Art­sta­tion clos­ing to make im­prove­ments

Auckland City Harbour News - - NEWS -

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 land­coun­ or phone 376 3221 to reg­is­ter to at­tend or re­quest an ex­pres­sion of in­ter­est pack.

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