“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. Check our criteria. What it's all about? Listen to this interview with RNZ's Wallace Chapman. View images and information on all projects below.


Performance Arcade. Property partner: Prime Property. 17 Whitmore Street. 22 December - 28 February 2015. More information here.


Andrea Selwood. Property partner: Prime Property. Greenock House, 108 Lambton Quay. 24 December - 25 January 2015. More information here.

Project #29: The Colourists

Sophia McKinnon. Property partner: Prime Property. Greenock House, 108 Lambton Quay. 15 - 20 December 2014. More information here

Project #28: Concoction

Elbowroom - The Moving Gallery. Property partner: Prime Property. 17 Whitmore Street. 7 - 14 December. More information here.

Project #27: Puta

Boys and Girls Institute. Chaffers Dock, 1 Herd Street. December 1 2014 – ongoing. Monday-Friday, 9-5pm.  More information here.

Project #26: Free Yoga Day

Property Partner DNZ Property Ltd. 1 Grey Street. Labour Day, 27 October 2014. 7:30am - 9:30pm. For more information go here.

Project #25: Homies Cosy Teahouse 

Naomi Smith. Property Partner: Standard 806 Ltd. 90 Manners Street. From 6 October 2014. 10am - midnight, seven days. For more information go here.

Project #24: Vaudevillains Clubhouse

Vaudeville Inc. Property Partner: The Wellington Company. Left Bank, Cuba Mall. 17 October - 1 November. For more information go here.

Project #22: AuraSecure

Terri te Tau. Property Partner: DNZ Property Ltd.  1 Grey Street (across from Intercontinental Hotel). 27 September - 5 October 2014. More information here.

Project #23: Dirty Laundry

The Hori. Property Partner: Positively Wellington Tourism. 101 Wakefield Street (across from Lido Cafe). 27 September - 12 October. More information here.

Project #21: Sounding Out Vacancy

Julieanna Preston. Property Partner: DNZ Property Fund Ltd. 1 Grey Street, Wellington. 16 - 23 September. Closing 6-8pm 23 September. More information here.

Project #20: Urban Bodies

Tomas Richards. Property Partner - Positively Wellington Tourism. 101 Wakefield Street (across from Lido Cafe). 14- 20 September 2014, 9am-5pm. More information here and here

Project #19: Political Cuts

Barbarian Productions. Property partner: Positively Wellington Tourism. 101 Wakefield Street (former Nui Cafe). 1-5 September. Project information and images here.

Project #18: Imaginarium

Reading Cinema, Courtenay Place. Property partner: Reading Courtenay Central/ CBRE. 23 August - 15 September. 12-6pm Wednesday - Saturday. Project information here.

Project #15: Nothing But Precious  

Elbowroom - The Moving Gallery. Cnr Torrens Terrace and Webb Street. Property Partner: Nidus Properties Ltd. 28 May - 14 June 2014 . Project information here.

Project #17: Mountebank

Long Cloud Youth Theatre. 109 Dixon Street. Property p: Overton Holdings/ Baileys Property Services Ltd. 4 - 12 September. Project information here. Website 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 #16: Battle Hymn

Red Scare Collective. 114 Cuba Street (Left Bank). Property partner: The Wellington Company. 18 - 20 September 2014. Project information here. Production website 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.