Depot Sound launches Beats Vs. Vocals!

Depot Sound Recording Studio are excited to launch their new project for producers and vocalists: Beats Vs. Vocals. 

Here’s some info from Depot Sound music producer and audio engineer (and the brains behind this project!) Morgan Allen:

If you are producer/beatmaker looking for a vocalist to collaborate with, or likewise a singer looking for an instrumental to write to, this project is for you!

This is a project we’re super excited about and thanks to Auckland Council Creative Communities we’re able to offer our services to those involved free of charge!

So what it is? 

Beats Vs. Vocals is a collaborative project looking to bridge the gap between vocalists and producers (those making beats or production based music) by providing an opportunity for emerging artists to collaborate with one another and create new works. Those selected for the project will be able to meet and work with like minded musicians resulting in a recording session at Depot Sound.

How do I get involved?

Send us an email telling us your story. The more the better. If you have any existing work or demo’s we can listen to, send those through too. Let us know what it is you’d like to do, the kind of work you’d like to create and why your music is important to you.

We’ll get back to you as soon as we can to discuss how this project might work for you.

Send your email to We’re also happy to chat and answer questions about the project anytime, so feel free to give us a call on (09) 963 2328

Stay connected with Depot Sound on Facebook and Instagram or visit for more information about the services they currently offer. 

Depot Artspace encourages submissions for Auckland Plan 2050

Why have the arts, culture and creativity been excluded from the Auckland plan’s strategic priorities?

Arts activist Elise Sterbeck points out that, “this plan replaces the previous Auckland Plan and the “liveable city” vision, and removes one of the guiding principles for our sector, the goal of “integrating arts and culture into the everyday lives of Aucklanders.” Without this objective, the policies (Toi Whitiki – Council’s Regional Arts and Culture Strategy) and resources dedicated to supporting our sector are at risk.”

We cannot over-emphasise the need to make a submission regarding the essential part the arts play in the life of a city and that Auckland Council has a responsibility to ensure its sustainability.

To make a submission to the draft Auckland plan and 10 year budget go to: and give your feedback under the “Any other feedback” sections.  Submissions close Wednesday 28th March, 8pm. 

Depot Artspace is a passionate advocate for community arts. In 2014, we wrote an alternative action plan in response to Auckland Council’s Arts Strategy which was thin on the ground in relation to art in the community, focusing more on structured and institutionalised activities and facilities. You can read our Alternative Grassroots Arts and Culture Action Plan HERE.


The Reed Pen’s Tale featured in Office of Ethnic Communities newsletter!

During his hugely successful debut solo show, Master Calligrapher Sayed Ali Karam Jawhary’s exhibition The Reed Pen’s Tale was featured in the Office of Ethnic Communities newsletter!

The Office of Ethnic Communities is the government’s authoritative advisor on ethnic diversity in New Zealand. They also provide information, advice and services to, and for, ethnic communities in New Zealand and administer funds to support community development and social cohesion*.

Principal Advisor for the Office of Ethnic Communities, Abigael Vogt attended Ali’s opening, held on 8 December 2017. Follow this link to read the full article.


Three female artists take on contemporary social themes in three thrilling exhibitions!

We have 3 incredible exhibitions in our Main Gallery and Vernacular Lounge right now – Jacqueline Macleod’s Memory for $ale, Robyn Gibson’s Solace in Familiar Things and Beatrice Carlson’s Unwearable: 2010-2017 WOW Retrospective. Here is an article from Stuff courtesy of the North Shore Times and the official media release. All 3 exhibitions are available to view until Wednesday 29 November!

20 Poets in Devonport celebrate National Poetry Day in style!

Friday night saw a packed (wall to wall packed!) Main Gallery for the National Poetry Day event – 20 Poets in Devonport – which we co-hosted with the Michael King Writers Centre.

The poetry was exceptional, some pieces were read to honour those who are no longer with us (Barry Brickell, A.R.D. Fairburn, Janet Frame, Lee Dowrick, Denis Glover, R A K Mason & Alan Curnow), other pieces were contemporary and experimental, by poets young and old.

Each reader had the room captivated with their unique literary compositions – the perfect way to celebrate 20 years of National Poetry Day!

Gum Sarn on Chinese TV(WTV)!

