony McCaffrey, Artistic Director | 03 940 8000 | firstname.lastname@example.org
Address: 23 Barrington Street, Christchurch
At Hohepa Canterbury, approximately 70 residents and numerous day attendees participate in a wide range of educational, sporting, cultural and community participation activities. It offers art, speech and drama, and singing. Singing is very popular and a choir provides performances for special occasions.
Contact: Christina Reimer, Day Services Manager | 03 332 0441 | email@example.com
Address: 50 Baker St, North New Brighton, Christchurch
Jolt's vision is to celebrate difference and challenge perspectives about dance and disability. It was established in 2001 and offers ongoing dance training and performance opportunities for all ages and abilities. In 2012, Jolt established Move, NZ's first tutor training scheme for disabled people to train as dance teachers, and Jolt Interactive, New Zealand's first performance company creating works for diverse audiences. Visit the Jolt Dance website.
Contact: Alex Kerr, Administrator | 03 388 2807 | firstname.lastname@example.org
101 Mental Health Activity Centre
Address: 24a Church Street, Timaru
The 101 Mental Health Activity Centre is a consumer-run drop-in and activity centre for people who have experienced mental illness. The aim is the empowerment of consumers to build their own self-determined recovery through support and advocacy. Activities include arts and crafts, writing, carving, computer studies, and so much more. It is open from 10am to 4pm Monday to Thursday and 10am to 2pm on Saturday.
Contact: Mark Bourassa | 03 688 9454 | email@example.com
Ōtautahi Creative Spaces Trust
Address: Room 5, Phillipstown Community Hub, 39 Nursery Road, Phillipstown, Christchurch
This is a Christchurch-wide venture that hosts creative spaces and does collaborative creative projects to strengthen communities and boost wellbeing. Its focus is on inclusion of people who have experience of mental illness and distress, earthquake trauma, and people who live in social isolation. There’s a Māori arts programme Te Ara Toi, and a mentoring programme for artists with experience of mental illness. It works on a project and collaborative basis with groups in the areas where the creative spaces are located: e.g. a photography project, Our Place Phillipstown. See its Facebook page.
Contact: Kim Morton, Project Manager | 022 064 7963 | firstname.lastname@example.org
The White Room Creative Space
Address: 118 Shortland Street, Wainoni, Christchurch
The White Room is an inclusive art space that brings disabled and non-disabled artists together as a creative community, united by a shared passion for art. It provides a space to learn new techniques in visual art and opportunities to share ideas through interaction with visiting artists and tutors. It is a space that fosters creativity, skill sharing, new ideas and ways of expression. Visit its Facebook page.
Contact: Bev Lowen, Arts Facilitator | 03 382 0350 | email@example.com
Address: 462 Princes Street, Dunedin
Artsenta is a shared art studio for people within the mental health community. The staff team has a wide variety of skills to share and it also invites local artists/tutors to provide workshops. Materials, equipment and tuition for a number of creative activities are provided.Artsenta also has a well-equipped music room with recording facilities. There is no charge to come to Artsenta and it caters for people who like to work in all sorts of ways - from individual work to group activities. Visit the Artsenta website.
Contact: Paul Smith, Director | 03 477 9566 |firstname.lastname@example.org
Address: Level 2, King Edward Court, Stuart Street, Dunedin
This is a space for artists with intellectual disabilities to develop their artistic skills in painting, pottery, mask-making, mosaics, sculpture and wearable arts. Funded by IDEA Services, Art Space provides a safe, supportive environment for participants. It holds an annual exhibition, and community participation and involvement is encouraged.
Contact: Anna Henderson, Vocational Manager, IDEA Services | 03 466 3850 | email@example.com
Studio2/Margaret Freeman Gallery
Address: 83 Moray Place, Dunedin
Studio 2/Margaret Freeman Gallery is an arm of a larger organisation, Connections Education and Development Trust, which provides a range of services for disabled people. Studio2/Margaret Freeman Gallery is an art studio and exhibition space for disabled artists. Activities include writing, painting, drawing and sculpture. One of its aims is to encourage its artists to work independently and help them promote their work to the wider community.
Contact: Kay Murray, Programme Manager; Ben Glassey and Samantha McKegg, Programme Facilitators | 03 474 5949 | firstname.lastname@example.org
C. S. Art
Address: 100 Esk Street, Invercargill
C. S. Art caters for people with intellectual or physical disability or mild mental illness. We run up to six studio sessions a week, attended by 48 artists focused on the visual arts. We also present at least one exhibition a year at the Southland Museum and Art Gallery.
Contact: Michelle Dawson, co-founder and tutor | 027 465 7337 | email@example.com
Mental Health Day Activity Centres
Addresses: Rata House, 59 MacMaster Street, Invercargill | 2onQ, 70 and 74 Kew Rd, Invercargill | Welcome In, 37 Hokonui Drive, Gore
There are three Mental Health Day Activity Centres in Southland. We provide an activity-based rehabilitation service with flexible and varied programmes of activities, including the arts. We aim to provide a safe environment for mutual support and information exchange, and to help people overcome social isolation.
Contact: Raylene Cole-Dawson, Team Manager | 03 214 5786 | 027 224 2527 firstname.lastname@example.org