• Māpura Studios

Māpura Studios provide professional, person-centred, visual arts classes and art therapy programmes for adults, youth and children of all abilities in their studio in Fowlds Park, St Lukes, and at satellite locations around Auckland.

Provision is made for people living with disability and diversity or other social and personal need. Programmes are a unique synthesis of arts practice and self-development. Over 170 attend the subsidised weekly programmes including people living with the experience of Down Syndrome, Cerebral Palsy, visual impairment, intellectual disability and deafness. Māpura Studios also specialise in art therapy programmes and visual art sessions for adults with stroke-affect; art therapy for children with Autism Spectrum Disorder; and transition sessions for Very High Need students from Carlson School for Celebral Palsy.

Their visual arts programmes deliver an in-depth, experiential learning process orientated to the requirements, competencies and circumstances of the artists. The work provides a vehicle for self-development and wellbeing through creative expression and builds companionship and social community.

Māpura Studios maintain an extensive exhibition calendar at several public spaces and community galleries throughout Auckland (including Pah Homestead, Studio One Toi Tu – formerly Artstation, Corban Estate Art Centre, Mairangi Arts Centre, Bruce Mason Centre) to showcase artists’ work in the public arena.

Māpura Studios (formerly known as Spark Centre of Creative Development) is an independent organisation, governed by Panacea Arts Charitable Trust (CC20808) and funded by donations, sponsorships, grants and programme fees.

Opening Hours

  • Tuesday - Friday 10am - 3pm, Saturday - Sunday 8am - 5pm


  • 72 Hillsborough Road
  • Auckland 1345