Margaux Wong – curator of Gum Sarn: Evolving notions of the ‘Sweet Earth’ was interviewed for Chinese TV (aka WTV, broadcast on Freeview 28) last week, and below is the video to the news segment that her interview was included in. This channel is specifically targeted towards New Zealand Chinese, Chinese migrants and/or refugees and Chinese tourists, and we were thrilled to have Gum Sarn included in their news segment! Many thanks to Abby & Ivan from Chinese TV for coming out to visit us and sharing the Gum Sarn story with their audiences!

Margaux’s interview runs from 13.15 – 16.06 and here’s the link: 

Gum Sarn: Evolving Notions of the ‘Sweet Earth’ – Opening Event

Here are a few pics from our hugely successful opening event for Gum Sarn: Evolving notions of the ‘Sweet Earth’! Visitors to the exhibition were enthralled by the history and culture on display, and we think that most people went away with a renewed appreciation of New Zealand Chinese. For the full album of photos, check out our Facebook page.

Gum Sarn on Radio New Zealand!

We had a fantastic opening event for Gum Sarn: Evolving Notions of the ‘Sweet Earth’ on Saturday (more photo’s to follow!). Margaux Wong (curator of the exhibition and Depot team member) was interviewed on Radio New Zealand’s show Standing Room Only with Lynn Freeman, which aired on Sunday 20 August at 1:46pm.

Follow the link to listen to the interview: 

National Poetry Day 20th Anniversary “20 Poets in Devonport”

To celebrate 20 years of National Poetry Day, Michael King Writers Centre in partnership with Depot Artspace, will be holding a special celebratory event, “20 Poets in Devonport” on Friday August 25, 5:30pm – 7:00pm, at Depot Artspace. Twenty poets, past and present will give poetry readings and presentations to mark the event, plus there will be a chance to create a collaborative poem for Devonport! Register your interest here.

We have also just heard that New Zealand Poet Laureate [2015-2017] C. K. Stead will read his work, including the piece especially created
“A Birthday” (The Royal New Zealand Navy turns 75). 
C.K Stead is one of our Cultural Icon’s, you can watch his interview here.





Call Out for Artworks for the “The Art Room Extended”

Since establishing The Art Room to provide an opportunity for Depot members to sell their works without committing to a full exhibition, or to maintain a profile in the community or test audience response to their work, visitors are now calling in more regularly to check out what’s new and available in this continually changing salon-style space.

To celebrate its success and to promote its presence we are extending The Art Room into half the Main Gallery, while Craig Humberstone exhibits his remarkable paintings on Historic Slate Roof Tiles at the front of the main gallery in The Seashell Flesh.

To apply download an application form HERE (.doc format) and email the completed application to by Friday August 25 at 5pm.

  • Members may apply to exhibit through a simple application process.
  • If you are not yet a member, please ensure to fill out the membership form as part of your application.
  • Please ensure you thoroughly read the criteria and conditions for exhibiting at the Depot before applying.
  • The application form provides details on how to submit an application as well as the criteria and conditions for exhibiting.

For additional information, please contact Amber Lamana, Gallery Manager  or ring 09 963 2331.

The Art Room Extended, 9 – 27 September, Back Gallery

Opportunity for full gallery hire: Summer 2017/18!

We are inviting artists and other creatives interested in hiring the Depot Galleries at the Depot Artspace in Devonport from 23 December, 2017 through to 21 January, 2018, to get in touch with us!

This is a unique opportunity over a significant holiday period in a vibrant community, for an artist or group to hire the entire gallery space, and fully self-manage a ‘pop-up’, exhibition or other creative venture of your choosing. The Depot Galleries comprises of a large, open space and a smaller gallery, which exhibits a diverse range of works and presents many opportunities for exhibitors to use the space as their own.

The hirer will be entirely responsible for all aspects of the gallery including; installing the works, promotion, sales, staffing and dismantling their exhibition or display. A reasonable hire rate can be negotiated and the Depot will not take a commission from the sales of any work.  The only stipulation for the hire is that it cannot be a commercial enterprise or an extension of an existing shop or business.

No need to submit a proposal, we are looking for people who would like to hire the space and to hear the ideas you might have for utilising it!

