Arts centres, theatres and galleries

Māngere Arts Centre - Ngā Tohu o Uenuku

Mangere Arts Centre - Ngā Tohu o Uenuku


Māngere Arts Centre - Ngā Tohu o Uenuku is a purpose-built complex that showcases artists in the community. It presents arts and culture that underpin the unique character of Māngere.

Arts offered

The centre focuses on Maori and Pacific visual and performing arts with the vision of developing a national and international profile. It is for people of all backgrounds and ages, and offers:

  • visual arts
  • crafts
  • heritage arts
  • multimedia
  • performing arts
  • theatre
  • dance
  • music.

The facility

Facilities available:

  • 390 m² of performing arts space
  • 217 m² of gallery space
  • 56 m² studio space
  • Foyers
  • Offices
  • Dressing rooms
  • Community kitchen
  • Space for a future café 
  • Outdoor courtyard

Mangere Arts Centre south elevation


The galleries are known for cutting-edge visual exhibitions of regional and national importance.

Gallery 1 and Gallery 2 feature a schedule of exhibitions by local and national artists. Gallery activities include public programmes, exhibition opening events, artist floor talks and demonstrations.

Find out the details of our current and upcoming exhibitions on the OurAuckland website.

Foyer Gallery

The foyer gallery compliments the two main exhibition galleries. It aims to engage, support, develop, promote and celebrate:

  • local emerging artists
  • artists who have not exhibited recently
  • community led visual arts projects.

This is done through exhibition development, project management and coordination, and through sharing their work with the people of Māngere and outside. This gallery helps communities build partnerships and existing relationships, resources and skills to achieve common goals.

The foyer gallery has approximately five exhibitions per year, each generally running for four weeks.

To submit an exhibition application form or to arrange a meeting to discuss your proposal, email the Mangere Arts Centre.


The theatre has extensive lighting and audio set-up for performances, workshops, rehearsals and events. We feature dance performances, New Zealand theatre and music by traditional performance groups, choirs, bands and youth events.

The Studio / Green Room has an adjacent kitchen where groups can self-cater for rehearsal and performance sessions. The room is ideal for small groups.

Community café

The community café supports the youth development programmes delivered by Affirming Works.

The café aims to make a significant difference through mentoring young people. Come in for our Tupu’anga coffee, freshly baked goodies and awesome hospitality. Every dollar spent is for the benefit of Māngere youth.

Get involved

We are looking for artists and performers to be part of Māngere Arts Centre - Ngā Tohu o Uenuku.

Contact us if you have a new CD to launch, or a theatre production waiting to be premiered.

Contact us


Corner Orly Avenue and Bader Drive, Māngere Town Centre

Postal address

Private Bag 92300, Auckland 1142

Contact details

Phone: 09 262 5789
Fax: 09 275 5919
Email the Mangere Arts Centre

Opening hours

Art galleries and general business hours:
Monday to Friday, 9am-5pm
Saturday, 10am-4pm
Sundays and public holidays, closed

Performing Arts Theatre
Monday to Sunday, 9am -11pm (depending on performances)
Public holidays, closed
Note: Art galleries are also open during theatre performances.

Christmas and New Year period

Closed from 12pm Friday, 23 December 2016 until 9am Monday, 16 January 2017

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