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Here’s a quick introduction to what Make/Shift Spaces is all about, and just some of the projects we’ve done in the last 12 months.


Make/Shift Spaces works with a whole range of artists, creatives, community and special interest groups to fill spaces with vibrant installations and activity. We also use some of the spaces to tell stories about our community, with window displays and images.

The duration for each installation will vary - some may be weeks, others may be there for months. It depends on what the project is, as well as how long the space is available.

Some projects can be enjoyed as you stroll along the streets, like 'The Bird Butcher Shop of Trafalgar Street', and Sally Burton's 'White Gold'; and others may be more interactive, like CAN's information hub for raising awareness around housing solutions, and the solo play, The Bicycle & the Butcher's Daughter.

The best thing to do is start looking through the website!

Cultural Conversations

From: 05/09/2020 - Ongoing

220 Hardy Street, Nelson
(ex-Barkers Menswear)


Urban Ecologies by Kirsten Cooper

From: 18/12/2020 - Ongoing

116 Hardy Street
(next to Refinery ArtSpace)


Pop-Up Little Japan

From: 10/10/2020 - Ongoing

105 Collingwood Street
(next to Baker’s Coffee Shop)


The Bird Butcher Shop of Trafalgar Street

From: 26/09/2019 - Ongoing

256 Trafalgar Street, Nelson
(right next to ANZ Bank)


Brook Waimārama Sanctuary – Dean Raybould

From: 03/02/2020 - Ongoing

194 Trafalgar Street
(ex-Urban Beach)


As Make/Shift Spaces grows, so too will this website. We’ll keep adding news and updates on projects as they reveal themselves in our smart little city.


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