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Artmakers Community Trust

Artmakers Community Artists Trust is a community organisation, established in the early 1980s as an independent Charitable Trust. Their focus is on arts and creativity in its many forms. Based in Hamilton New Zealand, they have worked continuously in the community as facilitators of community arts projects and events, working in partnership with, amongst others, schools, health care facilities, social and community services groups, environment groups and the Hamilton City Council.

They are registered and accredited (since 1993) as a Private Tertiary Education and Training Establishment recognised by the New Zealand Qualifications Authority under the Education Amendment Act 1989, and are active in the development of skills and qualifications for the sector.

They are providers of education and training programmes and have delivered many successful projects and programmes over these years supported in part by donations and grants, as well as delivering employment creation, personal development, education and training programmes through contracts with the NZ government including the Department of Labour, Skill New Zealand and the Ministry of Youth Development.

They are also registered and accredited by the NZ Child Youth & Family Service as a Provider of After School and Holiday Programmes for children.



The Creative Holiday Fun programme for children age 5 - 12 is offered every school term break (April, July, September) for two weeks we well as for two weeks in the January holidays. The activities are structured around assorted art and craft projects, games, storytelling and drama and lots of team building.

*Young Adults:

Their Creative Youth Development Programmes have a strong Youth Development focus which not only aim at developing practical skills in arts and cultural expression, but also develop leadership and peer support skills through group and community service projects. Together with some very practical experience, participants undertake further education or vocational goal- setting. These programmes are full- time for school leavers aged 16 - 24 and usually last about 20 weeks. They have two intakes a year, in late January and late July, but can consider occasional mid - term applicants if vacancies occur.


Artmakers can arrange for block courses in various aspects of Art and Design as well as Community Arts facilitation for adults seeking to re-train or explore new options for a career in the arts or community work. They have worked with people special needs, support workers and caregivers, parents, teachers, recreation and community development workers.

*Older Persons:

Through their creative intergenerational programmes Artmakers aim to bring people from substantially different age groups together for “magic” encounters which will raise awareness, which are stimulating to both groups and which can even build lasting friendships! This may take the form of creating artwork together, storytelling, drama, sharing food, and just plain fun!! They have worked successfully through their networks in the older persons community through Hamilton Age Concern.

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Contact details

Address: Artmakers Trust, Cnr Ward St & Seddon Road, Waikato 3204
Phone: (07) 839 4561
Fax: (07) 838 2940
Hours: 8.30am - 5.00pm Mon - Fri
Postal: PO Box 893, Waikato Mail Centre, Hamilton 3240
Email: Send a message[email protected]
Entry criteria
Open entry
Cost applies