“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 Dance Company, Mind Over Manner, 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, Waitakere 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.
Julie Moselen, in her studio
Inspired by the ancient symbolism and rugged coastline of her Cornish homeland, Julie Moselen’s stone and metal sculptures explore the dualities of light and shadow, softness and strength, the masculine and the feminine. The elegant forms adhere to the complex mathematical patterns repeated in the natural world, with curvilinear twists that defy the strength and rigidity of the raw material, inviting the viewer to a moment of quiet repose.
Sistar S’pacific aka Rosanna Raymond MNZM is an innovator of the contemporary Pasifika art scene. She is a long-standing member of the art collective, the Pacific Sisters and a founding member of the SaVAge K’lub. Over the past twenty years, Raymond’s activities have made her a notable producer of, and commentator on, contemporary Pacific Island culture in Aotearoa and internationally. She specialises in working within museums and higher education institutions.
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.