City’s arts community to get space – article by Luisa Girao Otago Daily Times

Whare Taupua – The Rest Room will be a dedicated arts place for community exhibitions, meetings, workshops, small gigs and performances, working artist space, rehearsals, storage, temporary office use, and a whole lot more. There are a range of rooms of different sizes in the space as well as a kitchen and toilets.

The space has been named Whare Taupua – The Rest Room. Whare Taupua means a place of support. The Rest Room comes from the former use of the art deco building which was originally opened in 1927.

Opening in March 2022 the community arts space will be located at 34 Forth Street, Invercargill. (This is opposite Kmart on the green belt.)

This space brings with it an opportunity to strengthen the arts sector from the ground up.

By having a dedicated space for all of the arts we will support capability building even more. Our goal is to provide this space to the arts community at minimal cost.

“We intend that this new space will be flush with the arts with various activities being able to be held there. The feedback we have had from the community is that this is very much needed in Invercargill.”

Objectives of the Community Arts Space:

  • A place the arts can grow from the ground up
  • A place to bring the arts community together
  • A place to build excitement for the arts
  • A place to enable the arts
  • A place to build momentum
  • A place to build capability


Ki te mea ka taka te kākano ki te wāhi e tika ana ka tinaku, ā, ka pihi ake he tipu hou.

If a seed falls in the right place it will germinate and a new seedling will sprout.