Improving mental health and well-being through creativity and community engagement.


Artsenta is open at level 2 with bookings in advance so we can limit numbers and maintain distances. There will be a morning and an afternoon session - 9am-12noon & 1pm-4pm. Artists will need to wear a mask unless you have a medical exemption. We will not be showing new artists around or running our weekly creative sessions.

Bookings can be made on 03-4779566, by email or via a message to our Facebook page .

We hope you have enjoyed the many activities posted on our Facebook page showing a range of ideas to help people stay creative at home. There is also an Artsenta Artists Facebook Group which you can join to stay connected with other artists.

Being creative at home

During the pandemic lockdown we posted 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 now listed on our Creativity at Home page.


Artsenta during Covid-19

With regular changes to alert levels we have compiled our response to each level below. If you have questions or are unsure please contact us by phone or via our Facebook page


About Artsenta

Artsenta is an award-winning art studio for people who use mental health services. We provide a range of free creative activities and resources for people to try with the support of our talented Art Workers. We are happy to talk to you about the kinds of art, music and craft activities you would like to explore. No experience or art skills required!

See our hours here. Our regular Creative Sessions are a great place to start. Some common FAQs can be found on our About page. Keep an eye on our Facebook page for updates.

Creative Wellbeing Sessions in the regions

Artsenta provides creative wellbeing sessions in a number of small towns in the Otago region. These are highly accessible creative activities for anyone experiencing mental distress. The dates and frequency of these outreach sessions vary for each location. See our Outreach page for more details


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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