So if you are interested in hiring the space for an opportunity to host a solo show, retrospective, ‘pop-up’, group show, or other creative venture, please get in touch with our Depot Gallery Manager, Amber Lamana.

Depot keen for mutual understanding with the Maunga Authority

For those of you living in the Devonport area and/or living in close proximity to one of Auckland’s treasured Maunga (ancestral mountains), you will have heard that market rents may accrue to community facilities that reside on Maunga, following the return of Maunga ownership and co-governance to the Mana Whenua iwi and hapū of Auckland.

Depot Artspace has it’s sister studio, Kerr Street Artspace at the base of Takarunga (Mt Victoria), and as you can see in the article below, we are intent on achieving an outcome that works for everybody. As our manager, Lynn Lawton has expressed:

“The Depot’s staff understand the place and meaning of the Maunga among the Maori community, and we were able to enter into a meaningful conversation about its history, present and future”


Follow this link to read the full article printed in the North Shore Times on July 3rd 2017.

For more information about Tūpuna Maunga o Tāmaki Makaurau Authority click here

Exhibition Opening: On the Wing – Creative Textiles 2017

We had a fantastic opening event for the On the Wing exhibition on Saturday 8th July, showcasing textile work from members of the Handweavers and Spinners Guild!  A huge thank you to everyone involved in the production of this exhibition. These colourful & innovative works are available to view until Wednesday July 26, 2017.


Where Shall We Call Home End of Exhibition Art Sale

ONLINE SALE VIA FACEBOOK: final days – 20% off original prices.

Your last chance to purchase art from the amazing ‘Where Shall We Call Home’ exhibition, on until Thursday at the Depot Artspace.

All funds go to NZ Red Cross Pathways to Settlement Programme and Auckland Refugee Family Trust (ARFT) to help refugee resettlement in NZ.

Thanks for your support!!!

Please click HERE to see the images and how to purchase


A Conversation of Mana and Matariki

We were incredibly honoured to have hosted, along with The Michael King Writers Centre & Penguin Random House, this phenomenal conversation with Michael Krzanich, Witi Ihimaera, Haare Williams and guests.

This conversation was in conjunction with Michael Krzanich’s exhibition Someone’s Mana. A photo book of the same name was also published, with an introduction by Witi Ihimaera and Haare Williams, and poetry by Haare Williams.  The Someone’s Mana publication is available to purchase from the Depot Artspace for $85.



Here is a short video of Haare Williams describing mana.

Mayor Phil Goff visited 30 Year Celebration of Nuclear-Free NZ

Mayor Phil Goff joined us on Saturday 10 June, to hear from the activists who made Aotearoa New Zealand Nuclear-Free. Many thanks to WILPF for organising and to all the amazing speakers. Watch the video below of a speech he gave.

Mayor Phil Goff joined us on Saturday to hear from the activists who made Aotearoa New Zealand Nuclear Free. Many thanks to WILPF for organising and to all the amazing speakers.

Posted by Depot Artspace on Sunday, June 11, 2017

Depot Staff Profiles

Get to know the team at the Depot Artspace by having a read of their Staff Profiles.

North Shore Times article on Devonport’s History of Peace Activism

An article on our latest exhibition on Celebrating Devonport’s History of Peace Activism has featured in the North Shore Times.

The exhibition comprises iconic images of the anti-nuclear protest activities of the 1980s by two of our most significant photographers, Gil Hanly and John Miller, whose photographic documentation of major social movements and public events since the 1970s established them as pre-eminent recorders of New Zealand’s recent history.

Have a read of the article HERE.

There are a number of associated events with this exhibition, please see their exhibition listing for more info.

North Shore Times article on Bob Nelson’s Light Industry

An article on our upcoming exhibition Bob Nelson: Light Industry has featured in the North Shore Times.

Nelson investigates the geometric and colour permutations evident in the New Zealand industrial landscape. This accidental abstraction of the traditional landscape has fascinated Nelson and has been fuelled by his conviction that the everyday and commonplace is not without beauty and wonder stating, “it all depends on how you look at things”.

Have a read of the article HERE.

Join us for the opening of Light Industry this Saturday 27 May, 2 – 3:30pm.  This exhibition is part of the Auckland Festival of Photography.

