Artsenta aims to improve mental health and well-being through creativity and community engagement.

Artsenta is an award-winning art studio for people who use mental health services and are interested in being creative. We provide a range of creative activities and resources and our staff have a variety of skills and art making experience. We are happy to talk to you about the kinds of art, music and craft activities you would like to explore.  

We are open!

Artsenta is open for artist bookings. If you have been to Artsenta before, please call us on 03 477-9566 to book a time to visit. We willl have two sessions daily with limited numbers of artists so we can maintain physical distancing. Morning session is 9:30am-12noon and afternoon session is 1:00pm-3:30pm. 

We are not taking new referrals just yet but you can still contact us if you think you may be eligible. Keep an eye on our Facebook page for the latest updates.


Being creative at home

During the pandemic we have been posting daily creativity tutorials and suggestions on the Artsenta Facebook page. There is a wide variety of ideas and activities to choose from and try out. All use simple things you have at home. Many of these activities are also listed on this website on our Creativity at Home page.

What's not happening 

Artsenta events and outreach sessions are not able to happen due to the pandemic situation. Artsenta usually provides creative outreach sessions in Oamaru, Balclutha and Alexandra. A range of events also usually take place throughout the year. We will restart these activities when conditions allow. 

Hear from our artists

The video below features artists talking about why they attend Artsenta and what they get out of it. You can also check out some of the artwork made by artists on the Artists page.  

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