About Us


Artists play an important role in society. By creating objects and situations that are new and interesting, they are able to enhance our understanding of the world.

At Hungry Creek Art & Craft School we believe art education is about developing strong individuals who are able to make their own way in the world of art and visual culture or to pursue further studies.

Class sizes are limited to 15-20 students, enabling each student to gain individual attention from tutors. We offer a friendly environment where collegiality and support are one of our core values.

We welcome students of all ages, offering education in the processes and concepts needed to be a successful artist or maker.

We are a private training establishment registered with the New Zealand Qualifications Authority (NZQA). The courses are approved by NZQA and Hungry Creek is accredited to teach them.

Students are entitled to the same loans and allowances as University and Polytechnic students


Our mission is to build and sustain a leading school of visual arts & craft, dedicated to creative excellence where the distinctive creative development of our students forms the core of our mission.


Our vision is to create and sustain a leading place of learning and teaching that provides a vibrant, challenging and distinctive environment where creative practitioners empower engaged students, artists and makers to realise their creative potential through meaningful participation and practice.


We believe that making art matters and that art & craft is central to culture, social value, community wellbeing and prosperity. We aspire to the highest standards of contemporary arts practice and achievement, locally and internationally.


Our purpose is to provide education that is world class and to be a crucible and incubator for creative thinking and making. We strive to maintain a strong community outreach programme for continued education and continue to add value to the cultural, economic and social community as the only Visual Arts School on the North Shore, Auckland, New Zealand. We also do this through our postgraduate partnership with Dunedin School of Art at Otago Polytechnic to bring the Bachelor of Visual Arts to our community.