Artstation closing to make improvements
A Ponsonby Rd landmark used to housing cutting edge art projects is getting a shake-up of its own.
Artstation is being revamped to allow the space to be used more widely by the community.
It is hoped the changes will help it to operate within its budget.
individual studios can now be hired along with four new gallery spaces which will be relocated to the ground floor.
The Auckland Council is keen to involve as many creative people as possible in its development, council arts and culture manager Kaye Glamuzina says.
From next year Artstation will offer tuition in music, digital media, performance and writing to complement its 30-year history of offering visual arts.
The Waitemata Local Board, which is responsible for determining its use and function, requested a review to identify how it could run more effectively.
The council’s arts and culture unit manages and runs the centre on the board’s behalf.
Nga Rangatahi Toa Creative Arts Initiative creative director Sarah Longbottom is looking forward to seeing the building used to its full capacity.
The programme applies each year to use the space.
‘‘It always amazes me how many people from my com- munity haven’t even set foot in the building so it’s great that council is aware of that and is now doing something about it.’’
The facility will close from December 9 until late January for the work, reopening in February.
Expressions of interest for programmes, gallery and studio hire at Artstation for the first half of next year close on October 14.
An open day will be held at Artstation, 1 Ponsonby Rd on October 4 for anyone interested in finding out more about the changes. Email artstation@auck landcouncil.govt.nz or phone 376 3221 to register to attend or request an expression of interest pack.