ArtsLab is a creative, innovative and effective professional development and career guidance service for creatives across all sectors registered with Work and Income on the unemployment benefit, previously known as PACE (Pathways to Arts and Cultural Employment).


For 16 years ArtsLab has worked in the creative sector to provide career guidance, job seeking advice, mentoring support and professional development workshops, with the outcomes of employment, self-sustainability and a more resilient creative economy. Its home in the multi disciplinary arts centre of the Depot Artspace, provides many opportunities for creatives.


If you would like to find out how to access the ArtsLab programme please email or call us on 09 963 2328

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A visit to Monster Valley

An appreciative ArtsLab group hearing from Monster Valley’s Karl Sheridan (Founder and Creative Director) about the amazing story of how they have grown and developed their creative practice over the last decade into a successful & highly popular creative hub. Karl is an Artslab mentor approached by Erwin as a part of the ArtsLab’s networking with creative enterprise programme.

Motivational and inspiring to see where creative drive, initiative and working collaboratively with take you. Following through on passion projects and seizing on the opportunities that can be generated from them.

“It was amazing and a fresh perspective on creative multi-disciplinary arts hubs in Auckland!” – Allie (Artslab creative)


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On May 29 the Government announced $7.9 million for career support for creative jobseekers, to support artists back into sustainable work, and to “build on the most successful aspects” of the former Pathways to Arts and Cultural Employment (PACE) programme. PACE has been the only employment support initiative provided by a government since it was launched in 2001 under Helen Clark.


Depot Artspace has been involved in creative employment since 1999 and was one of the first organisations to provide a PACE programme to creative job seekers. After the dissolution of PACE we continued to successfully support creatives through ArtsLab and remained the only employment programme of its kind in Aotearoa NZ. While the programme has changed over the years to meet different government imperatives, the Depot has remained committed to a sustainable creative employment environment. In that time we have worked alongside 3000 creatives and is continuing to do so to this day.


With the advent of a newly structured PACE, we are asking Aotearoa NZ creatives like yourself; what you would value in a future programme.


We would really value your input to help us shape the services that will assist creatives into employment and a sustainable future.


Complete the survey by Wednesday 2nd September to go into the draw to win $200 cash!



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Click these links herehere for further information.

ArtsLab Team Post Lockdown Fun Colab

July 2020

The ArtsLab team set aside some time after coming back from Lockdown to create some collaborative fun using our individual creative talents and link us back to our Depot motto of “Creating an environment that encourages creating” – and that includes the internal Depot team too!


May the creative force be with you!

Highlight on Ashe

June 2020


“I’ve been visually impaired since birth…ArtsLab has made me feel supported, welcome and able to express myself for who I am where other workspaces have not – particularly with my being transgender.”

Auckland digital artist Ashe Black shares his amazing story with Arts Access Aotearoa about his life & his experience with us at Artslab! Read more in the link below 👇👀


Arts Access Aotearoa’s article on Ashe Black


Creative Networking Morning Tea

July 2020
Thanks to all for attending our first networking event for creatives. It was an opportunity for all our participants to come together, meet, talk and share ideas.
Our guest speaker, filmmaker Saurav Roy Chowdhury shared his journey of job-hunting and achieving work in his field for an international documentary film among other job opportunities just through networking.
Not only was this an opportunity to meet like-minded people in the same situation, but also a chance to practice and build valuable networking skills.


We are now very much looking forward to the next one!

Meet our Disability Advocate Jase!

February 2020




For someone born without arms and hands as we know them, Jase Smithyman (Wingless) approaches life with more energy and optimism than most of us who are fully endowed with their digits.


Jase is Depot Artspace’s Disability Advocate, part of Artslab (Depot’s creative professional development program) and an inspiration to anybody who thinks the world may have dealt them a “bad hand”. Don’t be offended, Jase enjoys the dark humour.


Jase is a black tip brown belt karate practitioner, a MAINZ graduate and a total administrative whizz, with all the tools of the trade online at his toe tips.


Auckland Festival of Photography

May 2020

An exhibition held straight after lockdown (observing rules ofcourse!)

Te Rua Raranga : Woven 2 weaved together the diverse works of 11 ArtsLab photographers and creative practitioners who represent the depth, scope and innovation of emerging creatives in Aotearoa New Zealand. This was part of the Auckland Festival of Photography & with generous support from Soar Print


We were delighted at the success of the show, the amazing turnout & vibes throughout!



Special thanks to Grant Kerr (NZ contemporary photography collector & philanthropist) who came in to give a special talk & critique for Artslab photographers during installation, Julia Durkin (founder & director of Auckland Festival of Photography) for her ongoing support.



If you missed the exhibition, you can view the amazing photographs from our 11 Artslab photographers in our online gallery.