Artsenta

About Artsenta


What is Artsenta?

Artsenta is a shared art studio for people who have had contact with mental health services. We provide materials and equipment for a range of creative activites.

Artsenta was founded on the belief that the arts, creativity and self-expression are an essential part of every person's emotional, physical and spiritual well-being, and that those in the mental health community should be given the opportunity to realise their creative potential.
 

Who is Artsenta for?

If you are interested in being creative, are over 17 years old, and use mental health services (including PHO or your GP), you are eligible to access Artsenta. There is no charge to come to Artsenta during day sessions.
 

How do I get started?

Most people begin by making a time to visit Artsenta. You are welcome to bring a support person as you get used to the space. If you'd like to come and have a look contact us so that we can make time to show you around.

Because Artsenta is a shared community space we have a set of guidelines that help us all maintain a safe and creative atmosphere. Please click here to read guidelines.

We cater for people who like to work in all sorts of ways. We have group activities that happen at set times, and there is plenty of space and time to do your own thing. Sometimes people are very clear about what they want to do, others find it takes a while to know how to get started. Staff are here to help you develop a creative plan.
 

How long has Artsenta been going?

In October 2015 the Creative Arts Trust launched the book ‘Artsenta the first 30 years’. Written by author and board member Kath Beattie, the book charts the development of Artsenta, firstly as a ground breaking Creative Expression Unit within Cherry Farm Mental Hospital, and then as an innovative not-for-profit organisation in the community. This is essential reading for anyone interested in mental health and creative expression in New Zealand. The book is available from Artsenta for $25 or by contacting the author.
 
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