Job Vacancy for Creative Career and Employment Manager

One of New Zealand’s most established and longest running Creative Career and Employment Services, Depot Artspace, has been delivering professional development and career guidance services for creatives for nearly 20 years.


Q & A with Alison Steiner

Alison Steiner is a Creative Business Consultant working on our Wayfind Creative programme.

We would like to ask you some questions…

  1. As a creative careers mentor – what do you most want to achieve?
    I would like to work with my mentees to help them improve their incomes and outcomes by supporting them to develop sustainable creative practice.
  2. What do you hope to offer Wayfind Creatives?
    Along with my colleagues at Wayfind Creative, I hope to offer the Wayfind Creatives a framework from which to develop their practice, that is meaningful, and supportive of their long term goals. Understanding that their goals will not be achieved overnight in many cases but through good planning, resilience, persistence and perseverance will be more attainable.
  3. What are your particular areas of expertise?
    I have B.Com, and Grad Dip Arts. My areas of expertise come from a creative business practice where I was the business owner/manager/director, developing a strategy to identify, grow, develop and implement opportunities include business planning, accounting, marketing, commissions, funding applications.
  4. What do you think is the greatest strength of being a creative?
    The greatest strength of being a creative is their vision and ability to create.
  5. What do you think is the greatest challenge of being a creative?
    I think the biggest challenge of being a creative is earning income from their practice i.e. developing a sustainable career working in their practice. Often Creatives’ like to do everything themselves and not get help. I understand this is mostly due to $$ but they need to trust themselves, their ability and be strategic.
  6. Has life changed for you since Covid-19?
    If so, please share… I am not sure Covid changed my life, however, through this time, I have transitioned out of the creative business I part-owned, and re-evaluated my work/life goals. I was able to participate in around 34 (free) online presentations, due to Covid, including Social Enterprise World Forum, Maori Business and Innovation. I used the time to reflect on how I could transform my life to enable my work and personal life to be complementary in an authentic, innovative, good way. I identified that the skills and experience from my working life could be shared to help guide creatives to navigate their way to sustainable business practice with underlying ethics and philosophy of integrity, authenticity, equity, equality, resilience, whanaungatanga (connection) and manaakitanga (kindness).
  7. What will your life look like in a year?
    I would like to think I have mentored a range of creatives who are on their way to establishing their practice and to have continued to engage with other creatives, businesses and community to create connections and opportunities we haven’t thought of yet (across sectors) including a digital hub to improve social, creative and economic wellbeing.
  8. What’s the most important lesson life has taught you so far?
    No matter what happens, you can get through it (resilience), try to keep an open mind to everything, persistence, ask for help, keep moving one foot in front of the other and importantly, breathe, (i.e. look after your wellbeing)A recent personal example of this:
    Following a wonderful walk of part of the Camino de Santiago in 2017, I received a Breast Cancer diagnosis when I had just started a GradDipArts and transitioning out of the creative practice I was in.I completed the first course and took time out (from formal study) and moved to online learning, exploring a range of ideas and theories, while I undertook treatment, including five operations and chemotherapy.

    At the same time, I needed to make sure my role of managing the business was maintained, particularly as the IRD, banks and creditors don’t wait! In 2019/20, I completed my GradDipArts and exited the creative practice as described earlier.

    This journey has not been easy but in the words of Winston Churchill, “If you’re going through hell, keep going”.

Q & A with Felicity Letcher

Felicity Letcher is a Creative Business Consultant working on our Wayfind Creative programme.