Depot Sound: Hamilton County Bluegrass Band nominated for NZ Country Music Award

We are very proud to announce that the Hamilton County Bluegrass Band album we recorded is a finalist for the Country Album of the Year at this years NZ Music Awards. The country awards are presented during the Golden Guitar awards in Gore.

To read more about the awards click HERE.

The Hamilton County Bluegrass Band also featured in Seen and Heard, a series of interviews and performances recorded live at Depot Sound.

Depot Sound: Tracks from Carb on Carb & Dirty Pixels in 95bFM’s Top 10

Awesome to see two tracks coming out of the Depot Sound Recording Studio on the 95bFM Top 10 this week.  Carb on Carb’s ‘Practising for Retirement’ (recorded at Depot Sound) and Dirty Pixel’s ‘Spacesuit’ (mixed at Depot Sound) both made their way onto the list!

Have a listen at their bandcamp accounts below:

Carb on Carb

Dirty Pixels

Niki Hill’s Fashion and High Tea Talk


Fashion and High Tea: Conversation with Niki Hill on Mother’s Day was well attended, and a big thank you to those who came along and posed some fascinating questions!

Fresh, Fur & Flesh is on until Wednesday 24 May 2017 3pm in the Main Gallery, Depot Artspace.


Job Vacancy: Promotions and Media Coordinator

We are looking for a new Promotions and Media Coordinator to join the team at the Depot Artspace.

The Depot Artspace is a dynamic creative community working in a continually changing environment.  It is widely responsive to the environment and offers services, programmes and facilities that span the spectrum of disciplines, needs and interests.

Are you an astute and inquiring lateral thinker who enjoys variety and challenge in their work?  Would you value working with a small, diverse high energy team to develop and implement a marketing and promotions strategy that communicates the breadth of the Depot’s creative initiatives, projects and services and recognises the wider arts and social environment? Our ideal candidate will have proven experience in a media or promotions role within the  arts or publishing areas.  If this sounds like you then we would love to hear from you.

Key aspects of this role are:

  • Creation of ‘engaging point of difference’ media that links Depot events and programmes with the  cultural, creative and social issues taking place in Auckland
  • Source appropriate opportunities for media placement
  • Development of a cohesive media strategy  that communicates the distinctive place of the Depot Artspace in Auckland
  • Great organisational skills coupled with initiative and innovation.
  • Relationship building engagement with existing and new audiences

This is a full time position (30 hours/wk) with negotiable days of work for a fixed six month contract.

Qualities, skills and attributes required for the position:

  • warm, outgoing and interested in participating in The Depot’s creative activities
  • excellent writing skills
  • well-developed communication and interpersonal skills
  • high level of organisation and administration
  • able to work collaboratively and independently
  • adaptable
  • ability to display sound judgment and show initiative
  • social media,  website and CMS  savvy
  • proven experience in marketing and media
  • media relationship building skills
  • Adobe InDesign and Illustrator

To apply please first request a Position Description from and then apply with your CV and cover letter.

Applications close on Tuesday 6 June 2017

Interview on The Cafe TV3 about The Roaring Silence

Natasha Lay, a stage manager and one of the contributors of The Roaring Silence and Lynn Lawton, the Depot Artspace Manager, were interviewed on The Cafe on TV3 on Tuesday 16 May 2017.  Watch the video below to hear them discuss the book and the issues surrounding suicide.

The issue of suicide prevention is being widely discussed, but when is it the right time to bring it to the attention of your children? Lynn Lawton and Natasha Lay who’ve contributed to a new book on the subject called “The Roaring Silence” joined us this morning.

Posted by The Cafe on Tuesday, May 16, 2017

Radio NZ interview on The Roaring Silence with contributor Manu Fotu


Auckland and Waitemata DHBs suicide prevention programme manager and one of The Roaring Silence contributors, Manu Fotu spoke with Kathryn Ryan this morning on Nine to Noon about the wellbeing of whanau affected by suicide.

Please click HERE to have a listen. Many thanks to the team at Nine to Noon for the opportunity.

The Roaring Silence is a book about suicide awareness, comprising contributions from 79 artists, writers, poets, and a few professionals from all generations and backgrounds, and from throughout the country who collectively communicate the message that life is both dark and bright and that none of us is immune from times of shadow.

