Your Creative Art Space

Did you know that Arts for Health was established over 35 years ago to provide art access to patients at Waikato Hospital? We have grown since then into a for purpose community space for people wanting to use the Arts for improving health and well-being.

Arts for Health is a fun and safe place where you can paint, sculpt, draw, craft, experiment with mixed media, digital media or any other visual art form that takes your fancy. It is the perfect place to meet new people, learn new skills, take a workshop or two, or work towards building your own body of artwork. If you like, you can also exhibit in our art gallery or be part of our yearly community exhibition.

Check out our Hamilton art workshops suitable for people of all skill levels, including children, adults and those needing a little more support.

We hope to see you soon.

Social Art  - Monday to Friday$5 per session
Social Art

Monday to Friday

$5 per session

Open Studio is a self directed art studio where you can explore, create and meet like minded people. Suitable for people of all abilities over the age of 15 yrs, our art tutors can provide encouragement and arty tips and tricks as you find your creative voice.

We stock basic art materials as part of your $5 donation but feel free to bring along your own materials if you are working on something special. You can purchase canvases from us at cost price.

No need to book, simply pop along at a time and day that suits you and stay for an hour, half a day or a whole day, it is entirely up to you. 

Mondays and Fridays  9am – 2.30pm
Tues/Wed/Thurs        9am – 3.30pm

$5 per session, pay on the day at our Hamilton creative art space.

Embark on a creative journey in our Hamilton art workshop this term. Explore the enchanting world of natural materials, discovering artistic possibilities along the way. Have fun, connect with like-minded individuals, and create personalized art to take home.

Experience the vibrancy of watercolor, paint, and sculpture, enriched with delightful surprises for an elevated artistic journey.

Monday classes are perfect for those seeking a quiet space for concentration in their art making process. All materials and equipment provided, its going to be a busy term.
Term 1 consists of 9 sessions
Starts Monday 5th Feb
9.30am  - 11.30am

$150 per term all materials provided.

Explore your creativity, connect with like-minded women, and enjoy a morning of art making in Hamilton!

Ladies Friday Art morning is perfect for meeting new people, exploring your artistic side, and taking time for yourself in this self-directed space. While our art team will pop in occasionally to offer assistance and ideas, the focus is on your personal artistic journey.

Share this invitation with friends and have some fun. Suitable for all abilities.

Bring your own art materials or use our basic drawing materials to start you off.        
Term 1 consists of 9 sessions
Starts Friday 9th Feb                                 9.30am  - 11.30am

$90 per term, bring your own materials.

Join our 9-week creative journey with our Open Studio Art Therapy programme. 

Each week you will be guided through a central theme that lets you gently explore your world in a supportive and respectful way. Get ready to widen how you look at the world and your responses to it.

Different from our other art therapy workshops you will be choosing your own mediums from the supplies provided, so be prepared to paint, draw or sculpt as part of this terms workshop.

Ideal for those who have experienced therapy or counselling, this unique voyage fosters self-confidence and well-being.

Our Hamilton art workshop is limited to 12 adults, basic materials are provided.

Term 1 consists of 9 sessions

Starts Monday 5th Feb

12.30pm - 2.30pm

Treat yourself to 10 sessions of Mindfulness Arts Therapy workshops this term.

Designed for adults, these unique workshops (similar to our Thursday workshops) let you be playful and creative, promoting emotional well being, self-discovery, emotional resilience and a chance to work with others in a safe fun space.

These workshops allow you to engage with a variety of artistic modalities to navigate your emotional landscape, articulate your innermost feelings, and forge connections within a community of peers.

There is an opportunity to share your experiences within the group should you choose.   

All materials are provided as part of your fee. Group sizes are limited to 6-8 people at our Hamilton art workshop.         

Term 1 consists of 10 sessions

Starts Wednesday 7th Feb

9.30am - 11.30am

Dive into 10 sessions of Mindfulness Art Therapy this term.

Designed for adults, these sessions offer a welcoming and gentle space for creative exploration and expression.

Experiment with a wide range of mediums including sculpture, paint, and symbolic play. 

Upon finishing the program, past participants expressed an increased ability to navigate personal life challenges, and they valued the opportunity to take a break for themselves. They also found the sessions to be a welcoming and uplifting experience away from their weekly responsibilities.

All materials are provided as part of your fee. Groups limited to 6-8 people at our Hamilton art workshop.               

Term 1 consists of 10 sessions

Starts Thursday 8th Feb

9.30am - 11.30am

This terms 10 week children’s arts therapy group uses creativity processes to help young people express themself.  Our focus this term is on children struggling with self confidence. 

This terms activities include painting, clay, sensory play, 3d building, sand tray, working with natural materials etc.

This workshop is facilitated by two arts therapists and is suited to children who can work in group settings.

Held in our  Hamilton art workshop space, limited to 12 children. The $60 fee covers 1 or 2 children aged    6-11 yrs  living in the same household. 

Exceptions may be considered for a child outside the specified age group if there is available space.

Term 1 consists of 10 sessions

Starts Thursday 8th Feb

4pm  - 5.30pm 

We extend special acknowledgement to the Ministry of Culture and Heritage for providing the funding to conduct these workshops.


Arts for Health is a Hamilton creative art space and 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 and helped me to stay healthy. 
Phillip Longley

I highly recommend the art therapy class at Arts for Health, my local Hamilton art workshop. I attended hour sessions once a week for six weeks and experienced some significant emotional 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 art last year, I have felt more confident and happy. I come to art because I like coming into the community for health and wellbeing.
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

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