Behind the Scenes of Toi Pōneke Arts Centre

19 May 2014

Toi Pōneke Arts Centre opens its doors for the public to go behind-the-scenes for Wellington Open Day, Sunday 25 May, 11am–4pm.

Stefano Tevaga in his Studio, painting at his easle

Stefano Tevaga in his Toi Pōneke Studio

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People will be able to meet the artists, see the studios or join a workshop; enrol in free Tango lessons in the dance studio; join a choir for a day with Community Music Junction – all abilities welcome; or take a yoga class.

Paora, Director of Toi Pōneke, believes the Art Centre adds to the cultural well being of the city, “by nurturing emerging artists alongside established arts professionals. Toi Pōneke feeds into the wider cloak of Wellington’s creative fabric. The Open Day provides a great opportunity for the public to meet and view resident artists and arts organisations at work in their studios and offices.” 

Funded by Wellington City Council, Toi Pōneke is home to 20 arts businesses and organisations and more than 40 independent studio artists across 50 studios and offices. Facilities include WiFi, computers, private meeting rooms, dance and music studios, rehearsal spaces with kitchens and greenrooms scattered throughout.

As well as Toi Pōneke Gallery and its many studios, the centre also provides offices for Arts Access Aotearoa, Soundz New Zealand, Fishead, Workspace Studios, Fringe Festival, Dance Aotearoa and Shakespeare Globe Centre among others.

The buildings teem with visual artists, audio artists, directors, writers, dancers, creative businesses and arts organisations and offers a supportive environment for emerging artists through to artists with extensive CVs.

A day for art lovers, friends, families and kids, Toi Pōneke is great for all weathers and you can avoid the queues. 

Coffee supplied by the Laundry Bar on Cuba Street.

For more details, see:
Toi Pōneke Open Day 2014 Programme  (770KB PDF)