About Space is all about showcasing people making and presenting original items, in temporary locations at the heart of our city. It's also a chance for groundbreaking businesses to try their hand in a central retail space.
Spaces are cleaned, windows washed and the lights turned on. Projects create vibrancy and activity on a temporary basis, and help brighten our central city.
The projects we support have a local focus and must bring new and unique ideas to our CBD. About Space's pop-up shops and community displays give our local artists, community groups and entrepreneurs a chance to shine.
Our work in the CBD
In the four years since About Space started we've done great work to reduce the number of vacant spaces in the CBD:
- 68 projects across 38 properties
- of those properties activated, 16 are now commercially tenanted
- many tenants are new businesses that brought over 60 jobs into the CBD.
More than 22,000 people visited an About Space Project in the CBD.
The programme is successful largely due to the generosity of the property owners that allow the use of these vacant spaces where the only benefit they are offered is staging the space for an eventual commercial tenant.
This year’s Common Ground Public Art Festival in February partnered with About Space for the largest multi-space activation at Centre City Plaza. The festival used seven vacant spaces and the public space to feature a variety of community art projects, talks and interactive workshops. More than 600 people visited the Centre City Plaza during the eight day festival.
Find out how to offer us a pop-up retail space, how to apply for a business trial or how to suggest a community project. Plus, find out how you can keep up to date with what we're doing in the CBD.
Read about some of our current projects:
MOOVE electric transport
MOOVE electric transport solutions would like to introduce you to a NEW concept in personal transportation.
Has technology finally reached a tipping point where our reliance on cars will diminish?
Come in to view a range of modern personal transport devices, designed to be used on their own, or as an adjunct to existing public transport.
Our goal is to create a NEW segment in the transport industry, one that will actively reduce the use of motor vehicles, increase the use of pathways and overall create a fun and active experience.
Come in today for a test ride - (photo ID required)
Where: 185 High Street – Lower Hutt
When: Monday 22 May to Wednesday 31 May 2017
- Monday to Wednesday 10am – 4pm
- Thursday and Friday 10am – 8pm
- Saturday and Sunday 10am – 4pm
Upcycling is the process of converting old or discarded materials into something useful and often beautiful. Hutt City Council is hosting two Upcycle classes in May.
They are run by Upcycling advocate Helena Henare-Cohen. She'll show you how to use your creativity to turn something ‘useless’ into a thing of beauty and purpose.
For the workshop, bring your own chair/old table/bric-a-brac or anything else you have and turn it into a new Upcycled Object. Helena will gently guide you to create your new object.
- Friday 19 May, 10am-noon
- Valley Church, 21 Fitzherbert Street, Wainuiomata
- To register: call Gaylene 021 122 0550
- Saturday 27 May, 10am-1pm
- 152 High Street, Lower Hutt
- To register: call Helena 021 139 3884
The workshops are open to anyone and cost only a koha. Places are limited, so please register now!
Visit iupcycle.co.nz to find out more.