We would like to ask you some questions…

  1. As a creative careers mentor – what do you most want to achieve?
    My entire working life has been involved in the creative sector across a range of different disciplines including art, comedy, theatre, dance, singing, screen and gaming. I’ve also been responsible for creating environments for creativity and collaboration to thrive. I want to pass the lessons I’ve learnt during my creative journey to others. I want to help them (Creative Wayfinders) discover a pathway to a sustainable creative practice that is also financially rewarding. I’m here to assist mentorees to look for the signs of opportunity: how to spot them, how to go after them and then how to make the most of them once they have the opportunity in their hands. I’m also keen to develop their skills at collaboration and co-operation which are essential to having a sustainable life in the creative sector.
  2. What do you hope to offer Wayfind Creatives?
    Giving mentorees scaffolding to climb on, help them discover their own pathway and share my experiences and learnings from my journey.
  3. What are your particular areas of expertise?
    Structuring a creative practice. Establishing good business structure and practice. Creative and business planning. Identifying and establishing the market for your work. Presentation of your work and your brand, funding and portfolio development.
  4. What do you think is the greatest strength of being a creative?
    Resilience. The ability to listen and collaborate.This is not an easy path but it is extremely rewarding.
  5. What do you think is the greatest challenge of being a creative?
    To understand that no success is over night. That it comes from years of practicing and developing your craft, your brand and your market. Being able to articulate what success and sustainability will look like for you.
  6. Has life changed for you since Covid-19? If so, please share…
    Yes, Covid 19 has had a big impact. We used the opportunity to change our focus and take time to go back to things that my husband and I both loved. This involved reassessing our wants and needs, downsizing and taking an active break from our creative service company. My husband is now fulltime in his art practice and I am focused on upskilling and developing a new screen business that has an ethos of collaboration in order to out to the international market. I have always been committed to the development of the creative industries and raise the capability of those who are starting their journey in it. These decisions enables me to spend time doing that.
  7. What will your life look like in a year?
    More consolidated and focused than this year! I’ll have a couple of key focused projects that I’m involved in with great people attached in a strongly collaborative environment.
  8. What’s the most important lesson life has taught you so far?
    My dad always said “Do what you love and the money will come.” I’ve lived by that and it has always served me well. Don’t be in a rush, good things take time. I also think that you need to work with good people who are kind and will look out for you and what is happening in your life. In other words “Don’t work with A-holes”!

Local musicians/artists/performers wanted: Paid work

Fresh Concept are looking for musicians/artists/performers for “Race days by the sea” as part of the Summernova programme for the 36th America’s Cup presented by PRADA, taking place throughout summer 2021. As part of this significant occasion, Devonport will be hosting Race Days by the Sea, a 6 day event series which will be free and accessible for the local community.

Artists & performers need to be secured by this week! Please email Angela Hicks: if you would like to be part of this!

Event dates
Fri 5th to Sun 7th March
Fri 12th to Sun 14th March

What is the event and what is happening
Race Days By The Sea is a 6 day event series which ties into the America’s Cup racing schedule. The events will happen over the first 2 weekends of the racing in March. The key activities happening at Windsor Reserve are as follows:- A large screen TV playing the live feed of the racing
– Live performances (music, dance, etc) prior to the racing
– Games & activities
– Kids workshops
– Local food offering

Performance opportunities
We have a range of ways people can get onboard.
– Perform before the racing on a stage next to the big screen
– Roving entertainment
– Facilitate a workshop, games, storytime, etc
– Display artwork onsite
– Create artwork onsite
– Display digital content on the large LED screen prior to the race screening

What else is happening in the area on these days
There is another offering up Maungauika/North Head which is managed by the Tūpuna Maunga Authority. This consists of performances, art displays, a Māori food offering, and a stunning view of the harbour.


Introducing our new General Manager

Amy Saunders is returning to New Zealand in the new year to take up the position of General Manager at the Depot Artspace and is honoured and delighted to take up this role.


Having lived between New Zealand and the UK for many years her family are returning to Devonport where they settled in 2013 before heading back to Scotland for a few years where her husband and family are from.


Amy has worked in the arts and creative sector for the last 20 years working with and supporting artists and arts organisations in New Zealand, the UK and internationally.


“I am thrilled and excited to be coming home to work with the Depot and all that it offers the community and artists across all genres. I can’t wait to spend more time with the team and members of the community to learn about how we can build on what has already been so lovingly created. This feels like a challenging but ripe time to acknowledge the role the arts have to play in society and the importance of looking after people from within our communities and from every corner of our communities, while still inspiring and supporting ambitious aspirations and projects.

“My thinking and outlook in life and work has always been very international but rooted locally and I’ve been lucky enough to follow a path that has allowed me to explore and connect with ideas and colleagues from around the world for most of my professional life.


