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The Wellington Independent Arts Trust was established in 2009 and is a registered charitable trust. Its aims:

  • To support and create opportunities for major independent arts projects which look to provide different ways for the arts to connect with audiences. 
  • To provide development and employment opportunities for innovative arts practitioners and managers.
  • To encourage discussion and critical thinking about the arts in New Zealand
  • And, support excellence and innovation in arts practice.

Principally WIAT provides governance and funding to leading public art programme Letting Space. Through Letting Space since 2010 it has supported:

  • over 80 public art projects,
  • and the work of more than 60 different arts companies or artists.This has been both through its Urban Dream Brokerage service for fostering space for new ideas and community in our cities, and through Letting Space public art platforms and projects, and media platforms and publishing.

Call for Support

We welcome support from donors to support the Wellington Independent Arts Trust's aims. Enquires:WIAT treasurer at or one of the following trustees.


Gaylene Preston, Chair

Independent filmmaker

Jan Bieringa

Producer, editor and dilmmaker

Anna Brown

Graphic Designer and Director of Toi Aria, design for Public Good at Massey University

Nick Shewring

Entrepreneur, activator

Mark Amery

Writer, producer, curator and artist

Sophie Jerram

Writer, producer, curator and artist


Image: Mark Harvey's Volunteer Refinery at TEZA 2015, Porirua. Image: Gabrielle McKone.