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Creative spaces directory: Wellington 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 Wellington. 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.

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: Sandi or Janet | 04 569 2181  artsonhigh@xtra.co.nz

Come Sew With Me

Address: Rose Cottage, Elizabeth Park, cnr of Dixon and Park St, Masterton.
Come Sew With Me Ltd is a working sewing machine museum where the public can come to view, sew, or learn to sew on my vintage sewing machines. Since December 2017 the Museum has become the happy place for many in the community who come in regularly to create beautiful things. People of all ages, cultures, genders and abilities are welcomed, and because you can’t sew on an empty stomach, those who come are provided with morning, afternoon tea and our famous fresh scones at lunchtime.  Open week days 10am - 4pm. Visit the Come Sew With Me Facebook page.
Contact: Heather Bannister, Museum Director | comesewwithme63@gmail.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 | claire@creativespark.nz​

Kapiti Art Studio

Address: 6 Tongariro Street, Paraparaumu, Kapiti Coast
Art Studio is space where people in Kapiti who are differently abled and/or living with mental illness can express themselves through art. Its mission is to nurture the creativity that comes from within and to foster a more inclusive society. It embraces and celebrates difference and cultural diversity. Visit the Kapiti Art Studio Facebook page.
Contact: Rebecca Bond, Co-ordinator | 022 355 2656 | kapitiartstudio@gmail.com 

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 | kingst@net.nz

MIX 

Address: 212 Knights Road, Hutt City and Uniting Parish Church, 2 Benzie Ave, Upper Hutt
This creative space 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 Hutt City space is open Monday to Friday for people who use mental health services. The Upper Hutt is open for art sessions on Tuesday and the wider wellbeing programme is open through most of the week. Visit the MIX website.
Contact:  Charlotte Miller | 04 569 3162  lowerhutt@mix.org.nz

Opportunity Arts

Opportunity Arts advocates for and empowers artists of diverse backgrounds who face barriers to participation in the arts. It provides practical support to individuals to develop sustainable arts practices. It works with talented and dedicated emerging artists, who for various reasons (for example, disability) require additional support to access opportunities that can increase their audience, profile, income, sense of pride and purpose. It's passionate about social change and diversifying the New Zealand contemporary art scene. Visit Opportunity Arts' website and online shop, plus its Facebook page.
Contact: Eryn Gribble, Director | 027 470 6307 |  opportunityarts@gmail.com 

Pablos Art Studio Inc

Address: 118 Tory St, Wellington
Pablos Art Studio 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. Its ROAR! gallery is situated at 209 Left Bank Arcade, Wellington. Visit the Pablos website.
Contact the team:  | 04 382 8885 | director@pablosart.org.nz 

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. For more info.
Contact: Sarah Yuile, Manager | 04 299 6981 | info@tearakorowai.org.nz

The Shed Project Kapiti

Address: 20 Tongariro St, Paraparaumu
The Shed Project aims to improve the lives of differently abled people and their communities. It provides many opportunities and choices, including art classes, music classes, community-based NZQA accredited education, hands-on vocational courses, woodworking, craft skills, toy-making and recreational events (fishing, camping etc). Visit the website
Contact: Denis Wood, Manager | 04 297 2713 | denis@shedproject.co.nz

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 | vincentsartworkshop@xtra.co.nz 

Vinnies Re Sew

Address: Mezzanine Floor, 32 Rongotai Road, Kilbirnie, Wellington

Vinnies Re Sew is a sustainable sewing studio that uses the textile waste from Vinnies op shops to create meaningful creative activities and opportunities for anyone within the Wellington region. It’s a space where ideas, crafts and skills are shared across generations and cultures. Visit the website 

Contact: Caroline O’Reilly, Textile Recycling Co-ordinator and Sewing Tutor | 027 499 4882 | resew@vinnieswgtn.org.nz

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 | nicola@voice-arts.org.nz 

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. Visit the website.
Contact: Sumara Fraser, Coordinator/Tutor | 021 050 1565 | widancenz@gmail.com

 

 

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