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Vincents Gallery


Level 4, 84 Willis St, Wellington


(04) 499-1030

Opening Hours:

  • Monday: 11am–4pm
  • Tuesday: 1:30pm–6:30pm
  • Wednesday: 11am–5pm
  • Thursday: 11am–4pm
  • Friday: 10am–4pm
  • Closed on Public Holidays

Vincents Art Workshop is an essential social service set up as a result of Government policies of deinstitutionalisation from psychiatric hospitals twenty-three years ago. It is a community based initiative providing access to arts and craft facilities, skilled tuition, and materials within a supportive environment.

People with disabilities, those moving into the community from institutions, the unemployed, people on low incomes and anyone at all from the wider community are welcome! An average of 35 people use the workshop every day, and all work together to make Vincents an exciting and creative place to be.

Through the creation of a positive and supportive environment many people have found their involvement in Vincents to be therapeutic. Vincents offers a unique model that uses the art process to help resolve the internal conflicts a person may be experiencing, enabling the development of self esteem and individual potential.

Vincents operates on a holistic health philosophy where focus is on potential and ability rather than disease and disability. We believe that all people have a right to artistic and creative expression - everyone is creative in some way and acceptance of the value of one’s own creativity is something to be nurtured.

We provide an art space, art materials and equipment, together with a high standard of art, craft and construction tuition - and, importantly, a supportive structured workshop with skilled tuition in particular techniques or mediums. Most activities offered are free! Some (like Life Drawing and use of the Dark Room) have a small charge and, of course, donations are always very welcome.

Winner of the National Mental Health Award: Community Integration - March 2000
Winner of the Innovative Provider Award (ACEA) - September 2000
Winner of the TrustPower Wellington City Community Award / Arts & Culture Sept. 2001

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