We’re a creative region. Our artists, performers and designers enrich the city and share their mahi with the world.

Whanganui & Partners supports the creative industries with professional development and resources.

If you’re a creative in Whanganui, you’re in the right place! At Whanganui & Partners, we’re committed to bolstering our creative industries. On this page, we offer an array of resources and networking opportunities, allowing you to connect with other local creatives.


Follow our Whanganui Artists & Creatives Facebook page

The Whanganui Artists & Creatives Facebook page is your one-stop shop for opportunities and connections.


Stay connected with other local creatives by joining us for Creatives, Coffee, Cake

Freelancer missing the water cooler chat? Creatives, Coffee, Cake is a regular meet-up at Article café. Check Whanganui Artists & Creatives to find out about the next event.

Important resources for your creative business from Whanganui & Partners

Amplify your business with Amplify funding  

Amplify is a one-off grant of up to $4,000 to help you realise a particular goal for your business. 


Amplify supports what you need behind the scenes to make your work resilient. Our dedicated Amplify Grant page provides valuable information on how to access Amplify Funding


Join us at our Making It workshops and events

Free workshops to build financial literacy and grow professional and commercial knowledge. Making It helps creatives know where they want to go and how to get there. Check Whanganui Artists & Creatives to find out about the next event.


Read our guide on setting up a music venue in Whanganui

We’ve developed this guide for people interested in setting up a music venue in Whanganui. Download your copy of the Guide to Setting up a Music Venue


Read our guide on starting your own commercial gallery 

We’ve written some tips and tricks to consider when you’re thinking about starting up a commercial gallery. Download your copy of the Commercial Art Gallery Guide


Other resources we recommend

Just the basics from FutureMakers Money Matters: Starting a Creative Business | FutureMakers


27 useful steps to a creative business What I Learned About Starting A New Creative Business | The Big Idea


Want to communicate better? Te Taumata Toi a Iwi put together this handy guide Effective Communication (tetaumatatoiaiwi.org.nz)


Creative Waikato’s free series to help Māori artists strengthen knowledge, identity and art-practice Pakihi Toi – Creative Waikato


Business planning for arts organisations (yes it’s British but it’s still helpful) Business Planning Guidance for arts and cultural organisations


Talk to us about your creative business

Connect with our Strategic Lead – Creative Industries

Find out more about our arts support

About Whanganui & Partners

We work to promote Whanganui as a destination to live, visit, work, study and invest.

Our activities also include supporting new and existing businesses, bringing events to Whanganui and providing the latest economic data, analysis and commentary on the Whanganui district.

Our Partners

Our relationships form an intrinsic part of our culture and how we work as an organisation. Along with our partners, we help with the facilitation of guidance or expertise. We lead in consultation with a range of partners and stakeholders and work with them to realise the full potential of Whanganui.

Our partnerships lead to better outcomes for our businesses and community.

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