Creative spaces directory: Southland region

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 Southland or visit the national creative spaces directory

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C. S. Art Whare Toi

Address: 100 Esk Street, Invercargill

Celebrating 20 years of operation in June 2024, C.S. Art Whare Toi is an arts studio for people with limited access to the arts through disability or mental health. Its philosophy is one of inclusion, acceptance and belonging, welcoming more than 40 artists each week to one of six community classes. When funding allows, outside kaiako are sourced to lead music, stone carving and art wānanga. C.S. Art Whare Toi exhibits annually in Murihiku gallery spaces and cafes and was the inaugural recipient of the Big ‘A’ Award, presented by Arts Access Aotearoa. Speaking about the studio, one artist said: " It's a safe place. I don't have to put up my shield. I come and learn and develop my art abilities. It's a place where I can come and learn at my own pace. I can be my true self. I can come in that door and go 'whew, I'm home'." Visit its Facebook page.

Contact: Michelle Tahuaroa Dawson, co-founder and tutor | 027 465 7337 |



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