A new extension doubles the size of the Estuary Arts Centre in Ōrewa. It provides much needed studio and gallery space for local artists and community art classes.
Hibiscus and Bays Local Board chairperson Julia Parfitt says that the arts centre has entered a new phase with its education wing.
“Next year art classes will be on offer for all ages, abilities and interests. These classes will provide a steady income stream, helping sustain the centre which also continues as an exhibition space for local artists,” she says.
The 275 m2 wing incorporates a gallery/foyer area, two studios, a kiln room, storage, kitchenette and toilets. A generous deck connects the studios to the neighbouring Western Reserve and will become an area for creating and displaying outdoor art.
The exterior of the building is clad in natural materials, a combination of plywood cladding and macrocarpa battens, to fit with the estuary setting. A large picture window provides a stunning view from studio 1 over the estuary and a glimpse into the building.
The interior design has large volume studio spaces with great natural light and ventilation. The space and walls also provide a canvas for artworks. Simple technologies for high level window openings and ceiling fans give users greater control of their space.
Construction took nearly nine months with the cost expected to be about $920,000.
Estuary Arts Centre’s under $500 cash and carry art sale is set up in the new education wing until 31 January.
The centre is open seven days from 9am - 4pm. Visit estuaryarts.org for more information.