Got an Idea?
Got a creative idea for a vacant space? The brokerage is currently closed due to the ending of our pilot period, but don't hesitate to be in touch to express your support for its continuance!.
UDB handles the licensing of property for such projects. We don't manage or curate the selected projects, or provide them funding, but we support you to independently realise your ideas. For a project to happen we also need to find someone with a suitable property to get behind it.
Any individual or group developing their own original work or idea are eligible to apply to the brokerage as long as their work, product, services or process is distinctive and unique.
Bring life to Wellington. Projects should be fresh, dynamic and open to the public. Priority will be given to those with a ground floor presence and accessibility (i.e. not projects that are about storage, office space, or that are rarely open). This can be anywhere within Wellington City Council boundaries - not just the CBD.
Provide the unique and innovative. We are not interested in turning the city into another copy of itself or one type of gallery or space. Part of the selection process is the encouragement of mixed use, diversity and variety. Artists and the creative industries actively contribute to the thinking, use and design of urban spaces. Projects will also be helping ensure more diverse communities are represented publicly.
Demonstrate professionalism and a very clear idea. Projects should have future potential for growth, and individuals/organisations should demonstrate that they are ready to look after a space professionally and responsibly.
Pay attention to their project’s context. Projects should demonstrate an awareness of Wellington City’s current usages, issues and history. This includes, where applicable, recognition of mana whenua and the city's Maori whakapapa. We look to work with property owners to be sensitive in the placement of projects and new enterprises in relationship to existing surrounding uses. We are looking to assist in the revitalisation of areas, so the context for your project is important.
Public art is defined in the Wellington City Council Public Art Policy as:
- artists contributing to the thinking and design of public places and spaces,
- art concepts and/or artworks and/or design features integrated into urban design developments (including buildings, streets and parks),
- artists working in and with communities in public spaces,
- art processes and artworks in the public sphere that may be variously described as sculpture, murals, street-art, performance, new-genre public art, relational aesthetics, and/or installations.
Existing Relocating Projects Projects that involve relocating from an existing rented commercial space in Wellington city are not eligible. We do not want to undermine existing businesses and tenancies. Rather, we prioritise new projects and initiatives.
How It Works
Licenses for properties are negotiated on a rent-free basis, either for a prescribed period or on a rolling license that gives either party the ability to give the other 30 days notice. Licensees pay a small weekly fee of $10 to UDB to help with the coverage of insurance and breakages. The temporary license (developed in partnership with major property owners) provides that the licensee: does not make alterations to the property without the licensor's consent; covers the cost of power and utilities; obtains through UBD public liability insurance; and takes the property on a "as is where is basis".
For the application process go here.