about toi Pōneke


Toi Pōneke Arts Centre is a home away from home in the heart of Wellington for the artists and creators who make up our city's vibrant creative community.


Why we are here

In 2005, residents of upper Cuba Street approached Wellington City Council for help to keep their artistic community alive in the face of rising rents and displacement by the construction of the Wellington Inner-City Bypass.

Recognising the importance of creative energy to the inner city, the Council created and continues to operate Toi Pōneke to be a hub of arts and creativity.

Toi Pōneke exists to:

  • connect, support and grow Wellington's creative communities

  • facilitate artists and creators' learning and career development

  • provide a friendly, safe space and great facilities

  • spark experimentation and innovation by bringing artists together.

What you can do here

Check out our latest exhibition in the gallery. 

Drop into the hub, a meeting space for Wellington's creative community. There are printing facilities and three free computers available for use.

If you'd like a space to work on a creative project, or to join our resident community by leasing an office or a studio, check out our spaces for hire.

We also offer mentoring and funding support to artists who approach us with great ideas. Find out more about our previous programmes on support and opportunities.


who we are

The Toi Pōneke team

Our staff

Our staff are practising artists and active participants in the Wellington art and theatre world.

Toi Pōneke residents

Toi Pōneke residents

our residents

Our residents are a friendly community of practitioners, arts organisations and creative businesses working across every creative discipline imaginable.