Get involved

Find out how you can get involved in the arts community in Hutt City.


Community arts make up a wide range of arts activities in the Hutt City community.

Art forms include:

  • dance
  • theatre
  • sculpture
  • music
  • mural painting
  • kapa haka
  • storytelling
  • photography
  • tivaevae
  • tapa
  • film-making and much more.

Community Arts and Culture Policy (PDF 456 KB)


How you can take part in community arts

Council’s vision for Hutt City is “a city where everyone thrives”. The city has many strengths on which to build a great city, and among these key strengths are our arts and culture sector.

Art projects are increasingly being used by organisations and groups in areas like youth, health, education and community development. If you have a project, get in touch with our Community and Culture Advisor.

Creative New Zealand Community Arts Toolkit

Businesses can get involved in community arts as sponsors. When you sponsor an art project, you can choose to provide:

  • funding
  • facilities
  • a venue
  • discounted goods or services
  • marketing and promotion abilities.

Appreciating art plays an essential role in building healthy, robust, and diverse societies. Even during the most difficult social and economic times, art has been a unifying force bringing people together.

As a Hutt City resident, you can do your part in helping our flourishing community arts scene succeed by:

  • attending exhibitions
  • donating to a local arts charity
  • buying a membership to a gallery or museum
  • taking part in online workshops.

Available arts funding

The Creative Communities Scheme (CCS) fund supports local groups and people wanting to start a project with an arts or cultural focus.

Creative Communities Fund 

Community Arts and Culture fund

The purpose of this fund is to contribute to the creative life of the Hutt Valley, its residents, and visitors by supporting:

  • the provision of a diverse range of quality arts activities and events that are easily accessed by residents and visitors
  • opportunities to increase community participation in arts and cultural activities
  • opportunities to grow audiences for the arts and cultural activities

Community Arts and Culture fund

We provide advice and help to artists, arts organisations and the wider community. We can also help foster partnerships between the artists and the wider community.

The Community and Culture Advisor is available to advise individuals and organisations involved in creative projects that include:

  • funding for arts projects
  • arts activities and resources available through the Council
  • festivals, community events and art-related activities
  • project development and resources
  • funding and grants opportunities
  • arts education and outreach
  • audience development and promotion
  • professional development and artist-in-residence programmes
  • venues, exhibition, and studio spaces
  • requests for proposals for public art projects.

Contact details

Community Arts and Culture Advisor

T: 04 560 1257
M: 027 356 4103
E: pippa.sanderson@huttcity.govt.nz