I’m a strong believer in the power of collaboration and in continued exploration and learning in all that we do.


Amy comes to the Depot from her most recent post as Head of Participant Services and Arts Industry and Marketplace Manager at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe which is the largest arts festival and marketplace in the world. She was also previously the General Manager and International Project Lead at Festivals Edinburgh, the strategic body that works with the 12 leading Edinburgh Festivals and was Senior International Adviser at Creative New Zealand for five years before returning to Edinburgh to take up the Fringe role.


Amy returns to Devonport with her husband Kenneth and their two daughters Isla (5) and Annie (3).

Seeking: New Exhibition Curator and Manager

We are seeking an Exhibition Curator and Manager to work with the wider Depot team to provide successful exhibition experiences for exhibitors and visitors.  If you are familiar with contemporary NZ arts and arts practice, enjoy building relationships with artists, audiences and volunteers and have a professional approach which includes strong administration skills, value collaboration with other places and projects, we invite you to apply for this position.
How to apply:

Please read the full Job Description requirements and apply though our website:

For further information please contact Lynn Lawton 021 685737

Depot Artspace Gallery Call Out – Exhibitions & Events 2021

Over the years, Depot’s adaptability and responsiveness to change have sustained it through the vagaries of life. While 2020 has thrown us all some major curve balls, we’re facing 2021 with optimism about the difference the arts can make to our future; both here in Aotearoa and to the world.

Depot Galleries are a part of this new future, and in 2021 we will be offering opportunities for exhibitions and events that are both responsive and give form to the changing creative landscape

The Depot Artspace kaupapa, “Creating an environment that encourages creating,” is brought to life through our exhibition programme where practising artists are able to attract and engage their audience in a multi-disciplinary creative space which embodies a strong sense of whanau community.

What exhibiting at the Depot means:

  • One of the key components of the Depot valued by its members and visitors is the experience of community and of wairua. Through both the culture of the Depot and its exhibitions, we draw people together.
  • As a multi-disciplinary creative community there are opportunities for cross-pollination, collaboration and an ongoing relationship.
  • Exhibiting artists are able to participate in our annual Members’ Show and any other exhibitions with a membership base.

Download the 2021 exhibition & events proposal form from:

Please email your proposal form to 

Outside our doors & within our walls


There are several upgrades happening right now at Depot Artspace.  Clarence Street is getting a full spruce up which includes the pavement outside the Depot being re-laid with a design by Jermaine Reihana, artist and Depot Artspace Maori liaison.  Jermaine’s design represents the 3 maunga of the Devonport Peninsula and takes the form of a Maori triangle weaving motif.

Depot Sound is also undergoing changes to its studios which will allow two separate recording/mixing/editing projects to be undertaken at the same time without interference to the other.  This is a fantastic opportunity for the growing studio which has recently added multimedia production to the services they offer.


Depot Artspace 2019 – questions, concerns and devolopments

“We employ the transformative capacity of the arts to engage, inspire and challenge the community”

This Mission informs our decisions and we almost daily hear stories of how artists, visitors and those using the many Depot services experience meaningful engagement, are inspired in their creative practice and often challenged. Last year we undertook a review of the use of our facilities to determine how fit for purpose they were in relation to our Mission. The Board of Trustees also considered research findings by Linda Blincko concerning changes in the arts and creative sector over the past decade. As a result, we are implementing three changes to our facilities, largely funded by a much-appreciated grant from Lotteries, that will keep the depot in step with the opportunities and challenges of the creative environment both now and into the future. Below is the new internal layout for the Depot and details of these changes that will take place mid-January to early February.

A critical question explored was the viability of galleries, given the development of secondary markets and significant changes in primary arts markets, away from galleries and towards art fairs, charity art auctions, online sales from artists’ personal websites and national and international sites. In our experience, exhibitions that remain popular have most of the following characteristics; they convey meaning, tell a story, build a sense of cultural/historic/local/national identity across a variety of themes, and involve audience participation. We are excited about our 2019 exhibition programme and have accepted proposals from artists that meet these characteristics and we will also be reconfiguring the gallery space in January to better facilitate these exhibitions. The Art Room will be better position and furnished providing a variety of price accessible work from our members for visitors to explore and purchase.

