“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.”
One of West Auckland's best cultural experiences just a short drive from the Auckland CBD (on the way to the wild West Coast beaches) and within walking distance of the Henderson train station. Corban Estate Arts Centre is a bustling hub of artistic energy and talent, and a welcome respite from the white-cube art scene.
Nestled within the old Corban Estate's historic Homestead and winemaking buildings, the Arts Centre is surrounded by tranquil parklike grounds and is both a hive of activity and a peaceful hideaway offering much more than expected at first glance.
Boasting the Homestead Galleries and Gallery Shop, a renowned Public Arts Programme offering Adult, Youth and Children’s Art Classes and Workshops; highly regarded Arts Education for Schools and Teacher’s Professional Development; the Kākano Youth Arts Collective for marginalised youth; a collection of seven unique Venues for Hire; over twenty Resident Artist Studios; an exceptional on-site cafe the Coffee Studio; and is home to various Arts Organisations including Atamira Dancy Company, Mind Over Manner, Mixit, Pacifica Arts Centre, Red Leap Theatre, Te Pou Theatre, Uhi Tapu Studio, Waitākere Arts (WCCAC) and Whaotapu o Tāmaki Makaurau.
Over 22 artist Studios based on site.
There is a cluster of studios suitable and affordable for artists who have recently graduated, as well as larger studios for more established artists. Te Pou Theatre's performing arts venue, the world-renowned Atamira Dance Company, Red Leap Theatre, Mixit, Waitkere Arts, the Pacifica Arts Centre and many more local arts organisations reside together calling the Corban Estate precinct their home.
Taking care of the daily running of the estate with the support of Auckland Council's Henderson Massey Local Board and the governance of the Waitakere Arts and Cultural Development Trust, our staff are a vibrant and dedicated team, passionate about the arts.
Kevin Osmond, in his studio
Born in the UK in 1968, Osmond studied and worked in London for over twenty years. He currently lives and works in Auckland, New Zealand. He is the recipient of a number of high profile awards, among them the second largest sculpture prize in the UK, the Mark Tanner Sculpture Award; the Credit Suisse First Boston Sculpture Prize; and the Penguin Books Sculpture Prize. He has created artworks for a variety of clients including The Royal London Hospital, The Economist and most recently for Massey University’s Auckland campus.
Osmond is represented by Davidson Contemporary based in New York.
David McCracken, in his studio
Walking around the estate you might spot a couple of large iron sculptures--the work of resident artist and superstar David McCracken. David shares a studio with Anton Parsons, and both moved here in 2016.
Curator Madeleine Gifford (Maddie)
Madeleine Gifford (Maddie) is a curator and arts practitioner who is a life-long local to Waitākere. She holds Master of Arts in Art History (Honours) from the University of Auckland.
Her curatorial practice focuses on the connections between contemporary art and art history, and finding new ways to provide platforms of education through audience engagement and accessibility. She has a particular interest in the contributions of women to both contemporary and historical painting, and textile art.