Welcome to Arts for Health

We are a creative community space for anybody who wants to use the arts for well-being

Everyone is Welcome

As a charitable trust we have been running for 33 years. There is no required level of expertise needed, many of our participants have no previous art experience, while others come to us with a toolbox of knowledge and skills.

If you think that you would like to try any of our activities ring us for an appointment. We can show you through our art studios so that you can get a better idea of what we do.

Many of our artists come to Arts for Health to develop their skills and techniques, while others prefer to use the arts to develop a wider social circle with like minded people.

We encourage all of our artists to participate in exhibitions and competitions when they feel ready. This is a great way to celebrate success and to share accomplishments. If you would like to know more about us please contact us.

Latest News

It's been a busy time at Arts for Health, recipients of the Holdsworth Creative Spaces Award.

Coming up in July/August is our "Intertwined" exhibition at Arts Post.  This is a competition with $1,000 First Prize and is open to everyone.  2D and 3D entries are permitted. Enter at 


We also have four fun filled workshops starting soon, details below.

Looking for a fun creative space to paint, draw and generally hang out with other beginning and medium experienced artists?
This could be just the ticket. Suitable for adults experiencing disability who would like some art tutoring.
Please lets us know if you are bringing a support person with you for the course.
A 10-week course, from 7th May - 9th July
Every Friday from 9.30 am - 11.30 am
$250. For the Term
Bookings and Payments contact - office@artsforhealth.co.nz.

If you get distracted by the fridge, stereo, housework or other people, our Friday afternoon art studio might be the perfect place for you. Bring along your own art materials and projects and work at your own speed in this untutored art space.

Every Friday from 12.30 pm - 2.30 pm.
Bookings and Payments contact - office@artsforhealth.co.nz.

This is a fun 5-week art workshop where we will look at 5 famous artists and recreate a different work each week. By the end of the course you will have 5 'original to you' paintings based on the works of the Masters. Perfect for people wanting to get back into painting again, or wanting to try something different or as a present for someone who would like to something fun.
Every Friday 6pm- 8pm starting 28th May - 25th June
Book and payments contact office@artsforhealth.co.nz. 

If you find it hard to work with lots of distractions this may be the place for you.
You bring your art and we provide a quite, warm restful untutored space to work.
Every Friday from 9.30am - 11.30am
$10 per session
Bookings and payments contact


Come along and recreate your own painting of some of the world's most famous artists.  Learn a little about each famous artist's style and paint your own masterpieces with our experienced tutor.Read more


Saturday 27 March 10am-3pm Do you want to try painting with Cold Wax Medium? CWM is a fun way to paint – you will find new ways of expression by incorporating drawing, mono-printing and textureRead more


Come and join us on Friday mornings in our Beginners and Intermediate class using Gouache.   People have been using Gouache for the last 1200 years for a whole range of creative outlets. Our tutorRead more


Bond alongside your little one while you both enjoy a fun and creative evening within the world of art. Make your own art works for you each to take home, facilitated by  your art tutor Rhiannon.Read more

Fringe Festival Award Win

Arts for Health are pleased to be acknowledged as the Visual Art winners of the Waikato Fringe Festival 2019, ‘Make Some Noice Award’ in their inaugural exhibition ‘Thrive’. Formally a dark aRead more

Award Winners - Arts for Health

Winners of the Te Putanga Toi Arts Access Holdsworth Creative Spaces Award 2020  Arts for Health is pleased to announce that we have won the prestigious Te Putanga Toi Arts Access HoldsworthRead more


Arts for Health is somewhere I can go and paint when I don’t have the motivation to manage that in my own house. It helps me leave the house knowing I have somewhere I will feel safe where I am part of a community that supports each other.

Emma Billingham

Arts for health provides great support to the community. As a new artist I find that there is a sense of belonging, ownership and acceptance that makes me feel calm, satisfied and motivated.

Kim McEvilly
I felt art therapy was a great way to express my feelings about life in general.

Phillip L

I highly recommend the art therapy class at Arts for Health. I attended hour sessions once a week for six weeks and experienced some significant shifts. My understanding of how my emotions affect my physical being are decidedly more clear and I am in much closer touch with the cause and effect on myself. Of significance is the return of past levels of confidence and that I am in charge of my whole self and my choices.

Jennifer H
I like coming to Arts for Health as it helps me to get to know new people in the community. Since I started coming to arts last year, I have felt more confident and happy. I come to art because I like coming into the community and being creative.

Lisa Tawhai

It has helped me get back into drawing and learning to paint. It’s allowed me to meet new people all of whom are very helpful and supportive. It’s helped me feel more creative and grow more confidence in my artistic abilities.

Elaine Simons

Our Supporters

We are extremely grateful to our funders and sponsors for their support.