“Before the UDB this was just a dream, and now it’s just the norm.” Jonathan King, People’s Cinema

We are calling for proposals for the use of vacant retail space in Wellington from artists, designers, businesses, community groups and social entrepreneurs, and interest from property owners in supporting them. Anyone with an innovative idea that needs a space within which to interact with the public can apply. What it's all about? Listen to this interview with RNZ's Wallace Chapman.

Since 2013 Urban Dream Brokerage has been working with property owners to place projects. View images and information on all projects below. For an account of the Brokerage's first 15 months by Broker Helen Kirlew Smith go here.

Project #15: Nothing But Precious  

Elbowroom - The Moving Gallery. Cnr Torrens Terrace and Webb Street. Property Partner: Nidus Properties Ltd. 28 May - 14 June2014 . Project information here.

Project #14: Moodbank 

Vanessa Crowe and Dr Sarah Baker. 29 Manners Street. Property Partner: Shoreline Property Group. March 2014. 10am - 8pm. Project information here.

Project #13: The Waiting Room

Victoria Singh. 123 Cuba Street. Property Partner: Anonymous. March 2014. Project information here.

Project #12: A Midsummer Night's Dream

A Bright Orange Walls Production. 185 Victoria Street, Wellington. Property Partner: Portfolia. February 2014. Information and images. 

Project #11: Java Dance

A Java Installation. 88-92 Riddford Street, Newtown. Property Partner: Mark Horsfall Properties. November 2013. Information and images.

Project #10: Digital Biophilia

Cnr Bowen St & Lambton Quay. Property Partner: Bowen House Holdings Ltd. October 2013. Information and images.

Project #9: Broken River

Trick of the Light Theatre. Eagle Technology House, Victoria Street. October - December 2013. Property Partner: Oyster Group. Information and images.

Project #8: Cleave

Gabby O'Connor. 86 - 96 Victoria Street, Wellington. June - July 2013. Property Partner: Prime Property Group. Information and images.


Project #7: Tales of a Dying City

A Slightly Isolated Dog. Grand Arcade, Willis Street. June 2013. Property Partner: Grand Complex Properties/Jones Lang LeSalle. Information and images. 

Project #6: Occupation Artists

Grand Arcade, Willis Street. June - November 2013. Property Partner: Grand Complex Properties Ltd / Jones Lang LeSalle. Information and images.

Project #5: Brides 

Bowen House, Cnr Lambton Quay and Bowen Street. April 2013. Property Partner: Bowen Holdings Ltd. Information and images. 

Project #4: People's Cinema 

57 Manners Street. From April 2013. Property Partner: The Wellington Company. Information and images.

Project #1: Status Quo

James R Ford. 120 Courtenay Place. February - March 2013. Property partner: Frank Wong on behalf of Wong Wung Partnership. Information and images.


Urban Dream Brokerage is run with the support of Wellington City Council and Wellington Community Trust

Project #2: Your Message Here

Daniel Webby. 86-96 Victoria Street. March 2013. Property partner: Prime Property Group. Information and images.


Project #3: Scales of the Serpent

Tessa Laird, March - May 2013. Opposite 19 Tory Street. Property partner: Reading Cinema and Care Park. Information and images.