New Life For Wellington Through Creative Use of Vacant Space
Urban Dream Brokerage brings together property managers and the creative industries, to lead creative development and urban revitalisation through the utilisation of vacant space in Wellington, New Zealand.
Got a property that is temporarily vacant? Be a space changer. Bring life to your property and demonstrate its potential to prospective tenants.
Project #6: Occupation Artists
Level One, Grand Arcade, Willis Street. 3 May-1 June 2013. Property Partner: Grand Complex Properties Ltd / Jones Lang LeSalle
Jewellery and object making becomes part of the city. With Occupation Artists, Sarah Read, Vivien Atkinson, Nadine Smith and Kelly McDonald work and present in the same space - a busy inner city arcade - inviting the local community to meet them and pop into their open studio and public workshop.
Project #5: Brides
Bowen House, Cnr Lambton Quay and Bowen Street. 17-28 April 2013. Property Partner: Bowen Holdings Ltd.
An alternative bridal salon in the heart of the parliamentary district, Brides presents a 'dress-up conversation' to coincide with the reading of a Marriage Equality Bill in parliament. Featuring 80 wedding dresses, it is a free interactive theatre installation providing a venue for freewheeling discussion on the meaning, relevance and experience of marriage.
Project #4: People's Cinema
57 Manners Street. From 10 April 2013. Property Partner: The Wellington Company
A vacant space in Manners Street transformed into a people's cinema, a free cinema screening local films that might not otherwise get a public screening, and films from around the world that provoke thought about the state of the world today. People's Cinema represents an experiment in a new way of sharing people's moving image work together in the city centre.
Project #1 Status Quo
James R Ford, 120 Courtenay Place, 11 February - 3 March 2013. Property partner: Frank Wong on behalf Wong Wung Partnership
Absurd but poignant, three kinetic artworks by a leading emerging artist play out in a small window in Wellington's entertainment district. All
pair an item of play with a motorised household object as
metaphors for our everyday existence and work-life balance: a pull-along toy on a treadmill, an inscribed cricket bat on a record player and a pair of dice in a foot spa. More information here.
Project #2: Your Message Here
Daniel Webby, 86-96 Victoria Street, 11 - 15 March. Property partner: Prime Property Group
For this project Daniel Webby invited the public to sit down for an "identifying statement" consultation. Ideas put forward were work-shopped and a specific phrase was distilled. This phrase was then hand stamped onto a t-shirt. Your Message Here was originally presented in Auckland and is an ongoing research project investigating proto-political forms. The results from both the Wellington and Auckland projects can be viewed here.
Project #3: Scales of the Serpent
Tessa Laird, from 29 March. Opposite 19 Tory Street. Property partner: Reading Cinema and Care Park
Offering a brief moment of magic in the everyday drudgery this posterwall project by Auckland artist Tessa Laird presents a series of hand-screenprinted posters in a range of sizes, styles, reflecting a diversity of cultures, ideas, and opinions. They are pasted in layers to the wall and ripped back, like a genuine street poster wall, but bear the handmade mark of the artist and present a diversity not usually apparent in the cityscape.