The Corban Estate Arts Centre is located in Henderson, West Auckland.

We're home to artist studios, our very own cafe, art classes for adults, youth and children, and an ever-changing programme of exhibitions and events.

Set within park-like grounds amongst historic winery buildings. Open 7 days a week, entry is free, everybody's welcome.

An introduction

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Welcome to Corban Estate

Little known fact: one of Auckland's best cultural experiences is in suburban Henderson - 13 kilometres west of Auckland's CBD - on the way out towards the Waitakere ranges. It's a place well worth seeking out, a hub of artistic energy and talent, and for those of us who are in on the secret - a welcome respite from the white-cube gallery world of New Zealand art.

View of Corban Estate Arts Centre from Great North Road

Corban Estate Arts Centre is, to be honest, a bit of a gem. Beautifully nestled within the old Corban Estate with its historic wine buildings and parklike grounds, it's a remarkably peaceful place (if you discount the infrequent ding-ding-ding-ding of the train crossing) and offers so much more than expected.

The centre itself looks a bit like a farm, with a big old homestead house surrounded by old white-painted corrugated tin sheds scattered haphazardly around the place. It's quite charming. But within is an unexpected mixture of gallery spaces, artist studios, performance space and all kinds of things going on. Tours are available, just ask.

Crescendo Trust mentor and facilitator David Atai

35 artists work full-time on site.

There's a cluster of studios suitable and affordable for artists who have recently graduated. And larger studios for more established artists. World renowned dance company Atamira is onsite, as is Red Leap Theatre, Mixit, the Pacifica Arts Centre and Crescendo Trust.

"While we're all individuals, collectively we share a strong ethos of pitching-in and helping one another out. This attitude fosters a sense of community and warmth, which extends to the people who visit the estate."

MARTIN SUTCLIFFE, Director of Corban Estate Arts Centre

“Henderson may be the end of the world for some, but Corban Estate Arts Centre has created something slightly miraculous west of the CBD. The Centre is a destination in itself and I would be happy to visit it every month to see what is new. Full marks to them for creating a place with artistic endeavour above cultural snobbery.”