A concern was the off site location of the ArtsLab programme, which has been operating at Whare Toi – Kerr St Artspace for a number of years. Our conversations with creatives tell stories of isolation and a desire to belong to a creative community and network
with other creatives. The Whare Toi is distant from the creative and supportive environment of the Depot with all the creative services and facilities we offer. In response, we are shifting the ArtsLab programme to the Depot Artspace February 2019 and reconfiguring the current Art Room space to provide a workroom for ArtsLab seminars that will also be available for hire by artists and the community. A Hub area for networking and conversation will be established at the rear of the Main gallery with a moveable wall to provide for expansion for events. The high wall in the middle of the gallery, built for the Rembrandt Remastered exhibition will be removed to provide better flexibility of use for the main Gallery

A development need was upgrading Depot Sound Studio 2 to provide for both Studio 1 and 2 operating concurrently. Studio 2 was built in 1997 and sound leakage into Studio 1 occurs through the hay bale walls and lack of ceiling insulation limits its use. The upgrade will provide both a better operational layout and greatly improved insulation so that both Studios can operate concurrently. This will expand the volume and range of work we can do and provide a better workflow for our engineers Dave Rhodes and Morgan Allen.

Our Cultural Icons Re-Homed

The Depot Artspace’s Cultural Icons project brings the wisdom, histories and lives of our most treasured cultural contributors into your own home and now, they too have a beautifully updated new home.

Through the generosity of a Depot Artspace member donation, the support of an ArtsLab website developer and award winning Iceberg website builders, we have been able to rebuild the Cultural Icons website to include a greatly improved user interface and all interviews as fast streaming podcasts. 

It is now even easier to explore the stories of 80 iconic and emerging New Zealand creatives including Nigel Brown, Alison East, Helen Pollock, Terry Stringer, Peter Peryer, Fatu Feu’u, Stanley Palmer, Tony Watkins, Peter Scholes and Mary McIntyre.

The Depot’s Cultural Icons project celebrates people who have shaped New Zealand’s arts & culture scene. A valuable, informative and accessible series of recorded interviews and talks, conducted between contemporaries, with the aim of sharing the histories, stories and experiences of some of New Zealand’s most significant arts and culture contributors.  The project also brings into view those creative contributors who are establishing their place as Icons in the Emerging Icons series.  Emerging Icons include Jermaine Reihana, Drew Hill and Simon Kerr among others.


The interviews are freely available at



When Barack Obama took office he committed to reading 10 letters a day from the 10,000 he received daily from the American people, becoming the first president to put such a deliberate focus on constituent correspon­dence. ‘Late each afternoon, around five o’clock, a selection would be sent up from the post room to the Oval Office. The “10 LADs”, as they came to be known – for “10 letters a day” – would circulate among senior staff and the stack would be added to the back of the briefing book the president took with him to the resi­dence each night. He answered some by hand and wrote notes on others for the writing team to answer, and on some he scribbled “save”.’



Opening Event of the 2018 Depot Members Exhibition

We enjoyed a fantastic turn-out at the event opening the much loved Depot Artspace members exhibition ‘Big Little Show’ on

Saturday 3 November.  The walls and gallery are laden with wonderful small works, all available for under $250.

Memories and Promises

Jacinda Ardern at the Labour Party Arts Policy launch at Depot Artspace in 2011. The launch included the commitment to the continuation of PACE and the establishment of Creative Apprenticeships, which the Depot had been advocating for, hence the launch here. MP Steve Chadwick, Arts and Culture Spokesperson, now Mayor of Rotorua, led the event. MPs Darien Fenton and Maryan Street were also in attendance. It was exciting to have so many Labour Party MPs support the Arts and Culture Policy

Depot Artspace Members Exhibition – CALL OUT


Depot Artspace Members Exhibition – CALL OUT

Depot Artspace extends an invitation to all Members to present works for Big Little Show: Members Exhibition 2018, a curated exhibition of small works. See details here or give us a call on on 9632331 to find out more.

