Creative spaces directory: Wellington 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 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.
Fareham Creative Space
Address: 80 Underhill Road, Paetumokai, Featherston
Fareham Creative Space promotes wellbeing and whakawhanangatanga through creativity and community by providing access to artmaking, creative expression, visual art, wearable art and dance. The programme holds open studio days, workshops, events and is responsive to both the participants as well as the needs of the wider community.
Contact: Julie Lewis | 0274 869 464 | firstname.lastname@example.org
Address: PO Box 14132, Kilbirnie, Wellington 6241
Home Ground is a multi-disciplinary community arts initiative based in the Wellington region, working with women who have experience of the justice system (Prison and community-based sentences). They provide access to high-quality artists and arts practice, improve creative delivery in challenging spaces and normalise participation in arts activities in public, and at home. Visit the website.
Contact Jacqui Moyes | 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
Kāpiti/Ōtaki Art Studio
Address: 6 Tongariro Street, Paraparaumu, Kapiti Coast
Ōtaki Memorial Hall, Main Street, Ōtaki
Kāpiti Art Studio is an accessible creative space for people who face barriers to participation in creative arts. Our mission is to nurture the creativity that comes from within and to foster a more inclusive society. Visit its Instagram and Facebook pages
Contact: Rebecca Bond, Co-ordinator | 022 355 2656 | email@example.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 mental illness. 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 | firstname.lastname@example.org
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 their Facebook page and the MIX website
Contact: Jackie Goody, Programme Manager | email@example.com | 04 569 3162
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 | firstname.lastname@example.org
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. Visit their Facebook page and website.
Contact: Anastasija Bubanja, Manager | 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 the website.
Contact: Sarah Yuile, Manager | 04 299 6981 | firstname.lastname@example.org
The Shed Creative Space
Address: 20 Tongariro St, Paraparaumu
The Shed Creative Space was set up in 2021 as it became apparent that creativity and the arts are a highly effective tool to address people's rising collective anxiety and a way to bring them together in communities. It offers a wide variety of tuition and materials where everyone is welcomed in a supportive environment. It is open 9am to 3pm every week day, and offers sessions in pottery, drama, visual art, music, dance and creative woodwork. Visit the website.
Contact: Jo Picot, Manager | 04 297 2713 / 028 438 3396 | email@example.com
Address: 5 Elizabeth St, Petone, Lower Hutt
Thumbs Up is a day service provider in Petone. It focuses on community engagement and inclusion, alongside supporting young people to have a full life. It offers a range of activities including drama, music and at least two art groups. Their most recent art programme is Hard Arts, a long term project building a greenhouse from recycled bottles. Their mission is to enable adults with intellectual disabilities to actively engage in the full life of their community, through participation, contribution, and meaningful relationships with others. Visit the Thumbs Up website.
Contact: Amanda Golding | 04 5868 069| Community@thumbsuptrust.org.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: Aroha Lowe, Kaiwhakahaere / General Manager | 04 499 1030 | firstname.lastname@example.org
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 | email@example.com
Wellington Inclusive Dance
Address: Te Whaea, 11 Hutchinson St, Newtown, Wellington
Wellington Inclusive 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 their Facebook page and the website
Contact: Sumara Fraser, Coordinator/Tutor | 021 050 1565 | firstname.lastname@example.org