Through conversations, walks, public events, performances, exhibitions and workshops we’re activating public spaces, streets, parks, town centres, and empty shops across the Whau area to build our creative culture and community.

Whau Community Arts Brokering

Whau Community Arts Brokering is a community service supported by the Whau Local Board tapping into the existing creative community in the Whau area to support the presentation of a range of temporary arts activities and activations in our urban environment.

By brokering arts activity by and for the people of the Whau we aim to nurture and share the cultural and creative vibrancy of our Whau communities.

What we support


We’re interested in what you’re interested in doing in the Whau, be it presenting a public event, performance, or exhibition or creating an opportunity for learning and participation like a workshop or a work co-created with a community. We’re open to ideas which place an emphasis on process, participation and social agency.

If your project will benefit the Whau through enriching its places and people or providing them with an opportunity to participate in the arts then get in touch.

How it works


The broker works with you to support you to bring your initiative to the Whau public.

We start with a conversation about what it is you want to do and from there work out what support you need. This can range from advice and assistance with council processes and grant applications to funding for project presentation and marketing assistance. We can also help you meet other creative people and organisations in the Whau.

Getting in contact

The Whau Community Arts Broker for 2016/17 is Melissa Laing. You can get in contact with her by email, phone 0211 829 451, on facebook or twitter @arts_whau

When you get in touch make sure to let her know: who you are, what it is you want to do, where and when you think it will happen, who your audiences are, and how it relates to the Whau area.

Arts Organisations in the Whau

Funding and Opportunities

Call for Proposals

The Whau Community Arts Broker will call for ideas and proposals for temporary arts activities and activations that need support to be realised across the Whau area in mid to late 2016 for 2017. We are interested in projects that are accessible and visible, and that engage with and reflect the diverse population of the area. We are also interested in community initiated projects with an emphasis on embedding creativity in everyday life and engaging with youth. Click here to read more about it:

Manaakitanga Fund

We know that hospitality is incredibly important for making audiences and artists feel supported and welcome. We also know that creative groups are working on very tight budgets to realise their exhibitions, performances, workshops and community events. The manaakitanga fund is intended to help with this. Click here to find out more about eligibility and how to apply

Mailing List

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