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Creative Spaces Network Website

About the Creative Spaces Network

From left: Circability in Auckland, Ōtautahi Creative Spaces in Christchurch, and MIX/Te Whare Toi in Wainuiomata

There are many creative spaces in communities throughout Aotearoa New Zealand, Through the national Creative Spaces Network, we  are offering a Professional Development Programme to build the capability and long-term health of creative spaces, and increase their capacity to profile and promote the value of what they do.

Creative spaces are inclusive and dynamic places where people who experience barriers to participation such as lack of access and stigma can explore their creativity and their art practice. Participants include people who are Deaf or hard of hearing; have learning, neurological or physical impairments; experience of mental distress; age-related vulnerability (senior citizens or vulnerable youth); and cultural isolation.

Creative spaces provide resources and assistance in ways that encourage self-expression, empowerment, and self-development through making art or participating in artistic activities. They offer a range of artforms, including visual art, sculpture, ceramics, theatre, dance, circus, music, film and creative writing. Some encourage an informal, drop-in approach while others prefer a structured approach, with programmes and workshops. Read more about these approaches

There are more than 80 creative spaces in communities throughout Aotearoa, Some were established in the 1980s, others more recently. Read more about the history of creative spaces 

To find out more about creative spaces and the Creative Spaces Network, contact Kate Hiatt, Creative Spaces Advisor, Arts Access Aotearoa (T: 04 802 4349 E:

Thank you to Manatū Taonga Ministry for Culture and Heritage, which has provided funding over three years to support the Professional Development Programme for creative spaces.


Ministry for Culture and Heritage link

Arts Access Aotearoa link

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