Urban Dream Brokerage, which is part funded by Wellington City Council, works with property owners, managers, artists, individuals, and community groups to broker temporary use of space, be it public or commercial, empty, or underutilised, for innovative projects.
One example is the unoccupied space at 104 Courtenay Place, made available rent-free by Urban Dream Brokerage and the property owner, to artists Adam Ben-Dror and Xin Cheng (with support from Grace Ryder) for their co-creative hub A Place for Local Making.
Urban Dream Brokerage provided the artists with seed funding, and the project is also supported by the Council, and various not-for-profit organisations.
Re-fashioned as A Place for Local Making, it inspires Wellingtonians to recreate, rather than to put in the bin. In a climate of overflowing landfills, the artists strive for creative making which gives ‘waste’ a new life.
It is also bringing life back to central Wellington following two years of intermittent Covid-19 restrictions.
A Creative Mending Circle over the long weekend formed part of the hub’s public programme.