PulseArt: Potpourri Opening


At the opening of Potpourri, an exhibition by PulseArt at Depot Artspace, 6 – 24 October 2018

Lesbian art collective PulseArt was formed in 1999 and while only one of the original artists remain in the group, their objective remains;

“We wanted to have a way of expressing our identity without constantly arguing for it. This wasn’t an intentional political act although we are very aware that ‘the personal is political’, nor was it a deliberate act of separatism, but rather a desire to exhibit together in a comfortable and safe space. We wanted greater lesbian visibility.

Our reason for being a lesbian group remains the same; identity is important to us. Some labels are more acceptable than others. Identity politics is now seen as anachronistic. Our desire to maintain it in our current climate of equality has often been seen as unnecessary when we’ve achieved so much. We feel strongly that without asserting our identity we will disappear.

Labels exist. As lesbians we exist. Our art is an important vehicle for claiming who we are – for labelling ourselves ‘lesbian’. It speaks out for us”. PulseArt 2018

BiblioHub – book launches and celebrations

BiblioHub: September 28 – October 3

As part of celebrating Devonport’s rich and diverse literary community, BiblioHub brings together local booksellers, book-makers, book writers of all genre, and book lovers.

BiblioHub events at Depot Artspace included book launches by local authors Geoff Allen and Mickey Smith; Michael King:  A Commemoration by the Michael King Writers Centre in the Vernacular Lounge;  Frank Sargeson – 70th Anniversary of the Sargeson House and displays from Paradox Books, Devonport Library Associates, Flagstaff, Bookmark and Depot Press.

BiblioHub is Depot Artspace’ inaugural celebration of Devonport’s rich literary community; its writers, writing collectives, readers clubs’, book outlets and bibliophiles .

Devonport may have the biggest population of writers, aficionados and affiliates, along with its significant literary heritage, in Aotearoa and BiblioHub is here to celebrate this phenomenon.

This is our first event and we have hardly touched the surface of this fertile field, but we hope to have planted a small garden which, by this time next year will have borne more splendid fruit.

Guests enjoyed launching Mickey Smith’s latest book,  As You Will: Carnegie Libraries of the South Pacific at Depot Artspace on Saturday, as part of Depot’s BiblioHub.

As you Will is available online through the publisher Te Tuhi and at selected bookstores.


Depot Artspace, publisher Makaro Press, Geoff Allen and guests celebrate his new publication Fairies of Down Under and other Pakeha Fairy Tales.  The book is available through Makaro Press and selected bookstores.






Grassroots and Change

Kuini Karanui speaks at the Turangawaewae: Sense of Place exhibition at Depot Artspace

‘Grassroots’ is defined as ‘community-engaged’; grassroots are the people in and of a community, as contrasted with those at the top, ‘the leadership or elite of a private or government organisation.’

Depot Artspace is proudly grass roots. From this point it keeps an ear to the ground, the place where people stand – their turangawaewae – and from which, if nurtured, things grow and are sustained.

Over nearly more than two decades, the Depot has developed facilities, services and new initiatives that respond to the needs and interests of the creative community, both local and beyond. These include: galleries; recording and rehearsal studios; ArtsLab, the biggest professional development programme for artists nationally; creative internships research and development; Cultural Icons, a filmed interview series (78 interviews so far) with people who have been significant in the cultural landscape; Depot Press, including ‘The Vernacularist’ journal, W’akaputanga, Turangawaewae/Sense of Place and LOUD magazine.


MāoriGrl in the Context of Atua Wahine [Videos]

On Sunday 8 July we were privileged to have renowned researcher and author Dr Aroha Yates Smith and her daughter Kahurangiariki Smith hosting a special artist talk discussing the development of the video game MāoriGrl in relation to Yates-Smith’s thesis Hine! E Hine! Rediscovering the Feminine in Maori Spirituality (1998).

Together they expanded on the story of Hine-nui-te-pō and other atua wāhine (Māori goddesses) presence in today’s world, the reciprocal interaction of ancestors and descendants taking care of the environment, and the relevance of atua wāhine in Aotearoa’s society today.


