Te Tuhi studio artist policy

The studio policy outlines the expectations that Te Tuhi has of its tenants and licensees. Tenants of Te Tuhi Studios need to understand, accept and operate by these principles and values. By entering into a license with Te Tuhi, the studio artist (Licensee) is agreeing to these terms. 

Maintaining the premises

The Licensee agrees to:

  • Keep and maintain the interior of the premises including the Licensor’s fixtures and fittings in good repair and in the same condition as on commencement of the license (save for fair wear and tear).
  • Repair all glass breakages, damage to doors, windows, light fittings and power points in the premises during the duration of the licence.

Additions and alterations

No additions or alterations to the Licensed Area can be made without the Licensor’s written consent.

Heritage fabric

All heritage fabric must be preserved in the same condition as on commencement of the license.


The licensee is free to paint or decorate floors and walls in the Licensed Area as follows:

  • Heritage fabric may be painted if it has been painted previously, and with prior written consent from Te Tuhi.
  • Non-heritage fabric, including floors may be painted or decorated.
  • All wall and floor surfaces should be restored to original paint on termination of the license.

Make good defects

Any damage to the Licensor’s property caused by improper or careless use by the Licensee, including the Licensee’s employees, contractors and his/her invitees shall be repaired to a good standard by the Licensee to the satisfaction of the Licensor.

Kitchen area

A kitchenette is available for use by all Licensees. The Licensee agrees to respect this space and contribute to keeping it clean and tidy and to abide by any rules applicable to common areas, agreed by the Licensees or advised by the studio coordinator.


The Licensee understands that access is available to toilet facilities that are shared with train drivers and Auckland Transport staff.


The Licensee is responsible for cleaning their studio space and maintaining such studio in a sanitary and tidy manner.

Rubbish removal

The Licensee must remove all their own rubbish from the site.

Business use

The Licensee shall not permit the space to be used for any other purpose than the stated business use without the written consent of the Licensor.

No noxious use

The Licensee shall not bring or store within the premises any goods or things of an offensive, illegal, noxious or dangerous nature or of such weight, size or shape as is likely to cause damge to the building or any surface area.

Material Restrictions

There are restrictions on materials and processes used in the shared space, to ensure that they do not interfere with the work of other artists. These restrictions include, but are not limited to the use of naked flames, toxic or chemical processes, spray paint or processes which generate dust

Noise levels

The Licensee agrees to respect other users of the building and keep noise and sound at an appropriate level.


The license holder shall not sublet or assign their studio space to any third party without written consent from the Licensor.

Residential use

The premises shall not be used by the Licensee for living or accommodation purpose.


Alcohol may not be consumed on the premises without the prior written consent of Te Tuhi.

Studio open days

Studio tenants are required to open their studio to the public as part of the open studio days, unless there is a valid reason why this is not possible, advised to Te Tuhi at least 10 days prior to the open days.

Annual review

The studio Licensee is required to take part in an annual review process with Te Tuhi staff to discuss the studio usage and related issues.


Each door has a keypad lock. The Licensee agrees not to give the lock code to any third party without prior permission from the Licensor.


The Licensor (and Auckland Transport) may at all resonable times if necessary enter the Licensee’s space to view condition, or for maintenance requirements and will endeavour to provide at least 24 hours notice to the Licensee.

Studio artist criteria

Te Tuhi’s studios provide an environment in which artists can develop their practices and expand their networks. It is intended that the studios will contribute to a vibrant arts and cultural community in Tāmaki Makaurau Auckland, combining principles of collaboration,  experimentation and inclusiveness, and engaging with the wider arts sector and the public through programmes including open studios, exhibitions and events.

To secure a space at Te Tuhi Studios, artists need to demonstrate how their values align with Te Tuhi’s kaupapa, and how they will contribute to the studio project as a whole.

Studios are prioritised for artists who are:

  • Committed to critically engaged contemporary art practice.
  • Either have, or are seeking to build, a career as a professional artist.
  • Exhibiting or engaging in opportunities (exhibitions, projects, residencies) locally, nationally and/or internationally.
  • Committed to regular ongoing use of their studio.
  • Committed to constructively participate in Te Tuhi’s art and education programmes.

Artists are offered shared studios at Te Tuhi’s discretion, and Te Tuhi will make every effort to match studios to artists’ practices appropriately. 

Studio artist activity

Te Tuhi’s studio artists are committed to community engagement. As well as using the studios as a space for their own practice, you can expect to see them opening their doors for public events including open studios.

Te Tuhi Studios are are open to the public for up to four days each year to raise the profile of the project and support fundraising efforts. Artists are expected to participate and engage with visitors during these events.

Artists can use their studios at any time.

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