It is available from the Depot Artspace for $30. Drop in to pick up a copy, otherwise to order please contact Margaux Wong by email 

Artist Niki Hill live on 95bFM Thursday 11 May 10:40am


From Highbrow to monobrow and everything in between, Aimée Ralfini offers a weekly morsel of Who Arted what, where and when, to keep you salivary glands going until you get your next art fix.

Artist Niki Hill will be live this Thursday, 11 of May at 10:40am on 95bFM, to discuss about her exhibition Fresh, Fur and Flesh at the Depot Artspace.

Please click HERE to listen or download a podcast of the interview.

Who Arted is a live-to-air weekly feature on bFM’s Morning Glory presented by Aimée Ralfini. It is aimed at generating interest from a wide ranging audience towards Fine Art and the wider Visual Arts community in the first instance. It does this by maintaining informative and interesting 7-9 minutes interviews, discussing relatable subjects surrounding the artist and their work, and visually describing artwork to activate the listeners imagination.

Auckland Festival of Photography is coming 1 – 24 June 2017









Image: Bob Nelson


The Auckland Festival of Photography is an Auckland wide photography event which takes place in galleries, project spaces, public sites and other spaces.  The programme features an exciting mix of existing and new work from both established and emerging artists.

The line up has just been announced, please see their website for more information

The Depot Artspace will be showing two outstanding exhibitions during the Festival:

Bob Nelson: Light Industry

John McCallum: The Hokianga

Both run from Saturday 27 May to Wednesday 14 June.  The openings are on Saturday 27 May at 2pm.


Exhibition Opening: Be There, Be Square Members Exhibition & Pigment Club

A big thank you to all our members that submitted 10″ x 10″ works for our Be There, Be Square Members Exhibition. What a great turn out!  Another big thank you to Issie and Jack who developed The Pigment Club, heaps of imaginative works have already been created and we look forward to seeing many more.

April Holiday Opening Hours

Please note our April Holiday Opening Hours:


Good Friday (14 April) CLOSED

Saturday 15 April, 10am – 5 pm

Sunday 16 April, 11am – 3 pm

Easter Monday (17 April) 11am – 3 pm

Anzac Day (Tuesday 25 April) 1 – 4 pm

Mini Documentary: David Barker – Fragments

In light of David Barker’s new series of work, Fragments, The Depot Artspace is pleased to present a mini-documentary on the artist.

David Barker’s work is comprised of paintings that explore sea shells, sheds, ships, and skyscapes, and further examine Barker’s fascination with water and other natural elements including clouds.

His investigations of the sea and marine life are incredibly detailed and experly rendered using techniques that he has been developing througout his career, and from research in libraries, museums and in nature itself.

From his studio in Devonport, Auckland, Barker engages with his artistic practice that he has developed over his 75 years, after graduating from Elam School of Fine Arts.

The Depot’s Media Producer Amelia Harris made several visits to his studio to get to know Barker and his work and track the making of the exhibition.

The exhibition, comprised of 32 new works, features two free standing bifold screens, each a montage of marine images, and are included with four ‘shed’ paintings based on location sketches, along with skyscapes inspired Barker’s flight in a Boeing Dreamliner over Canada.

In Barker’s own words, “even with years of practice, painting has never become easy. I cannot say how long it takes to do a specific painting. The duration varies. Some paintings demand more time than others, but for me, all share an element of chance or risk. Each is but a ‘fragment’, a fixed format, a visual patch of life passing by.”

The Depot has been impressed by Barker’s refined methodologies and techniques and is thrilled to be exhibiting his work once again.

The exhibition runs from the 25 March – 12 April

Exhibition Opening: David Barker

A wonderful turn out on Saturday 25 March for the opening of David Barker’s exhibition Fragments. Thank you to David & Tanya Barker for all their hard work in putting the show together, and a huge thank you to Graham Downs and Robyn Gibson for their brilliant hang!

LOUD #68 ‘It’s not the thing but how’: March – June 2017 edition

The theme for the latest colour issue of LOUD is Barry Brickell’s personal axiom, ‘it’s not the thing but how’. Covering March to June 2017, it features articles, upcoming exhibitions, and news from Depot Press, Depot Sound and the new initiative Careers Lab!

Many thanks to Devonport Law for their kind sponsorship of this issue.