Here is Part One and Part Two of the Artist Kōrero: MāoriGrl in the Context of Atua Wahine that was live streamed on our Facebook page – Sunday 8 July 2018 [1pm – 2:30pm]

MEDIA RELEASE: Aotearoa forest, flora and whenua enrich Depot Artspace gallery for Matariki 2018

Two thought-provoking exhibitions honouring the natural environment will be on display at Depot Artspace from 14 to 25 July for the Matariki Festival 2018.

Forest has the Blues is a printmaking installation project that draws the unique plant life of Aotearoa into the gallery space to boldly question the limits of plant regrowth and regeneration in a high density urban environment like Auckland.

In keeping with this theme, the exhibition Whenua: Land curated by Depot Artspace Māori Liaison, Jermaine Reihana, celebrates distinctive perceptions of and relationships to whenua of artists both past and present.


Click here for the full media release. 


Image credit: Celia Walker (top artwork), Takuranga by Richard Joughin (bottom artwork)

Kerr St Artspace becomes Whare Toi with unique blessing ceremony

Tuesday, July 3, Takarunga Mt Victoria

6am, and the maunga wears its fading korowai of night. There are stars still and the moon at half-mast. Below us the baubled city stands to attention.


We are gathered in the arms of Takarunga, mana whenua, manuhiri, kaitiaki, community, those for whom the maunga is home, guide, companion and seer, to bless Kerr St Artspace with a new name, Whare Toi which signifies our relationship with Tupuna Maunga Authority and honours our attachment to Takarunga.

Among us are Roger Giles of the Bunker, Jan McEwan and Tania Stewart of MKWC, David Wright, Director of the Navy Museum, Council and Local Board representatives, Chris Darby, Richard Hills and Mike Cohen, TMA members Paul Puru, Dominic Wilson and Nick Turoa and Depot Artspace whanau, represented by Jermaine Reihana who speaks to the kaupapa of the Depot which brought us to Takarunga more than 15 years sgo.

Whare Toi is blessed by kaumatua Jim Rauwhero and kaikaranga caller Dolly Tai Rakena both gifted by ancestry tupuna with the whakapapa of the maunga.

Each of us follows them through the building, touching its wooden bones, acknowledging its presence on Takarunga for 7 decades or more, and its constant service to this community; as a post-war transit house for those waiting to be re-homed, as one of Auckland’s early community houses, as a youth employment centre and now as an arts hub offering arts classes and a professional development programme for creatives.

As the sun rises we share kai and some good conversation with our community of friends, old and new, and with hearts warmed and bellies content we take our leave from Whare Toi.

Kahurangiariki Smith interviewed by Radio New Zealand for MāoriGrl exhibition

The very talented Kahurangiariki Smith was interviewed by Te Manu Korihi reporter John Boynton from RNZ last week about her #debutsoloshow MāoriGrl!

“Kahurangiariki made the game over a year as part of an art project, and with a limited background in gaming and programming she found the process tough.

I just wanted to bring back this knowledge about atua wāhine like Hine-nui-te-pō – her in particular because she’s been kind of demonised over the years.

I’d love to expand on this story and expand more on mum’s thesis and the atua wāhine she mentions there.”


Click here to read the full article on the RNZ website! 

Auckland City Mission: Life & This Is Where I Live

Read the full article HERE

Life by Auckland City Mission opens Saturday 23 June, 2pm in the Main Gallery.

Many thanks to Stuff journalist Matthew Rosenberg for sharing this meaningful story.

MEDIA RELEASE: Emerging artist brings atua wāhine (Māori Goddess) story to life with immersive digital installation for Matariki 2018.

“It feels fitting to open my first public show during Matariki, celebrating atua wāhine, Māori knowledge and community within such a transformative time. I hope our old stories can resonate with people of all ages and backgrounds. To be able to share these stories is an honour.”


Kahurangiariki Smith is many things; fine arts student, artist, storyteller, video game developer and most importantly, advocate for indigenous art.

Her debut solo exhibition, MāoriGrl, combines installation and a role-playing platformer video game that reinvents the story of Hine-tītama /Hine-nui-te-pō, the woman who became the goddess of death in Māori mythology.

