ABOUT CORBAN ESTATE ARTS CENTRE
The Corban Estate Arts Centre (CEAC) is located at the historic Corban Winery Estate in Henderson, Waitakere City. The Arts Centre utilizes the historic winery buildings and is home to galleries which feature a changing programme of Exhibitions, a Cafe, Gallery Shop, and Artist’s Studios.
Corban Estate Arts Centre also offers a wide range of Arts and Cultural Events, and Education Programmes including Art Classes for Adults and Children and a Schools Education Programme.
There are approximately 20 artists working on site including painters, sculptors, and ceramic artists. See Artist’s Studios for more information or Guided Tours to arrange a visit.
CEAC is a half an hour drive (outside of rush hour) from the Auckland CBD, and within easy walking distance of the Henderson township. The Corban Estate Arts Centre is also located on the western rail line. See the Contact Us page for more information on public transport.
CEAC is open 7 days a week from 10am – 4.30pm, and entry to the exhibitions is free.
The development of the Corban Estate Arts Centre (CEAC) is an initiative that was undertaken by the Waitakere Arts and Cultural Development Trust (WACDT).
The Trust was set up by the Waitakere City Council in 1999 and took possession of the buildings on the Corban Winery site in June 2001, with the aim of establishing an Arts Centre. The Trust employed its first staff member in October of that year.
In September 2002 the Arts Centre was officially opened when the Trust completed the restoration of the Corban Homestead (pictured above right), and opened the building to the public. The upper level of the building is now home to three gallery spaces, a small gallery shop and the administrative offices for CEAC. The lower level contains a small teaching area and meeting room.
The land and buildings on the Corban Winery site are owned by the Waitakere City Council, and were purchased from the consortium that owned Corban Wines in 1991. While the Corban family still have a strong personal interest in the site, there is no longer any direct link to Corban Wines, which is now owned by Montana/Allied Domecq, other than the support that Allied Domecq give the Arts Centre through a sponsorship agreement.
The emphasis of CEAC is on the promotion and development of arts and culture in and for Waitakere City. The Corban Estate Arts Centre is an exciting new development for the arts infrastructure of Waitakere City. Over the coming years Council are discussing a number of projects planned to further advance the development of the Arts Centre. These include major redevelopment of the site – roadways, parking, and entrances; the development of a Performance Venue; a purpose built Pacific Island Arts and Cultural Centre and restoration of the existing buildings.
Corban Estate Arts Centre is a participant in the NZ Diversity Action Programme of the Human Rights Commission.