Subsidised arts studio space available

Pictured: Applications for Wanaka Arts Centre’s subsidised arts studio spaces close on January 28.| Photo: Wanaka Arts Centre

Applications are rolling in for space to create art in Wanaka at a subsidised rate. In a shift from their previous waiting list format, Wanaka Arts Centre staff want to hear from applicants interested in their three arts studio spaces at the Centre, which will be available in February, at the subsidised rent of $20 per week per room.

With a higher demand for the studios, the application submissions allow the Wanaka Arts Centre to advertise to the wider community. Two spaces are 3m by 2.4m and the other space is slightly larger; all three are lockable and equipped with a storage cupboard.

“The Arts Centre has been offering these arts studios for the last two decades. It enables individuals who wouldn’t ordinarily be able to afford to pursue a career in the arts to have a central creative space to work from without financial pressure of needing to work full-time,” said Wanaka Arts Centre administrating manager Diana Hickey.

The wider community can submit a digital application under the umbrella of ceramics, fibre, mixed and electronic media, music, painting, photography, poetry, printing, sculpture, theatre and writing; submissions are due by January 28.

“The Wanaka Arts Centre is leased from the Queenstown Lakes District Council at a nominal rate and, therefore, has been offering these affordable arts studios for the last two decades. While the Arts Centre is leased by the QLDC, the [Wanaka Arts Centre] Trust maintain the building and all rents received go towards its running costs,” said Hickey.

She added the Trust also offers an annual scholarship of up to $2000 and, in addition, offers the main room hire to non-commercial community groups for meetings and workshops at a special rate of $10 per hour.

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