Click here for the full media release.

MEDIA RELEASE: Auckland City Mission and Depot Artspace host mixed-media exhibition with a global twist.

“Our previous collaboration with Auckland City Mission succeeded in deconstructing stereotypes at all levels. Homelessness is not a defining characteristic of a human being, it’s a situation some people are going through,” says Depot Artspace Creative Director, Linda Blincko. “The exhibition produced significant work. These artists have lives aside from the identity they are given. It’s important to continue to remind people of this.”


Depot Artspace is thrilled to once again host artists from the Auckland City Mission Arts Activities programme in a unique mixed-media exhibition.

Opening Saturday 23 June in Devonport, Life will feature art works from some of Auckland’s inner-city rough sleepers and marginalised people, as well as the global art exchange project, This Is Where I Live.

Click here for the full media release.


MEDIA RELEASE: Anarchism features large at Depot Artspace for the 2018 Auckland Festival of Photography.

“More often than not, art is about pushing the boundaries, breaking the rules and exploring infinite creativity. Depot Artspace is celebrating the 2018 Auckland Festival of Photography by hosting two exhibitions that challenge its theme of Control.”


Here is the official media release for our latest exhibitions; Walk: An antithesis to the decisive moment and Out of Control, both included in the 2018 Auckland Festival of Photography programme.

Linda Jarrett interviewed for Devonport Flagstaff magazine!

Our current exhibiting artist, Linda Jarrett was interviewed by Emelia at Devonport Flagstaff for the June 1 edition. Her debut solo exhibition officially opens tomorrow evening (Fri 1 June, 5:30pm). Alongside Linda J, our Creative Director Linda Blincko was also interviewed about our participatory photography exhibition, Out of Control. Read the full magazine here. 

Submission Shout Out for Arts in Action blog

The arts provide a powerful platform for raising and addressing issues that face humanity, our wellbeing, our planet.  Arts in Action is part of the Depot Artspace community where we offer commentary, opinion and alternative solutions on a variety of issues. And now we’d like to hear from you!


Arts In Action is offering an opportunity for you to highlight your concerns and creative solutions to them, from changing the health system in Aotearoa to advocating for the arts as a beacon for freedom.

We are keen to receive submissions for Arts In Action from utopians, iconoclasts, activists, basically anyone  impassioned about making a difference to this world of increasing inequity and injustice. For inspiration check out the articles we’ve published so far this year and our latest LOUD Magazine.

Send your submissions to Linda Blincko, Creative Director of Depot Artspace in Word.doc format with accompanying images (including image credits). Please note that selection & publishing of submissions will be at the Creative Director’s discretion.

Fauze & Fiona host vibrant opening event!

Last Saturday 12 May saw the opening of Fauze Hassen’s debut solo show, Yellow Street Light Madness and Fiona Gray’s solo show, Flight of Light. Both artists were thrilled with the turnout and we were lucky enough to have live music for part of the event from Coromandel based duo Let’s Go Descarrego who just recently recorded songs at Depot Sound.

Here’s a few pics from the event, the full album can be found on our Facebook page. Make sure you visit both of these shows before they close on Tues 29 May.

A Moving Tribute & The Giant Peace Poppy featured in The Devonport Flagstaff

We were thrilled to have the opening of our 2 latest exhibitions, ‘A Moving Tribute’  by Helen Pollock (ONZM) and The Giant Peace Poppy by Tony McNeight featured in The Devonport Flagstaff (May 4 issue)!

A huge thanks to reporter Emelia Lake, from The Devonport Flagstaff for such a brilliant summary of what was a very moving and aroha filled event.

The opening event took place on Monday 23 April, 2018 in the Main Gallery. 

Coming Soon: The Giant Peace Poppy Project

The Giant Peace Poppy Project by Tony McNeight is a participatory exhibition in honour of ANZAC Day, opening on Monday 23 April, 6:30pm. [Please Note: the dates indicated in this article are incorrect]. Here’s an article from the April 6 issue of Devonport Flagstaff magazine:

For the full exhibition listing click HERE.