Creative spaces

Aho Whenua is our Aho Tini 2030, Arts Culture and Creativity Strategy focus on places, spaces, and venues; making our city alive with the possibility of art around every corner, and providing much-needed spaces to create, rehearse and perform in.

Through the Aho Tini consultation, we heard the message loud and clear – artists need access to spaces where they can develop and showcase their work, and there is a significant lack of (especially specialist) spaces for the sector in Pōneke.

As part of our Aho Tini Action Plan, we’ve been busy working with arts organisations and custodians to build connections and find spaces that can meet artists’ needs.

Bookable spaces

These bookable spaces around the city are available for hire by members of our creative community. If you're interested in any of these spaces, you can find out more by searching the list below or by contacting the custodians.

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If you're a creative looking for space, or a custodian looking to make space available, get in touch with Danny, Creative Spaces Advisor, at daniel.webster@wcc.govt.nz, or call him for a chat on 027 803 0461.

Other bookable Council spaces:

The Council has a range of indoor and outdoor venues that, while not specifically focused on artist needs, may be suitable for your purpose:

Artists working in a creative space.

Urban Dream Brokerage

Supported by Wellington City Council, Urban Dream Brokerage works with property stakeholders, artists, individuals, and community groups, to broker the temporary use of space, be it public or commercial, empty or underutilised, for innovative projects assisting in urban revitalisation.

They provide space for new community-building ideas from artists, creatives, and social practitioners, and for artists and community groups to collaborate and develop.  

Check out the exciting work they do to foster creativity in our city – visit the Urban Dream Brokerage website.

Arts Access Aotearoa

Arts Access Aotearoa | Putanga Toi ki Aotearoa’s purpose is to increase access to the arts for people who experience barriers to participation as artists, performers, audience members, and gallery and museum visitors. It does this by working in the disability, mental health and Deaf communities, and through a network of community arts organisations called creative spaces. It also works with the professional arts sector to help them improve their access to Deaf and disabled audiences.

You can search their creative spaces directory for spaces available in the Wellington region.

The exterior of Hannah Playhouse on Cambridge Terrace, Wellington.

The Hannah Playhouse to re-open

Wellington City Council and the Hannah Playhouse Trust are collaborating to re-open the iconic Hannah Playhouse as an affordable theatre space for the development of the professional performing arts sector in the city. 

Council will contribute to the theatre’s operating costs, ensuring the space is an affordable option for creative sector users.  

We wish to keep the theatre affordable and those using the Hannah will pay hire fees based on a sliding scale that aims to assist independent and local artists.

Currently, the Trust and the Council are working through an MOU and lease arrangements, but it is anticipated the Hannah will re-open in October, and Footnote New Zealand Dance is booked to use the space in November this year.  

More information will be available on the Hannah Playhouse website when the theatre opens.

In the meantime, if you have any queries, please email us on buscityarts@wcc.govt.nz