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Whau the People: neighbourhood arts space
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Whau The People: Neighbourhood Arts Space
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We're going to open and run a neighbourhood arts space in Avondale, Auckland, that will be a hub for all sorts of excellent creative activities from bonsai through to painting through to karaoke.
Building on the success of a range of recent art projects in the area, this will be a space that can host exhibitions, performances, workshops, talks, screenings, meetings, parties, a children's gallery, and everything else in between. We're working hard to make as many of these as possible free for people to take part in.
We've been given an amazing (we know that's an overused word, but really it is) opportunity to take on the lease on a key building in the Avondale main street. Thanks to the support of a local businessman, we've been given a greatly reduced rent which means this is possible.
We all live around the area, and like it here, and think that a space like this will be a real asset to the area. We're keen to have a space where flash award-winning artists feel just as home as the seven year old that's never seen a real painting before, and our previous projects have all been a part of trying to embed interesting artistic projects within the wider community.
Taking a lease on a space is a natural extension of our previous projects; having a “home” means that we can take on even more projects and provide more opportunities for the local community to do cool things.
Where does my money go?
We're going to use a "social enterprise" model to run the space; this means that any money generated from the space goes back into running it. However, we can't start making this money until we get into the space, so we're hoping to raise enough to cover the overhead costs (rent, power, water, internet) for the first six months.
I can't pledge right now, but I'm keen to be involved somehow
Yep, we've been there, and know that sometimes the rent money just doesn't stretch that far! One super useful thing you could do right now is share our campaign with your rich friends, but if you'd like to be involved in other ways, email us here, or contact us on Facebook.
Who we are
Whau the People is a multi-disciplinary arts collective based in Avondale, Auckland. Over the two years of our existence, we've run two arts festivals, participated in he Whau Flotilla, (organised by the lovely people at Hoopla), organised a rally for a local heritage building, ran a gallery in the window of a shoe shop, and held a two month residency at the Avondale markets, where we presented a new project every week. Between us we've got a range of experiences, from professional venue managers through to being in the diplomatic service, and we use all of these when working together! We're a registered charitable trust, which means that we have a legal obligation to use any money raised for the trust only for that purpose.
Our website is here if you want to take a gander.
Whau Real T-shirts
Cushions (note each cushion is different - when you come to pick them up you can choose one you'd like)
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11/03/2016 at 12:00 PM
THANKS EVERYONE! We got there. You are all beautiful, charming human beings that truly deserve the title of being Whau-King Awesome.
A few days to go, and a longer explanation about why we're doing what we're doing.
09/03/2016 at 10:35 AM
EEEKK! We're getting close now to the end of this campaign, and cranking up to get to the final target. We would really love your support in getting the word out to all and sundry.
Finally, we're just sorting out our "proper" opening hours, but for the start, we'll be open Thurs - Sun, so if you weren't able to be there for our opening, we look forward to seeing you there soon.
Our official bottle opener
06/03/2016 at 7:13 AM
Our local blacksmith, the very choice Nate the Blacksmith, kindly made us an official bottle opener for important beer-related work. So great!
How many people does it take to put up a sign?
03/03/2016 at 10:45 PM
We have fancy signage! Thanks Stanley Signs for the sponsorship.
We have a name..
29/02/2016 at 6:37 PM
Here is today's Public Service Annoucement: the space is going to be called All Goods. We like it, and hope you do too.
Thanks to everyone who has pledged so far! This week we'd like to especially thank those of you who have made smaller pledges. We know finances can sometimes be tight, so we're really humbled you've chosen to spend your hard earned pingers with us.
Day 1 comes to an end...
22/02/2016 at 11:08 PM
Thanks so much for all the support thus far - y'll pretty choice and we are stoked to be one-tenth of the way along by the end of our first day.
We're going to be annoucing the space's name in a few days after an exhaustive round of many suggestions and late night emails, we've settled on one. FYI, "WH-ART" didn't make it.
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"Y A Y Y A Y Y A Y ! ! !"
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"Good luck, hope you make it to your target today Donna Turtle Sarten & Bernie Harfleet "
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"Go whau it!"
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"WTP! All Goods is an incredibly generous venture for us all, local community and extended arts whanau _ & an awesome project to boot! MonR x"
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"Exciting stuff that would be amazing for Avondale- good luck WTP!"
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"Keep up the good work Whau the People! ~Ross Clow "
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"Amazing space, amazing project, good luck"
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"Whau fo' life !"
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"WHAU REAL is real - can this be for the relaxed fit XL "
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"Most awesome, local ground-up kine art movement - I'm IN! Big big time!"
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"Please save us a relaxed fit XL Sending our alofa + support - Pacifica Mamas @ the Pacifica Arts Centre"
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"Whau my wifey..."
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"Good luck Whau fullas! From The Open Fort x"