In its 21 colourful, occasionally controversial and challenging years the Depot Artspace has remained constant in both its loyalty to the local community and responsiveness to an evolving, often volatile creative environment.
The Depot philosophy of encouragement, support and inclusiveness has been its touchstone since opening 1996 and has been the basis on which the Depot has grown into a multi-disciplinary creative community, encompassing all art forms, supporting artists at many different levels and across all generations.
Over the years we’ve assisted thousands of artists across a wide spectrum of backgrounds, media and career development, both emerging and established. We’ve also supported thousands of creatives to achieve their career goals through the ArtsLab formerly PACE (Pathways to Arts and Cultural Employment) programme.
The Depot is committed to strengthening New Zealand’s creative sector and since 1999 we have offered a variety of mentoring and professional development services from the original arts incubator mentoring scheme (AIMS) to ArtsLab and the most recent CareersLab creative consultancy.
Depot Sound recording studio has been at the heart of the local recording scene since the Depot’s inception, initially operating as a private studio up to 2008. From 2008 onwards Depot Sound has been a community service, accessible to all sound and music projects including; all musical genres and generations, voice-overs, radio shows, educational and meditation programmes.
Other initiatives grown from our grassroots ‘ear to the ground’ approach include the Cultural Icons suite of filmed interviews with significant characters in the cultural landscape and Depot Press publications which documents and celebrates Aotearoa New Zealand’s cultural identity.
The increasing use, development and diversity of the Depot’s services are a testimony to its responsiveness to change and new creative trends, neatly encapsulated in our circular mantra “creating an environment that encourages creating….”