Venue Hire

The Old School Arts Centre is run by the Raglan Community Arts Council, a registered charity. Rooms and facilities are available for rent on a casual or regular basis. Off street parking is available in the front courtyard. To see for yourself the spaces we have on offer please contact the office [email protected] or call 07 825 0023.


There is an accessible toilet in the Old School building. Accessible parking and a ramp is available behind the Old School. Drive down the lane at the right of the Old School building. If you need assistance push the call button on the corner verandah post below the Accessible Assistance sign. It rings a chime in the office (open 10am – 2pm Mon-Fri). The ramp provides access to the lobby/ linkway connecting to the Old School building and the St Lazarus building. The steps at the front door of the Old School have a handrail.  

Accessibility for Theatre Workshop: There is an accessible staircase to the theatre workshop, upstairs in the Creative Space building behind the Old School. Wheel chair access is currently not available to the Theatre Workshop. We have started fundraising for a lift to be installed.

Theatre Room

The Theatre Room is an ideal venue for small events. Hold your classes, meetings, or small conferences here. The room is equipped with a whiteboard and a video projector. A home theatre system can be provided to show DCP, e-cinema and DVD/Blu-ray movies.  A sound system is also available. The size is 48 square metres (8 metres by 6 metres).

Theatre Room Capacities
Theatre 34
Boardroom 12
U-shape 18

Catering for working lunches available.

Music Performances / Gigs

Group performing in the Theatre Workshop
Group performing in the Theatre Room

The Theatre Room can be booked for music performances and gigs. The Community Gallery is also available when there isn’t an exhibition using the floor space. Both rooms are suitable for house concert-style intimate performances. With all timber surfaces the Community Gallery is ideal for acoustic performances. Audience numbers usually range from 20 to 40. The music space rental fee is $95 with performers keeping the door. This fee includes promotion in our monthly What’s On newsletter, poster distribution, website and Facebook listings plus an advert in the Raglan Chronicle.  A sound system is available for hire for a small extra fee, please enquire.  With two months notice the Arts Centre can open its Foyer Cafe & Bar. If you’d like to host a gig, talk to our coordinators. For some music events we may agree on a small set fee paid to performers with the Arts Centre taking the door.

Creative Workshops

The Old School Arts Centre has an ongoing programme of Creative Workshops. These include raranga, harakeke, mosaics, felting, painting, drawing, pottery, drama, dance and music.  Corporate workshops can be arranged to suit your requirements, please enquire for further details.

The Clay Shed

A very active part of the Old School Arts Centre is The Clay Shed, our community pottery. Come along to a workshop or join the pottery group and use the facilities. It is located in the Creative Space building behind the Old School.

Community Gallery

The Community Gallery at Old School Arts Centre is available for exhibitions. We offer a high-profile space, and substantial sales and promotion opportunities.

Exhibition opportunities are available for established and emerging artists and community groups. 

St Lazarus Art Studio

The Art Studio is located in the St Lazarus annex. It is equipped with with basins and with easy to clean flooring in order to accommodate arts practices that require use of water – eg painting, dying. Easels are available.

Commercial Kitchen

The kitchen in the St Lazarus annex is designed for commercial food preparation activities and is available for hire.  It is also available for catering of events at the Old School Arts Centre.

Theatre Workshop in the Creative Space building

The 1st floor Theatre Workshop in the Creative Space building is part of our new 2020 build designed to provide extra facilities requested by the community.  Accommodating up to 50 people seated, the Theatre Workshop is ideal for theatre performances, rehearsals, performing arts workshops, dance and physical practice classes (yoga, Nia, Qi-gong etc.). The size of the Theatre Workshop is 92 sq. metres  (11.5 metres by 8 metres). 

Theatre Workshop Capacities
Theatre 50
Workshops and classes 30 – please come to see the space for yourself as requirements vary

To hire a venue at the Raglan Old School Arts Centre, please download and complete the appropriate form:

Hire of portable video projector/screen for off-site use

Sound system rental agreement