Mapura Studios

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Mapura Studios is a creative space offering innovative art programmes for people of all abilities.

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The people who attend sessions at Mapura Studios are a diverse bunch who come from all walks of life but share interest and passion in making art. It’s this passion for visual arts that brings them together. The diversity of people makes Mapura unique.

We currently run 12 classes a week for over 130 students. The classes range from Open Studios to Studio Practice for more established artists, to Art for Life to Leading a Creative Life. We also run art classes for teens and children.

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Māpura Studios is a creative space located in central Auckland with satellite groups in other areas.

We offer inclusive, multi-modal art classes and art therapy programmes for people of all ages diversity and need, as well as the wider community. These include visual art, music, cartooning, dance, performance and therapy programmes.

We provide a professional service in person-centred visual arts learning, creative therapies, and arts practice – and maintain an extensive exhibition calendar for our artists.

Our studio is located in a pleasant, airy setting at Rocky Nook Bowls in Fowlds Park, St Lukes. There is easy and ample access for people in wheelchairs, as well as a carpark.

Māpura Studios is an independent organisation, administered by Panacea Arts Charitable Trust and funded by grants and programme fees.

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Benefits of Art Classes like leading a Creative Life  15 October 2019

Students like Lorraine are helped immensely by Art Classes at Māpura Studios.

Lorraine attends the Leading A Creative Life course, on Thursday mornings, which provides a supportive, instructive and stimulating environment for people living with stroke-affect (or similar disability), to develop a strong visual arts practice. Tutors provide ongoing input regarding methodologies, techniques, media and guidance re subject matter so artists are supported in the ongoing progression of their art making capabilities and knowledge base.

Lorraine Rchardson, Cup of Tea Anyone, 2019

Lorraine Rchardson, Cup of Tea Anyone, 2019

Lorraine enjoys creating abstract art works and is inspired by Fullham pottery: “I like abstract images. I doodle at home and I get inspiration from the abstract. I have a family connection to Fullham pottery and that inspires some of my work. Dalton was an apprentice at Fullham. I feel spiritually receptive. That is an element in my making work.”

"(At Mapura) I am finding Lorraine again. Before I was a mum and a wife and you didn’t have time for myself”

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  • Guest Donor

    Guest Donor on 25 Nov 2016


    From Thomas Julian in support of his Uncles art


    • Mapura Studios

      Thank you so much for this donation. We really appreciate your ongoing support and it is gratefully received. with thanks and best regards from all the team here at Mapura Studios Jenny Hutchings Community Development Manager

  • Ben

    Ben on 01 Aug 2016



    • Mapura Studios

      Thank you Ben - your donation is very gratefully received and will help us enormously! Please contact so that we can thank you personally. Best regards and many thanks from all at Mapura Studios

  • Stuart & Julia

    Stuart & Julia on 22 Apr 2016


    For Tui to whom we understand Mapura Studios brought great happiness


    • Mapura Studios

      Thank you for the donation in memory of Tui - our dear artist and friend, which is gratefully accepted. Kind regards Mapura Studios

  • Tui Parr

    Tui Parr on 26 Mar 2016


    In loving memory


    • Mapura Studios

      Thank you, this is greatly appreciated. Tui was very special to us at Mapura Studios.

  • Thomas Julian

    Thomas Julian on 10 Dec 2015


    Donation in behalf of Thomas in support of his Uncle Russells art projects


    • Mapura Studios

      Thank you so much Thomas! Your uncle is a wonderful artist and this donation to support his work at Mapura Studios is very gratefully received. Thanks from the Team at Mapura Studios

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